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From GIS-based land-use studies, to GPS-based studies of animal tracking, to molecular biology-based studies of plants, animals and insects, STRI scientists consider the distribution of species including our own in space and time and the geological, physical, biological and even cultural forces that explain them. Our location in Panama, a land bridge connecting two continents and separating two oceans, offers unique opportunities for biogeography studies as does our leading role in the Smithsonian’s Global Earth Observatory programs, a network of more than 60 forest research sites around the globe (ForestGEO) and five marine research sites (MarineGEO) in the Atlantic from Chesapeake by to the Caribbean.

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