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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers will use a $600,000 donation from First Solar to create “genoscape” maps of migratory bird populations
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.
Led by CTR Director, Tom Smith, UCLA has partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Yaounde, Cameroon to form UCLA's first foreign affiliate, the Congo Basin Institute. CBI's inauguration was held on June 20, 2015.
Applications for the Betty and E.P. Franklin Grant in Tropical Biology and Conservation are now being accepted. UCLA graduate students planning tropical fieldwork are encouraged to apply before May 3, 2015. Please click here for more information.
Applications are now open for the Congo Basin Grant Program, which is offered by one of the Center for Tropical Research's partners, Conservation Action Research Network (CARN). The program provides competitive research grants of up to $5,000 USD for African graduate students and early career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region. Download an informational flyer or visit the CARN website to learn more about this opportunity.
The Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA) has been featured on the National Science Foundation's website. The National Science Foundation funds CABA through the Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program, which supports innovative, international research and education collaborations.
On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of State Facilitation Team of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) welcomed the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as one of its newest partners, along with Drexel University and the University of Maryland. For more information on the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), please visit pfbc-cbfp.org.