Center for Tropical Forest Science

The Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) is a program within the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute that joins together –through formal memoranda—a voluntary association of natural and social scientists and institutions around the world.

The mission of CTFS is to promote and coordinate long-term biological and socio-economic research within tropical forests and forest-dependent communities, and to translate this information into results relevant to forest management, conservation, and natural resource policies. To achieve its objectives, natural and social scientists associated with CTFS work with collaborators in forestry departments, universities, and nongovernmental organizations to develop a network of long-term forest research programs.


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Staff scientists researching CTFS