• Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research

Mission

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.

Call for Applicants: Betty and E.P. Franklin Grant Program

Call for Applicants: Betty and E.P. Franklin Grant Program

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.

CARN Congo Basin Grant Program

CARN Congo Basin Grant Program

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.

2014 CTR Newsletter Published

2014 CTR Newsletter Published

The Center for Tropical Research's 2014 newsletter is now available online as a PDF. It features articles by Senior Research Fellow Timothy Bonebrake, Graduate Student Rachel Johnston, and UCLA Geography Graduate Student Tom Narins.

Central African Biodiversity Alliance Featured on NSF Website

Central African Biodiversity Alliance Featured on NSF Website

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.

Convergent evolution of sunbird pollination systems of Impatiens species in tropical Africa and hummingbird systems of the New World

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.

Image Credit: Brenda Larison

Image Credit: Brenda Larison

How the zebra got its stripes: a problem with too many solutions

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.

Applying evolutionary biology to address global challenges

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.

Widespread decline of Congo rainforest greenness in the past decade

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.

Climate Wire

Image Credit: Climate Wire

Heat, drought, swimming pools helped spread record West Nile disease outbreak in Calif.

CTR Adjunct Professor, Ryan Harrigan was interviewed about the California drought and its impacts on mosquitos and West Nile Virus.

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.

Image Credit: Paul Sesink Clee

Image Credit: Paul Sesink Clee

Studies of Africa’s Most Endangered Chimpanzees Show Complex Evolutionary Past, Perilous Future

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.

More Press Coverage

"Endangered chimp habitat under threat from climate change" by John C. Cannon. mongabay.com, January 2015.

Image Credit: Brenda Larison

Image Credit: Brenda Larison

A new explanation for zebra stripes

Science Magazine feature about the different theories associated with zebra striping, including a new one proposed by CTR researchers.

More Press Coverage

"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.

Congo Basin Institute (French Subtitles)

Congo Basin Institute (French Subtitles)

Video about the Congo Basin Institute, dedicated to finding solutions to the interconnected issues of climate change, human disease, food and water security, and loss of biodiversity.

Protecting Biodiversity

Protecting Biodiversity

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.

Congo Basin Institute (English Version)

Congo Basin Institute (English Version)

Video about the Congo Basin Institute, dedicated to finding solutions to the interconnected issues of climate change, human disease, food and water security, and loss of biodiversity.

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest

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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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 cgomez@lifesci.ucla.edu. Visitors are always welcome.

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