CTR In the Media

"Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest"

Scientists say a long drought that has affected trees in Central Africa could help them understand how global warming may harm vegetation. Featuring research by Sassan Saatchi, Center for Tropical Research Senior Research Fellow.

This story was also featured on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website and Nature's News & Views section.

"Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor"

Article on CTR's modeling of climate change-induced West Nile virus spread.

This story was also covered by Rebecca Kendall at the UCLA Newsroom.

"West Nile virus cases likely to increase in Calif."

Interview with Ryan Harrigan about his research on West Nile virus in the United States.

"Ornithologists discover why Wilson’s Warbler sub-species vanishing"

Birdsnews.com. October 2013. Tom Smith, CTR director is quoted.

"Preserving Cameroon's treasures"

The LA Times published an op-ed by Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about the country's conservation challenges and actions needed to protect the region's natural resources.

Click here to read it on the LA Times' website.

"Elephant Poaching"

The Guardian published a letter to the editor from Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about biodiversity loss resulting from this illegal practice.

"UCLA professor leads effort to protect Africa's rainforests from ravages of climate change"

Article on an international research project investigating the effect of climate change on biodiversity in Central Africa's rainforests. The project is headed by CTR Director Thomas Smith under a $4.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

"Growing threats to biodiversity 'arks'"

Article on a study on averting biodiversity collapse in protected tropical areas which Center for Tropical Research director Tom Smith participated in. The study itself is published in the journal Nature.

"We need more concerted efforts to save the Congo Basin"

Dr. Zac Tchoundjeu wins the 2012 National Geographic/Buffet Award for his invaluable contributions toward the conservation of biodiversity in the Congo Basin.

"Rainforest Hero Leaves Brazil for Los Angeles"

Article on Hilton Oyamaguchi's talk at the G2 Gallery's Young Environmentalists Symposium. The talk features his efforts to protect tree frogs and preserve transitional savannah between patches of dense vegetation.

"UCLA's Dr. Thomas Smith trains students to tackle Earth-changing issues"

Article on Professor Thomas Smith's research, training, and teaching.

The story was also featured on the News page of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

"Connecting Wintering and Breeding Sites of Migratory Songbirds Using New Isotopic and Genetic Methods"

Volume 12 of MAPS Chat, the annual newsletter of the MAPS program, features CTR Researcher Kristen Ruegg's article on migratory songbirds.

"With high-tech system, Egypt hopes to avoid possible pandemic"

Report on the workshop on avian influenza conducted by researchers from CTR for Egyptian researchers, veterinarians, and ecologists. 

The story was also featured on the News page of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

“Mapping Avian Influenza Risk in U.S. Wild Songbirds”

The National Science Foundation featured the Center for Tropical Research study, "Effects of Deforestation on the Prevalence of Blood-Borne Pathogens in African Rainforest Birds."

The story was also featured on the News page of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

"First REDD+ Project in Cameroon announced"

Coverage announcing the Center for Tropical Research (CTR) partnership with Global Green Carbon Corporation (GGC) on a major conservation project in Cameroon.

View the coverage by PRWeb.com and Mongabay.com.

"UCLA scientists find H1N1 flu virus prevalent in animals in Africa"

Report on an article by CTR researchers and colleagues recently accepted by Veterinary Microbiology, “Pandemic A/H1N1/2009 influenza virus in Swine, Cameroon 2010”

Reports on the article were carried on various websites, including: ScienceDaily, Fogarty News, PhysOrg.com, UC Health, Pandemic Information News, Bio-Medicine, and InfectionControlToday.

"Themes of Hunger, Food, and Survival - An award-winning book by Judith Carney explores how food crops from Africa crossed the ocean with slaves and soon became a staple of American agriculture."

To view the PDF of the article about the book, In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World (written by CTR affiliates Judith Carney and Richard Rosomoff), click here.

G2 Gallery event on April 27, 2011supporting the UCLA International Research and Training Center in Cameroon

Part 1 covers highlights of the program and part 2 features interviews with Tom Smith and Kevin Njabo.

"Day of reckoning for Ecuador's biodiversity"

To view PDF of article, click here.

"The Fight for Yasuni"

To view PDF of article, click here. Also see ScienceShot: Yasuni Reveals Its Hidden Creatures and The Fight for Yasuni Photo Slideshow.

