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Biological Field Stations in the Heart of the Congo Basin Rainforest

CBI’s Bouamir and Somalomo research field stations have been featured in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). “Located in the middle of the 526,000‐ha Dja Faunal Reserve in southern Cameroon, Bouamir is home to more than 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 2,000 plant species. Bouamir is one of very few […]

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Gensler: Learning About Resilience at the UCLA Congo Basin Institute

The world-renowned architecture, design, and planning firm Gensler has designed a sustainable campus concept for CBI’s Distance Learning Center being developed on the IITA campus in Cameroon. The resilient and “hyper-flexible” spaces designed for the project have been featured on Gensler’s website: “CBI is a research and education campus that focuses on finding solutions to […]

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The Congo Basin in an Era of Climate Change

World War Zero, a coalition fighting the climate crisis, has featured an op-ed piece by CBI’s Founding Co-Executive Director, Tom Smith. The article discusses the effects of climate change on biodiversity in the Congo Basin. “Climate Week has just ended, and it’s important to remind ourselves that the future of the planet will depend on […]

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Regional vulnerability for COVID-19 in Cameroon

The Pan African Medical Journal just published the article “Regional vulnerability for COVID-19 in Cameroon” in a special issue on COVID-19 in Africa. The authors Seth Judson, Kevin Njabo, and Judith Torimiro examine differences in vulnerability to COVID-19 among the ten administrative Regions and two major cities of Cameroon based on epidemiological risk factors and […]

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CBI field station featured in Travel Africa magazine

A researcher visits CBI’s Bouamir Research Station in Cameroon’s Dja Faunal Reserve and recounts her experiences in the latest issue of Travel Africa magazine. Read the entire article “Life in the great forest” in PDF form here. To learn more about CBI’s Bouamir Research Station, visit the Field Stations page.  The PDF article “Life in […]

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Global Health Program Spotlight on Tom Smith

The latest UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s Global Health Program (GHP) newsletter features Tom Smith and his ongoing research on the connection between climate change and coronaviruses. The full article is presented below. September 2020 Global Health Program (GHP) Spotlight A UCLA biologist researches the connection between climate change and coronaviruses This month we […]

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Peter Daszak on Nature Insight podcast: Disease X

The Nature Insight podcast features biodiversity expert Peter Daszak, a senior research fellow at the Center for Tropical Research who is a disease ecologist working to predict and prevent outbreaks of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19. “Every single pandemic has a link to wildlife. They are all linked to human, anthropogenic, environmental changes. They emerge through […]

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UCLA partnerships with Africa are changing lives

The July 2020 issue of the UCLA Magazine features the many partnerships developing between UCLA and Africa. Highlighted efforts include those by Tom Smith and Kevin Njabo through their work with the Congo Basin Institute.

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World World Zero features COVID-19 and climate change op-ed by Tom Smith

World War Zero, a coalition addressing climate change, has featured an op-ed by UCLA Professor Tom Smith, co-director of the Congo Basin Institute. “COVID-19 has shown the world the horrors of a pandemic. Climate change is an accelerator for pandemics. It’s time to wake up and take action — our future depends on it.”