Evolution at STRI is studied through both of its major components: the study of adaptation and the reconstruction of changes through time. Behavioral adaptations in particular have received a great deal of attention, and a number of STRI staff scientists are engaged in research that seeks answers to questions relating to how organisms chose and attract their mates and what components of their behavior contribute to their fitness. STRI scientists are using both fossil evidence and molecular markers to reconstruct historical trajectories of evolutionary change. Questions of speciation and rates of evolution are greatly aided by STRI’s unique location in Panama , a land bridge that separated marine populations while uniting terrestrial and freshwater ones 3 million years ago.


Staff scientists researching Evolution