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Building sustainable water sources in Uganda

The UCLA environmental science student will be blogging weekly about the experience. You can follow her adventures on Medium, where she recently chronicled the project she’s working on and her first experiences in a culture that’s completely new to her. After two days of travel, Flores and three other students arrived in south Uganda on...




UCLA College Luskin Endowment Inaugural Symposium


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.


Luciana Alves

Visiting Researcher

Center for Tropical Research

Kevin Njabo

Kevin Njabo

Africa Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor

Center for Tropical Research


Research Across Ecuador and Beyond

Overview The Center for Tropical Research conducts cutting edge research in the Amazon and the Andes to complement our primary focus on the Chocó. In these projects, CTR combines the highest quality scientific research with local outreach to achieve conservation goals. Below, is an overview of our projects. The Amazon Basin The Amazon Basin exemplifies...

Long-distance Movements and Resource Use by Hornbills in Cameroon

The recent discovery by UCLA Center for Tropical Research (CTR) scientists that the large-bodied frugivorous hornbills (Ceratogymna sp., Fig. 1) of Central Africa make long-distance movements (Fig. 2) highlights their potential as important seed dispersers that help maintain the incredible tree diversity found in the Congo basin. Until the discovery that their abundance in particular...

In the News



Taylor Guitars donates $400,000 toward ebony conservation and restoration in Cameroon

Bob Taylor, a world-renowned guitar maker of Taylor Guitars, donated $400,000 in support of ebony conservation research and restoration efforts, which will be coordinated by CTR’s Thomas Smith, in Cameroon.



Central African Forests Forever

Central African Forests Forever, by Meindert Brouwer, is a book by and for the people in Central Africa about preserving the Congo Basin rainforest, the second largest rainforest in the world, and surrounding forests in ten countries in Central Africa. The chapters are posted and accessible through this website.


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...