Jordan Karubian

Assistant ProfessorTulane University Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Latin America DirectorUCLA Center for Tropical Research

Associate ResearcherUCLA Institute of the Environment


UCLA (310) 206-6234
Tulane University (504) 865-5549

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Center for Tropical Research
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

University of California, Los Angeles
Lakretz Hall, Suite 300, Box 951456
619 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

Research Interests

I am a behavioral ecologist who tackles basic and applied questions in avian ecology and conservation from an evolutionary perspective. In Australia, I have investigated the evolutionary causes and consequences of male polymorphism in the Red-backed Fairy-wren, a small passerine. In Ecuador, I have researched how social biology affects ecological processes like seed dispersal in the endangered Long-wattled Umbrellabird. In addition to research, my work in Ecuador has a strong applied component including training, education, and involvement of local residents and young biologists at local, national, and international levels.In both projects, I have adopted a blend of observational and experimental techniques that range from morphological and demographic studies to molecular and phylogenetic analyses. This combined approach has helped to elucidate general evolutionary principles of behavioral ecology.

Curriculum Vitae

PDFs of Publications

Research and Conservation in Ecuador

Red-backed fairy-wren research in Australia

Videos of Conservation and Research Projects in Ecuador

We have produced a 20-minute video of CTR's research, training, and educational projects in the Choco rainforests of Ecuador. To request a DVD of the video, please email me at A shortened version of the video (available in English and Spanish) can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Click here for a five-minute streaming video of CTR's projects in Ecuador.

Haz click aqui por un breve video de los proyectos de CTR en Ecuador en espanol.

CTR Bird

Center for Tropical Research | UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300 | 619 Charles E. Young Dr. East | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

The Center for Tropical Research, located on the third floor of La Kretz Hall, is part of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. For general inquiries, contact Christa Gomez, CTR Office Manager, at (310) 206-6234, or by email at Visitors are always welcome.

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