Meet Our Team

The faculty, staff, and collaborators of the Center for Tropical Research reflect its international commitment to multidisciplinary research.  Our team includes field biologists, mathematical modelers, and policy experts from the Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.  All are committed to conducting cutting edge scientific research that can be applied to address global environmental challenges.

Leadership

thomas smith

Thomas Smith

Founding Director, Center for Tropical Research, Co-Executive Director, Congo Basin Institute

Distinguished Professor, Center for Tropical Research and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Faculty

trevon fuller

Trevon Fuller

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
ryan harrigan

Ryan Harrigan

Assistant Adjunct Professor, IoES; Assistant Researcher

Center for Tropical Research
brenda larison

Brenda Larison

Assistant Adjunct Professor

UCLA Center for Tropical Research & Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
kevin njabo

Kevin Njabo

Africa Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor

Center for Tropical Research
kristen ruegg

Kristen Ruegg

Assistant Professor; Assistant Adjunct Professor

Biology, Colorado State University; UCLA IoES

Senior Staff

kevin njabo

Kevin Njabo

Africa Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor

Center for Tropical Research
kristen ruegg

Kristen Ruegg

Assistant Professor; Assistant Adjunct Professor

Biology, Colorado State University; UCLA IoES
jordan karubian

Jordan Karubian

Associate Researcher and Latin America Director

Center for Tropical Research
trevon fuller

Trevon Fuller

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
ryan harrigan

Ryan Harrigan

Assistant Adjunct Professor, IoES; Assistant Researcher

Center for Tropical Research

Affiliate Faculty

mike alfaro

Mike Alfaro

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
walter allen

Walter Allen

Distinguished Professor

Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
paul barber

Paul Barber

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Martin Cody

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
j.r. deshazo

J.R. DeShazo

Professor and Director

Department of Public Policy, Luskin Center for Innovation
arthur gibson

Arthur Gibson

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
malcolm gordon

Malcolm Gordon

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
greg grether

Greg Grether

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
alan grinnell

Alan Grinnell

Brain Research Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine, Integrative Biology and Physiology
susanna hecht

Susanna Hecht

Professor

Department of Urban Planning, School of Public Affairs
ann hirsch

Ann Hirsch

Professor

Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Steve Hubbell

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
nathan-kraft-2

Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
glen macdonald

Glen MacDonald

WMRC Director, WRG Faculty Director, John Muir Memorial Chair in Geography, and Distinguished Professor

Department of Geography, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
kenneth nagy

Kenneth Nagy

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
peter narins

Peter Narins

Professor

David Geffen School of Medicine, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Integrative Biology & Physiology
peter nonacs

Peter Nonacs

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
stephanie pincetl, phd

Stephanie Pincetl, PhD

Chair, Environmental Science and Engineering; Founding Director and Professor-in-Residence

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA
marilyn raphael

Marilyn Raphael

Interim Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Professor, Department of Geography
anne rimoin

Anne Rimoin

Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology, Fielding School of Public Health
michael ross

Michael Ross

Professor

Department of Political Science and International Institute
philip rundel

Philip Rundel

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
lawren sack

Lawren Sack

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
eric savitsky

Eric Savitsky

Founder & Executive Director

Center for International Emergency Medicine
h. bradley shaffer

H. Bradley Shaffer

UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
victoria sork

Victoria Sork

Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
marc suchard

Marc Suchard

Professor

Biomathematics, Biostatistics, David Geffen School of Medicine

Richard Vance

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
thomas wake

Thomas Wake

Senior Museum Scientist and Director, Zooarchaeology Lab

UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
robert wayne

Robert Wayne

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
yongkang xue

Yongkang Xue

Professor

Department of Geography, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
felipe zapata

Felipe Zapata

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Researchers

trevon fuller

Trevon Fuller

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
jen tinsman

Jen Tinsman

Senior Research Fellow

UCLA Center for Tropical Research

Postdoctoral Scholars

ying zhen

Ying Zhen

Postdoctoral Scholar

Center for Tropical Research

Graduate Students

kelly barr

Kelly Barr

Graduate Student

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
zack gold

Zack Gold

PhD Student; Leader of the Marine Center Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Network

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
ellen kersten

Ellen Kersten

Graduate Student

UC Berkeley Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
katherine mertes

Katherine Mertes

PhD Candidate

Yale University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Nick Russo

Nick Russo

Graduate Student

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Staff

Steering Committee

peter narins

Peter Narins

Professor

David Geffen School of Medicine, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Integrative Biology & Physiology

Senior Research Fellows

eric abelson

Eric Abelson

Research Wildlife Biologist

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
arkhat abzhanov

Arkhat Abzhanov

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Life Sciences

Imperial College London
eric anderson

Eric Anderson

University of California, Santa Cruz and Southwest Fisheries Science Center
philippe auzel

Philippe Auzel

McGill University, Quebec, Canada & Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science
elena berg

