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center for tropical research celebrates 20 years of science and conservation

Center for Tropical Research celebrates 20 years of science and conservation

Since its founding in 1997, the center has made important environmental discoveries in more than 45 countries on four continents, publishing more than 300 academic articles. Its work ranges from studying the ecology and conservation of migratory bird populations in North, Central and South America to how biodiversity in generated and maintained in the rainforests...

Events

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:...


Symposium

EARTH NOW: EARTH 2050

UCLA College Luskin Endowment Inaugural Symposium

10.18.2016

From public policy to installation art, EARTH NOW: EARTH 2050 explores all facets of modern environmental challenges and highlights efforts to make lives and businesses more sustainable. The program includes talks from top experts, workshops, local and national nonprofit organizations, art, a student film contest—and much more. We will highlight UCLA campus-wide sustainability while showcasing the new Luskin Conference Center and honoring the generosity of Meyer and Renee Luskin.

People

jamie lucarelli

Jamie Lucarelli

Graduate student

chloe whicker

Deepshikha Upadhyay

Undergraduate student

chloe whicker

Jimmy Lee

Undergraduate student

luciana alves

Luciana Alves

Assistant Researcher

Center for Tropical Research

Projects

View of Earth from space

Environmental Science Without Borders

Environmental Science Without Borders (ESWB) is an international peer-mentorship program where students and scientists from different countries come together and learn from one another in environmental fields. ESWB was created by CDLS postdoctoral fellow Adeyemi Adebiyi who recognized that many abroad might be interested in working in science but may lack the infrastructure, skills, and...

fellowships

Fellowships

Fellowships are at the core of our center, and create pathways into leadership. Our fellows are provided with financial support and engage in research, mentorship, and outreach. 

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....

In the News

Headline

9.27.2017

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation awards $20 million in environmental grants

The Congo Basin Institute at UCLA has received a grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF). This gift will expand conservation and restoration efforts at Bouamir Research Station in Cameroon, developing technologies that engage indigenous residents and African researchers. Click the link to visit the official LDF article.


Headline

6.1.2017

New carbon map will help protect the DRC’s rainforests

Researchers were able to map the aboveground biomass in the DRC down to the one-hectare level using high-resolution airborne Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, in combination with satellite imagery and machine learning geospatial algorithms, a method developed by Dr. Sassan Saatchi, an expert on tropical forests and the global carbon cycle at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Headline

5.23.2017

High-tech rainforest map brings climate and conservation efforts into sharp relief

The map was created using methodology developed by Adjunct Professor Sassan Saatchi, an expert on tropical forests and the global carbon cycle with UCLA and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It combines data from satellites and an airplane-based laser detection system known as LiDAR, or light detection and ranging, to map the height and crown of trees at a fine-scale resolution.

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...