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.

Biology Projects

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... Continue Reading


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.... Continue Reading

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... Continue Reading

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... Continue Reading