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.
Writer Steve Nadis of the New Scientist features Tom Smith and PIRE collaborators Katy Gonder and Nicola Anthony in this article showcasing the importance of Congo Basin ecotones and biodiversity hotspots.
Bob Taylor, a world-renowned guitar maker of Taylor Guitars, donated $400,000 in support of ebony conservation research and restoration efforts, which will be coordinated by CTR's Thomas Smith, in Cameroon.
IoES’s Congo Basin Institute at heart of efforts to build environmental leadership in Africa. Click to read more about.
During a recent gala, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability raised $1.75 million for UCLA's environmental research, education, and community projects. Thomas Smith also received $400,000 in support of the Congo Basin Institute which works towards solutions to conserve the environment, climate change, food and water security, human disease, and loss of biodiversity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
An interview with CTR Director, Tom Smith, discussing our newly launched 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.
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.
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