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XPRIZE job opportunity

XPRIZE  is hiring a Technical Lead to join their team on XPRIZE Rainforest. Looking for particular technical expertise including data management, artificial intelligence and machine learning pertaining to biodiversity monitoring. Please share with anyone who might be a good fit! Apply for the position at LinkedIn.

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New project launched to prevent deforestation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC(November 10, 2021) The Ituri Forest in Eastern DRC, anchored by the vast Okapi Wildlife Reserve, is home to a wildly diverse range of animals including okapi, forest elephants, 17 species of primates, leopards, bongo antelope and a variety of birds and insects. Its forests face increasing pressure of deforestation from, […]

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UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute receives $1 million from Bob and Cindy Taylor

In line with his long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, master guitar maker Bob Taylor and his wife, Cindy Taylor, have donated $1.05 million to support UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute and its ebony conservation research and restoration efforts in Cameroon. “I can think of no better partner than UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute to help protect, enhance and better […]

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Perspectives from African conservation scientists in the diaspora

Dr. Kevin Njabo, Africa Director of the Center for Tropical Research, coauthored the article, “Challenges encountered when doing research back home: Perspectives from African conservation scientists in the diaspora,” published in the journal Conservation Science and Practice. Read the full article online. Abstract: African conservation scientists in the diaspora are still a largely untapped resource […]

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Business Case Consultant – Deforestation / Conversion Free Cocoa

Call for applications for the position of Business Case Consultant Posted by:                    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Position type:                Mid- to senior-level long-term, part time consultant Location:                      Eastern DRC, with some remote work possible Summary of the position Location: Combination of field work (Kinshasa and Eastern DRC) and remote work […]

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Tracking global tropical rainforest vulnerability

The National Geographic Society brought together a team of top scientists, including Congo Basin Institute collaborator Dr. Sassan Saatchi and Co-Director, Dr. Thomas Smith, to measure tropical rainforest vulnerability and help identify regions for conservation and restoration. Read the featured article, “Can a new way to measure tropical rainforest vulnerability help save them?,” at the […]

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Conservation Efforts in Africa Speaker Series

The Congo Basin Institute Club at UCLA recently hosted the speaker series Conservation Efforts in Africa featuring Edwin Tambara from the African Wildlife Foundation and Dr. Kevin Njabo, the Africa Director for the Center for Tropical Research. A recording of the speaker series is now available. About the speakers: African Wildlife Foundation: Edwin Tambara Edwin is […]

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Build your own low-cost high-quality camera to film insects in the field

If you’ve ever tried to film insect activity in the field over long periods of time, it is likely that you would have encountered a few unsurmountable technical challenges. Whether you tried using a camera trap, a surveillance or a DSLR camera, you would certainly have had issues with illuminating the scene at night, the […]

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Unveiling African rainforest composition and vulnerability to global change

This study reveals the composition of the tropical forests of Central Africa and their vulnerability to the increased pressure from climate change and human activity expected in the coming decades. Thanks to an exceptional dataset — an inventory of over 6 million trees across five countries — the researchers have produced the first continuous maps […]

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Tech meets tradition for rainforest conservation project

Article excerpt from “Tech meets tradition for rainforest conservation project” NASA and UCLA use International Space Station to learn how animals disperse seeds in Congo Basin. If you happen to have a friend who lives on the other side of the planet, advances in satellite technology make it easy to stay connected. Satellite-based technology also […]