Nature & Conservation

From California to the Congo Basin, we use everything from advanced genomics to ancient tree rings to study the world’s complex, beautiful and dynamic ecosystems and how to protect them.


Forest in Cameroon


The Promise of Cameroon

John Harlow

UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute is out to definitively map the African rainforests, a mission that could revolutionize climate science — and just maybe save the planet.

In the News


Longcore Joins PLAN-Biodiversity Horizon Europe Project as Advisory Board Member

IoES Adjunct Professor Travis Longcore has joined the PLAN-Biodiversity project as an advisory board member. This innovative European project, “The Path Towards Addressing Adverse Impacts of Light and Noise Pollution on Terrestrial…

Graphic of starry night sky with text that says "Tackling noise and light pollution for a Sustainable Tomorrow" and "The Path Towards Addressing Adverse Impacts of Light and Noise Pollution on Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecosystems"


2024 CTR Newsletter is now available!

We are delighted to share that the 2024 CTR newsletter is now available! This issue features a letter from the Founder, insights from Co-Directors Dr. Elsa Ordway and Dr. Felipe Zapata, and…


Project Phoenix Now Accepting Volunteers!

Help researchers at UCLA and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County protect West Coast birds by recording your daily bird observations



Will changes at San Gabriel Mountains National Monument serve LA’s communities of color?

Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and founding director of the university’s California Center for Sustainable Communities, said that LA County needs to provide more public open space close to where people live. That way, city dwellers need not drive to the mountains in such high numbers in order to enjoy nature. Another way of limiting visitation, she said, might lie in initiating the kind of permitting strategy used at other popular parks, such as Yosemite, which caps guest numbers per day. Pincetl believes the importance of the lands to Indigenous people only heightens the need for better stewardship by all visitors and caretakers. “These spaces have historic cultural value and meaning for tribal people, and we’re asking them to share,” she said. “How do we graciously acknowledge their generosity in sharing this land with us by taking good care of it ourselves?”

A child plays along the Arroyo Seco near Switzer Picnic Area, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.


La Kretz Center Public Lecture Postponed Until Fall 2024

The 2024 UCLA Public Lecture has been postponed until September 28th, 2024.


Governor’s Climate and Forest Task Force: Remote Sensing Workshop at UCLA

The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF Task Force) held its first Remote Sensing Workshop at the University of California Los Angeles in June, 2023. The workshop was designed…

Open for business in the Congo rainforest

Recently, crew of college students from UCLA and Cameroon left convenience behind and plunged into the rainforest. Their objective: reopen a field station that had been shuttered for two decades,…