Thomas B. Smith

Thomas B. Smith is founding director of UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research, founding co-director of the Congo Basin Institute and is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, at UCLA. Smith has more than 35 years of experience working in tropical rainforests. In 2015 he helped to create the Congo Basin Institute (CBI), a unique partnership between the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture and UCLA. The CBI serves as a regional nexus for interdisciplinary research, education, and training focused on finding solutions to the critical issues facing the Africa’s Congo Basin, including those related to: climate change, water and food security, biodiversity and human health. Smith has published more than 230 scientific papers and received more than a dozen academic honors.

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