To understand the biotic processes that underlie and maintain the diversity of life in the tropics and to advance conservation efforts that protect species and their habitats.
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.
A paper by Štěpán Janeček, Michael Bartoš, and CTR researcher Kevin Y. Njabo was published in the Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. The article relates sunbird-_Impatiens_ pollination systems in Africa to those of hummingbirds in the New World.
A paper by CTR researchers Brenda Larison, Ryan Harrigan, Tom Smith and colleagues was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science offering new theories to this often debated question.
A paper by CTR Research Fellow Scott P. Carroll, Peter Sogard Jorgensen, Michael T. Kinnison, Carl T. Bergstrom, R. Ford Denison, Peter Gluckman, CTR Director Thomas B. Smith, Sharon Y. Strauss, and Bruce E. Tabashnik entitled "Applying evolutionary biology to address global challenges" has been published in Science Express, Science's repository of electronic publications in advance of print.
A new analysis by NASA, published in Nature, indicates a lengthy drought may take a toll on the Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world. Center for Tropical Research Senior Research Fellow Sassan Saatchi co-authored the study.
CTR Adjunct Professor, Ryan Harrigan was interviewed about the California drought and its impacts on mosquitos and West Nile Virus.
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.
The work of CTR affiliates and members of CABA Mary Katherine Gonder, Matt Mitchell, and Paul Sesink Clee about the troubling effects of climate change on the highly endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee subspecies has been featured in DrexelNow, published by the Drexel University's Office of University Communications.
"Endangered chimp habitat under threat from climate change" by John C. Cannon. mongabay.com, January 2015.
Science Magazine feature about the different theories associated with zebra striping, including a new one proposed by CTR researchers.
"Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Makes Temperature Connection" by Christine Dell’Amore. National Geographic Society, January 2015.
"Are Stripes A Zebra’s Cooling System?" by Scott Simon. NPR, January 2015.
"Why do zebras have stripes?" by Stuart Wolpert. UCLA Newsroom, January 2015.
"Why do zebras have stripes? Temperature counts". ScienceDaily, January 2015.
Video from the National Science Foundation website about the Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA), an international partnership of scientists, students, and policy makers working to build a framework to conserve biodiversity in Central Africa.
An Oppenheim Lecture presented by CTR Director Thomas B. Smith, describing the Center is leveraging the best available science to identify new protected areas in the face of resource extraction and climate change, the Congo Basin Institute, and a new intiative in Cameroon to reduce global emissions by avoiding deforestation in Cameroon, using emissions fees paid by climate gas emitters in the developed world.
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