Topical Tag: Conservation

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Events

Special Event

RISING SEAS: JELLYFISH JERKY

an immersive “campus as canvas” public event

6.4.2019

On your way to and from classes, meetings and daily life, we invite you to take a snack break that brings the scale and data of climate change into a visceral and embodied experience. This one-day public and free snack tasting happensas a UCLA “Campus as Canvas” event in the Court of Sciences, supported by...


Special Event

Why have so few countries taken strong measures to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?

The Four Worlds of Carbon Politics: A Talk with Michael L. Ross, UCLA Political Science

5.22.2019

ABOUT THE TALK: Why have so few countries taken strong measures to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? We develop a novel theory to explain variation in carbon policies across countries and over time, based on the sectoral composition of a country’s economy and its position in the global economy. It suggests that the fossil fuel...


Symposium

Blue Prosperity Symposium

2019 Student Research Presentations

5.10.2019

The first year of research for the Blue Prosperity program at UCLA concludes with a series of presentations by student researchers from the Anderson School of Management, the Luskin School of Public Policy, and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). Presentations will focus on topics relating to sustainable development in Pacific Islands, addressing:...

People

adam clause

Adam Clause

Research Associate

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

joscha beninde

Joscha Beninde

Postdoctoral Researcher

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

luke browne

Luke Browne

Postdoctoral Fellow

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

emily lindsey

Emily Lindsey

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Projects

sustainable ebony production in the congo basin

Sustainable ebony production in the Congo Basin

Rainforests have long been recognized for their importance to the entire planet. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, something all animals need to survive. They are also home to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, boasting a vast array of plants and animals, many of which are still undiscovered by humans....

western pond turtle at-risk species assessment

Western Pond Turtle at-risk species assessment

The western pond turtle is California’s only native freshwater turtle. The turtle’s numbers have been declining due to urbanization, limited water availability, and competition or predation from invasive species — making it a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is performing a pre-listing...

Publications


Repeated mowing to restore remnant native grasslands invaded by nonnative annual grasses: upsides and downsides above and below ground

Justin M. Valliere, Susan Balch, Carole Bell, Carlos Contreras, Bridget E. Hilbig

Published Work | 2018 | Restoration Ecology


Assessing effects of nonnative crayfish on mosquito survival

Gary M. Bucciarelli, Daniel Suh, Avery Davis Lamb, Dave Roberts, Debra Sharpton, H. Bradley Shaffer, Robert N. Fisher, Lee B. Kats

Published Work | 2018 | Conservation Biology

In the News

Headline

6.17.2019

Congo Basin Institute and Tom Smith in National Geographic: Cameroon’s embattled ebony trees get a lifeline—from guitar maker

Bob Taylor met Tom Smith, director of UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute, who had worked in Cameroon for decades and knew as much about its forest ecology as Taylor knew about guitars. They found themselves circling a shared quandary: The urgent need to regrow tropical hardwoods in the Congo Basin was hampered because scientists knew more...


Headline

4.23.2019

Congo Basin Institute in Guitar World: Taylor Guitars Makes History with Largest Recorded Planting of West African Ebony Trees

In 2016, Taylor partnered with the Congo Basin Institute to learn more about ebony ecology. The collaboration took form as The Ebony Project and has since produced groundbreaking research, providing the most accurate estimates of the size and scope of ebony’s native range, as well as capturing the first-ever images of insects that pollinate the...


Headline

4.12.2019

Congo Basin Institute in BBC: How to save the ebony tree

Taylor Guitar and UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute are trying to save the ebony tree in Cameroon. This BBC video talks about the ebony project and how Taylor Guitars is investing in the future of ebony trees. 

Video

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, while taking the pulse of local wildlife. Through their efforts and a project from UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute, the Bouamir research station is again open...

La Kretz Center Discussion: Life in the L.A. River

A discussion presented in partnership with the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum With the imminent revitalization of the L.A. River, the city’s landscape is about to transform. But how will the restoration project impact life in and around the river? In partnership with the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, the Natural...