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Image Credit: Omar Ornelas

Image Credit: Omar Ornelas

How many birds are killed by solar farms?

A meeting at Palm Springs City Hall raises the concern of the Palen solar farm project and how it will have a devastating effect on birds.

Image Credit: Tom Smith

Image Credit: Tom Smith

Life on the Edge

Writer Steve Nadis of the New Scientist features Tom Smith and PIRE collaborators Katy Gonder and Nicola Anthony in this article showcasing the importance of Congo Basin ecotones and biodiversity hotspots.

Image Credit: Kristina Hordzwick

Image Credit: Kristina Hordzwick

Taylor Guitars donates $400,000 toward ebony conservation and restoration in Cameroon

Bob Taylor, a world-renowned guitar maker of Taylor Guitars, donated $400,000 in support of ebony conservation research and restoration efforts, which will be coordinated by CTR's Thomas Smith, in Cameroon.

Image Credit: Olliver Girard

Image Credit: Olliver Girard

America’s legacy in its second term as facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership

IoES’s Congo Basin Institute at heart of efforts to build environmental leadership in Africa. Click to read more about.

Image Credit: Gregg DeGuire

Image Credit: Gregg DeGuire

UCLA IoES fundraiser honors champions of the environment

During a recent gala, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability raised $1.75 million for UCLA's environmental research, education, and community projects. Thomas Smith also received $400,000 in support of the Congo Basin Institute which works towards solutions to conserve the environment, climate change, food and water security, human disease, and loss of biodiversity.

Image Credit: Greg and Yvonne Dean

Image Credit: Greg and Yvonne Dean

Central African Forests Forever

Central African Forests Forever, by Meindert Brouwer, is a book by and for the people in Central Africa about preserving the Congo Basin rainforest, the second largest rainforest in the world, and surrounding forests in ten countries in Central Africa. The chapters are posted and accessible through this website.

Image Credit: Ganesh Jayaraman

Image Credit: Ganesh Jayaraman

Capturing Migration In A Strand Of DNA: Feathers Reveal A Bird’s Origins

In a study led by Kristen Ruegg, a new method has been unveiled to figure out a bird’s migration route from its DNA in a single feather. Ruegg experimented on the Wilson’s Warbler, a tiny, black-capped yellow songbird that shows up as a migrant everywhere in between northern North America and Central America.

Image Credit: Susan Perry

Image Credit: Susan Perry

CTR Newsletter 2015 Published

The Center for Tropical Research's 2015 newsletter is now available online as a PDF. It features articles by CTR Affiliated Faculty Member, Susan Perry, and EEB Graduate Students Allison-Fritts Penniman and Emily Curd.

UC Conservation Genomics Consortium

The UC Conservation Genomics Consortium’s ongoing project, funded by the UC Catalyst Grant Program, is aiming to establish a genomics network across six UC campuses in order to support research, develop new analytical tools, host workshops, and more. The Consortium has created a website to keep track of the project, click on the link to find out more.

CTR Faculty Affiliate, Robert Wayne receives UC Research Catalyst Award

Among the four recipients of the 2016 UC President’s Research Catalyst Awards is Robert Wayne, CTR Affiliated Faculty member and Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. His project, Preservation of Biodiversity through Conservation Genomics, aims to understand changes in gene expression and how threatened populations respond to their habitats and climate. CTR will be playing a role in this project by working with the tricolored blackbird, one of the featured threatened species.

Summer Field Course in Gabon, Africa

Members of the CAB Alliance, including CTR's Thomas Smith, will be teaching an undergraduate summer field course in Gamba, Gabon. Gamba is an amazing site, written up in National Geographic, where forest elephants walk the beaches and hippos surf in the ocean. Interested students can click the link for more information.

Image Credit: Tom Grey

Image Credit: Tom Grey

Persistent impacts of West Nile virus on North American bird populations

Recent research performed by several CTR faculty, including Thomas Smith and Ryan Harrigan, closely examined West Nile Virus (WNV) and its effects on the survival of avian populations. By using models of WNV risk and mark-recapture data of avian species, it was discovered that this disease can have persistent effects on avian populations even after its initial introduction to North America.

Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music

Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music

The Grammy Museum, the California Science Center, and Global Wildlife Conservation are collaborating together to host the Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music exhibit where musicians and scientists are partnering up to tell the story of biodiversity issues in earth's ecosystems. Paul Barber, a CTR Faculty Affiliate member, will be one of the featured scientists at the exhibit working in parallel with Jack Johnson, a Grammy winning artist.

UCLA’s Bird Genoscape Project to aid conservation efforts for North American birds threatened by climate change

UCLA’s Bird Genoscape Project to aid conservation efforts for North American birds threatened by climate change

Researchers will use a $600,000 donation from First Solar to create “genoscape” maps of migratory bird populations

The Bird Genoscape Project with Kristen Ruegg

The Bird Genoscape Project with Kristen Ruegg

Kristen Ruegg, in a podcast discussing a new technique for assessing the migratory connectivity of bird populations, which they have dubbed, the Bird Genoscape Project.


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