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.

Betty & E.P. Franklin Grant in Tropical Biology and Conservation

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 1, 2014. Please click here for more information.

UCLA forges new partnership to promote the conservation and responsible management of the Congo Basin's tropical forests

The University of California, Los Angeles has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). By doing so, UCLA affirms that their activities in Africa are consistent with the very principles within the cooperation framework of CBFP members to advance sustainable management of forest ecosystems and conservation of biodiversity in Central Africa.

Predicting hotspots for future flu outbreaks

The Center for Tropical Research published a paper in the peer-reviewed public health journal Emerging Infectious Diseases predicting likely hotspots for reassortment based on research locations where bird flu outbreaks, human flu outbreaks and swine populations overlapped.
UCLA Newsroom, March 2013.

More Press Coverage

UCLA-led team predicts China, Egypt could be new-flu hot spots. LA Times, March 2013.
(Tom Smith, CTR director is quoted.)

14 sick, 5 dead as new bird flu moves beyond birds, threatens people. LA Times, April 2013.
(Trevon Fuller, a CTR research fellow is quoted.)

Africa Matters: Envisioning an Equitable and Sustainable Africa

Bridging the sciences and the humanities, UCLA scholars consider how we might counteract “business as usual” and imagine new possibilities for a more equitable and sustainable future. Kevin Njabo, Center for Tropical Research Africa Director, will be participating.

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Dr. Thomas B. Smith Director, Professor and Director of the Center for Tropical Research, will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in the Lenart Auditorium of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Click here to RSVP by April 23.

Center for Tropical Research scientists collaborate with centers for disease control to track spread of deadly bird virus

Center for Tropical Research scientists have developed a risk model using H7N9 outbreaks in eastern China from March-May 2013 along with satellite and transportation data, which correctly predicted the introduction of H7N9 into Guangxi autonomous region in southeastern China, Jilin province in northeastern China, and Macau in southeastern China in early 2014. We believe that by forecasting viral spread up to six months in advance, this approach gives decision-makers enough time to implement control measures such as closing live bird markets, potentially blocking transmission into susceptible areas.

A continental risk assessment of West Nile virus under climate change

A team of researchers from the Center for Tropical Research at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, led by Ryan Harrigan, Ph.D., has created the first North American model to help predict where the West Nile virus may occur under present and future climate change scenarios. Their analyses also identify current and future hotspots of West Nile virus transmission and present an important new approach for monitoring the risk of this and other vector-borne diseases.

Center for Tropical Research publication receives award for excellence in tropical biology and conservation

The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and Biotropica selected “Mating Behavior Drives Seed Dispersal by the Long-wattled Umbrellabird Cephalopterus penduliger” by Jordan Karubian, Renata Durães, Jenny Storey, & Thomas Smith for the honor.

Is West Nile virus coming to your town? UCLA releases first risk-assessment predictions

CTR researchers have created a model to help predict where the disease may occur under future climate change. Their findings were published Feb. 27 in the journal Global Change Biology.

More Press Coverage

Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor. Time Magazine, February 2014.

Study: West Nile virus cases likely to increase in Calif. 89.9 KPCC, February 2014.
(Ryan Harrigan, a CTR research fellow is interviewed.)

Ornithologists discover why Wilson’s Warbler sub-species vanishing

Birdsnews.com. October 2013. Tom Smith, CTR director is quoted.

Preserving Cameroon's Treasures

The LA Times published an op-ed by Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about the country's conservation challenges and actions needed to protect the region's natural resources.

Elephant Poaching

The Guardian published a letter to the editor from Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about biodiversity loss resulting from this illegal practice.

CABAlliance - Mist Netting Birds in Ebo Forest, Cameroon

Dr. Thomas Smith sets up mist nets to catch birds at the Njuma Camp of the Ebo Forest.

Speciation research on the Reunion gray white-eye

A short introduction to the research of how the Reunion gray white-eye has diversified into different plumage forms in different parts of the small island of Reunion, in the South Indian Ocean.

NSF PIRE Science and Policy Workshop Yaounde, Cameroon, July 3, 2013

Coverage from the National Cameroon TV station (CRTV) reporting on the goals and expectations of the Science and Policy Workshop, held as part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF, United States of America) Partnerships in Research and Education (PIRE).

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