Elena Berg

Assistant Professor

American University of Paris
jeffrey brawn

Jeffrey Brawn

Professor and Head

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
thomas brooks

Thomas Brooks

Head

Science and Knowledge Unit, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
michael bruford

Michael Bruford

Professor / Research Division Leader (Organisms and Environment) / Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Researcher

Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom
wolfgang buermann

Wolfgang Buermann

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
scott carroll

Scott Carroll

University of California, Davis & Institute for Contemporary Evolution, Davis, California
anton cornel

Anton Cornel

Associate Entomologist

University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
emily curd

Emily Curd

Postdoctoral Researcher

UCLA Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
david desante

David DeSante

Comptroller and President

The Institute for Bird Populations
thomas dietsch

Thomas Dietsch

Migratory Bird Biologist

US Fish and Wildlife Service Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
renata durães ribeiro

Renata Durães Ribeiro

Adjunct Professor, AAUW Post-doctoral Fellow

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
adam freedman

Adam Freedman

Data Scientist

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Informatics Group, Harvard Univeristy
anthony giordano

Anthony Giordano

President & Chief Conservation Officer

The Society for the Preservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International Ecological Study
piotr jablonski

Piotr Jablonski

Professor

Seoul National University, Korea School of Biological Sciences

Hugh Jones

Clinical Associate Professor

University of Western Australia

Frank Joyce

Program Director

University of California Education Abroad Program Tropical Biology and Conservation Program, Costa Rica
megan kelso

Megan Kelso

NatureNet Science Fellow

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
alexander kirschel

Alexander Kirschel

Lecturer and Head of Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Lab

University of Cyprus Department of Biological Sciences
erin marnocha

Erin Marnocha

Program Coordinator

University of California Natural Reserve System
peter marra

Peter Marra

Head of Migratory Bird Center

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Washington, D.C.
eduardo mendoza ramírez

Eduardo Mendoza Ramírez

Coordinador Maestría en Ciencias en Ecología Integrativa

Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo Instituto de Investigaciones sobre los Recursos Naturales (INIRENA)
victoria meyer

Victoria Meyer

Research Scholar

National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory
borja milá

Borja Milá

Research Scientist

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC Biodiversidad y Biologia Evolutiva
ranjan muthukrishnan

Ranjan Muthukrishnan

Postdoctoral Scholar

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
cully nordby

Cully Nordby

Associate Director

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
matthew orr

Matthew Orr

Assistant Professor

Biology Department, Oregon State University Cascades
sonal pandya-dalal

Sonal Pandya-Dalal

Director, Business & Sustainability Council

Conservation International Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
bikash parida

Bikash Parida

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering, Shiv Nadar University
debra pires

Debra Pires

Instructional Consultant and Academic Administrator

UCLA Center for Education Innovation in Life Sciences
john poulsen

John Poulsen

Assistant Professor of Tropical Ecology

Duke University
mark reynolds

Mark Reynolds

Lead Scientist, Migratory Birds Initiative

The Nature Conservancy
amy rogers

Amy Rogers

Senior Fellow

Pinchot Institute for Conservation
rafael rueda

Rafael Rueda

Post Doctoral Scholar

Institute of Ecology INECOL, Ambiente y Sustentabilidad
sassan saatchi

Sassan Saatchi

Senior Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Adjunct Professor

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
raul sedano

Raul Sedano

Assistant Teacher

Universidad del Valle (Univalle), Colombia
nathalie seddon

Nathalie Seddon

Director Biodiversity Institute; Royal Society University Research Fellow, Associate Professor

University of Oxford Department of Zoology
ravinder sehgal

Ravinder Sehgal

Associate Professor

San Francisco State University Department of Biology
irem sepil

Irem Sepil

Postdoctoral Researcher

Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford
h. bradley shaffer

H. Bradley Shaffer

UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
yali si

Yali Si

Assistant Professor

Tsinghua University
miles silman

Miles Silman

Professor of Biology and Ranlet and Frank Bell Jr. Faculty Fellow

Wake Forest University
whendee silver

Whendee Silver

Professor and Rudy Grah Chair

UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources
greg spicer

Greg Spicer

Professor of Biology and Faculty Director, Conservation Genetics Laboratory

San Francisco State University Department of Biology
kathryn stoner

Kathryn Stoner

Head and Professor

New Mexico State University Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
kelly swing

Kelly Swing

Director & Professor

Tiputini Biodiversity Station and Universidad San Francisco de Quito / Boston University
corey tarwater

Corey Tarwater

Assistant Professor

University of Wyoming Dept. of Zoology and Physiology and Biodiversity Institute
jen tinsman

Jen Tinsman

Senior Research Fellow

UCLA Center for Tropical Research

Amy Wolf

Postdoctoral Scholar

Columbia University
nathan wolfe

Nathan Wolfe

Visiting Professor in Human Biology

Stanford University, Metabiota & Global Viral

Alumni

emily curd

Emily Curd

Postdoctoral Researcher

UCLA Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
john poulsen

John Poulsen

Assistant Professor of Tropical Ecology

Duke University