“West Nile virus more prevalent in low-income neighborhoods, study finds”

Report on an article by CTR researchers and colleagues published online in PLoS ONE, “Economic conditions predict prevalence of West Nile virus”

Reports on the article were also published in UC Health, The Orange County Register and other publications.

“Judith Carney, Siddharth Kara, and Richard Rosomoff to Share $25,000 Frederick Douglass Book Prize"

Also see the University of California Press Blog and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability news posting.

"Staggering tree loss from 2005 Amazon storm"

Press release on online in press article by CTR researchers and colleagues in Geophysical Research Letters, "Widespread Amazon forest tree mortality from a single cross-basin squall line event."

Article publication also covered in NASA/JPL News and Features, Science Daily, and ScienceNow.

“U.S. songbirds carry low-risk bird flu, study finds”

Report on article by CTR researchers and colleagues published online in BMC Infectious Diseases, “Mapping the risk of avian influenza in wild birds in the U.S.”

Reuters story carried on multiple media websites nationally and internationally, including ABC News and MSNBC

Press release 10-112, “Borne on the Wing: Avian Influenza Risk in U.S. Wild Songbirds Mapped” | Results are first to track avian influenza virus in passerines

Press release on article by CTR researchers and colleagues published online in BMC Infectious Diseases, “Mapping the risk of avian influenza in wild birds in the U.S.”

“El Tapir – Representante ancestral de una tierra de gigantes”
(The tapir – Representative of an ancestral land of giants)

Article (in Spanish) in Mexican magazine published by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología

"Pompadours in the Palms"PDF

A rare bird’s elaborate mating habits help a tropical tree disperse its seeds.

“La vida secreta del pájaro paraguas longipéndulo”
(The secret life of the long-wattled umbrellabird)PDF

Ecuadorian newspaper article (in Spanish) on study conducted by Dr. Jordan Karubian, CTR Latin America Director

Paper by CTR researchers A. Kirschel, D. Blumstein, and T. Smith chosen by Faculty of 1000 Biology as a "must read" (with a 6.0 rating)

Original paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "Character displacement of song and morphology in African tinkerbirds"

"UCLA scientists discover ultrasonic communication among frogs"

Reporting on article published in PLoS ONE, "Pure Ultrasonic Communication in an Endemic Bornean Frog"

A Newsletter from the University of California President for the UC Community

featuring UCLA Today article, "Teaching eco ethics in the Ecuadorean rainforest"

"Teaching eco ethics in the Ecuadorean rainforest"

"New World Wolves and Coyotes Owe Debt to Dogs"

Reporting on article published in Science Express, "Molecular and Evolutionary History of Melanism in North American Gray Wolves"

Additional news coverage from UCLA Newsroom

"Gov't, Partners Mobilise Against Avian Influenza"

"A New Jungle Book: Teaching Eco Ethics"

"PHOTO IN THE NEWS: Regurgitating Birds Aid Rain Forest"

"Islands in the sky: the impact of Pleistocene climate cycles on biodiversity"

Minireview of paper by John McCormack et al. in BMC Biology
"Integrating paleoecology and genetics of bird populations in two sky island archipelagos"

"Global warming affects warm-weather species too, study finds"

Press Release

"Global Warming, Elevation Range Shifts, and Lowland Biotic Attrition in the Wet Tropics"

"Creating a New Defense for Biodiversity"

"Could Preserving Biodiversity Reduce Disease? EPA Funds $2.25 Million to Research Connections"

"UCLA goes back to nature at BioBlitz"

"Santa Monica Mountains bioblitz invites nature lovers 24 hour observation"

Interview with Professors Thomas Smith and Louis Bernatchez, summit co-organizers and Molecular Ecology Special Issue Guest Editors

Interview with Professors Thomas Smith and Louis Bernatchez, summit co-organizers and Molecular Ecology Special Issue Guest Editors

CTR Director Thomas Smith's address to the Focus the Nation audience at UCLA

Also available on UCLA's iTunes U: http://www.sustain.ucla.edu/academics/sustainability_media_on_itunes_u.php

"L’éprouvette Terre"

(to view English translation, click here)

"First Response"

"Global warming, other research from UCLA summit featured in journal"

"Humans take control of evolution"

"Science & Health: Summit to link politics, environment"

"The Lands Where Species Are Born"


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