UCLA Center for Tropical Research (CTR)


Mission Statement

To understand the biotic processes that underlie and maintain the diversity of life in the tropics, and to advance conservation efforts that protect species and their habitats.
In collaboration with a network of prominent scientists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, we are conducting research in many critical areas, including: the processes important in generating diversity in rainforests, the relationship between ecology and disease, connectivity and conservation of migratory birds, and rainforest restoration in human-dominated landscapes. CTR projects employ novel applications and use the latest technologies, ranging from satellite imagery to molecular genomics. CTR conducts research in many countries, and provides important training opportunities for young scientists and decision-makers from the developing world.
UCLA's Center for Tropical Research celebrates 20 years of science and conservation. See our commemorative video below.


  • To conduct basic and applied biological research incorporating the latest technologies in order to document biodiversity and to understand essential biotic processes that produce and maintain tropical biodiversity worldwide.
  • To help bridge the gap between the academic, government and non-governmental organization (NGO) communities and increase the quality of science in conservation decision-making by disseminating, as widely as possible, research results, interpretations, and potential conservation applications.
  • To maximize the effectiveness of conservation programs by integrating research results with sustainable development/conservation policy and programs appropriate to tropical economies.
  • To offer an international education curriculum, premised upon significant field research experience and the latest technologies targeting undergraduate and graduate-level students.

Program Details

CTR, IoES, UCLA and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture are leading a multi-institutional initiative to develop the Congo Basin Institute, which will be a model for how universities, NGOs, and private business can partner in international development.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
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