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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 […]

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World Pangolin Day 2021

The Pangolin Conservation Guild of Nigeria held a virtual conference themed, “Towards Sustainable Pangolin Conservation in Nigeria,” to mark World Pangolin Day 2021. Attendees to the conference on February 20th included researchers, scientists, and other professionals working in the field of conservation working to protect this critically endangered species.  Dr. Cristian Gruppi, a UCLA postdoctoral […]

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Ebony Project Assistant

Call for applications for the position of Project Assistant IITA Cameroon is looking for a Project Assistant for the Congo Basin Institute’s Ebony Project with solid problem-solving skills, ability to work well in a team environment, excellent oral and written communications skills, and the ability to work under minimal supervision. The Congo Basin Institute is […]

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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 […]