Center for Tropical Research

The Center for Tropical Research (CTR) is a research unit of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The unifying goal of CTR's senior scientists, graduate students and staff is to understand the biotic processes that underlie and maintain the diversity of life worldwide, especially in the tropics, and to use this knowledge to address global environmental challenges.

In collaboration with a network of prominent scientists from a diversity of disciplines and backgrounds, CTR is 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 genetics. CTR provides important training opportunities for young scientists and decision-makers from many countries in the regions of Central America, South America, Austral-Asia and Africa where CTR is conducting research projects.