Biology

The Gabon-Oregon Center supports research on important biological processes that can impact understanding of climate change and overall sustainability. We support teams launching unique and innovative work, with an emphasis on joint Gabon-Oregon collaboration and sharing of expertise. From climate change drivers to the discovery of new species, we bring you exciting new research in the broad field of biology.

Ethnobotany and Anthelmintic Drug Development

This project, led by UO Biology Professor Janis Weeks and her colleagues at NemaMetrix Inc., will: a) develop partnerships with local communities in the Gabonese rainforest (pygmy communities) to survey anthelmintic compounds for the management of animal and human health; b) use new technology developed by NemaMetrix to test anthelmintic compounds; and c) collaborate on the commercialization of such compounds in a manner that respects the intellectual property rights of indigenous populations and conforms to the principles of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biodiversity. 

Fungi

Fungi

Working closely with experts in Oregon and Gabon, the Gabon-Oregon Center launched a project involving the study of fungi in tropical forests. This work is led jointly by UO Biology Professor Dr. Bitty Roy and Gabon National Research Center scientist Dr. Prudence Yombiyeni.

Climate Change and Agriculture

Climate Change and Agriculture

In 2014, the Gabon-Oregon Center awarded a seed grant to a team looking to study methane dynamics in tropical wetlands, as methane is a powerful greenhouse gas contributing to global climate change. This work builds on initial research by the joint Gabon-Oregon team studying microbial biodiversity in tropical rainforests.

Biodiversity in Tropical Rainforests

Microbial Biodiversity in Tropical Rainforests

Microbial Biodiversity In Tropical Rainforests

One of the initial pilot projects funded by the Gabon-Oregon Center is a study of microbial biodiversity in Gabonese rainforests. It is an often-overlooked component of many aspects of environmental resource management, health, and development. For example, in tropical settings such as Gabon, conversion of tropical forest to agriculture affects the diversity of flora and fauna and may lead to a reduction in soil fertility.