April 22 2019

BEC: Molecular Neotropical Primatology: Titi Monkey Evolution

Haines Hall 352
12:00 to 1:30PM

Hazel Byrne, UCLA

Neotropical primates are a diverse clade of primates that inhabit South and Central America. Broadly speaking, in comparison to "Old World" primates originating in Africa and Asia, most Neotropical primates are strikingly understudied with many outstanding questions regarding their evolution. Among the least studied and appreciated groups are the monogamous pair-bonding titi monkeys (subfamily Callicebinae), yet titis are also among the most species rich primate radiations with over 30 species recognised. Prior to 2016, the only phylogeny focusing on titi monkeys was derived from morphological characters in the 1990's, and owing to their morphological conservatism, the depth of diversity found in this clade was highly underestimated. The long-term assumption that titis represented a group of extremely similar primates impacted how we have studied them (i.e., existing research is based on a few “representative” species). This talk explores the insight gained into the evolutionary history of these enigmatic primates through molecular phylogenetic studies within the past three years. These studies have revealed deeply divergent titi lineages dating to the Miocene, uncovered a complex evolutionary history, and highlighted the consequences of previous assumptions for our already limited understanding of callicebine biology.


May 4 2019

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden: Bird Day @ UCLA

Saturday, May 4th, 10:00am - 2:00pm
UCLA Botanical Garden - La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Visit the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden for a unique tour of bird sounds from all over the world! As you wander through sections of the Garden representing Hawaii, Australia, South Africa, SoCal, and more, you can listen to the songs and calls of each area's characteristic birds using our phone-based audio tour. The Garden will also host a presentation about some of UCLA's groundbreaking bird research, including the Bird Genoscape Project and the Center for Tropical Research. When you arrive at the Garden, you can start your tour at the La Kretz Garden Pavilion, at the Garden's northwest corner near Charles E. Young Drive.

Note: You can access the audio tour on your phone. Headphones recommended! This event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP here


June 8 2019

IoES: California Climate Expedition

The UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science is pleased to announce we’re partnering with OnePulse to bring you the California Climate Expedition: a first-of-its-kind cycling tour and educational experience.

Learn more about the event here.