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

Senior Staff

Kevin Njabo

Africa Director and Associate Adjunct Professor

Center for Tropical Research

Kristen Ruegg

Assistant Professor; Assistant Adjunct Professor

Biology, Colorado State University; UCLA IoES

Jordan Karubian

Associate Researcher and Latin America Director

Center for Tropical Research

Trevon Fuller

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Ryan Harrigan

Associate Adjunct Professor, IoES; Associate Researcher, CTR


Steering Committee

Thomas Gillespie

Co-Chair, Environmental Science and Engineering (D.Env.) Program; Professor

Department of Geography

Peter Narins


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

Allen Roberts


World Arts and Cultures, International Institute