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

Image Credit: Ganesh Jayaraman

Image Credit: Ganesh Jayaraman

Capturing Migration In A Strand Of DNA: Feathers Reveal A Bird’s Origins

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.

Image Credit: Susan Perry

Image Credit: Susan Perry

CTR Newsletter 2015 Published

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.

UC Conservation Genomics Consortium

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.

CTR Faculty Affiliate, Robert Wayne receives UC Research Catalyst Award

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.

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.

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

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.

Robert Wayne receives UC Research Catalyst Award for biodiversity preservation

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.

Image Credit: Reuters

Image Credit: Reuters

Climate Change Could Force 100M Into Poverty By 2030, World Bank Group Report Says

A new World Bank Group report says that climate change could impoverish 100 million people worldwide. CTR Director, Thomas Smith, was interviewed in this article and provides his perspective on the topic.

Image Credit: Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons

Image Credit: Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons

West Nile virus killing millions more birds than previously thought, UCLA researchers find

CTR Assistant Adjunct Professor and co-author on a recently published paper in PNAS, Ryan Harrigan was interviewed about survival rates of bird species after the introduction of West Nile virus.

More Press Coverage

"West Nile virus still wiping out birds across North America" by Virginia Morell. Science Magazine, November 2015.

"New Research: Songbirds’ Silent Killer". IoES Website, November 2015.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

These Maps Could Help Save Birds Threatened By Climate Change

An interview with CTR Director, Tom Smith, discussing our newly launched Bird Genoscape Project.

Final cut Genoscape Project

Bird Genoscape Project

Video from Center for Tropical Research and First Solar Inc, describing a new partnership, the Bird Genoscape Project, that will assist conservation efforts for migratory birds.


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.

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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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