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International Sites

MPALA Research Centre

Founded in 1991 with the support of STRI, the Mpala Research Centre sits atop 20,000 hectares of savannah, dry woodland and riverine habitats along the Ewaso Nyiro and Ewaso Narok rivers in eastern Kenya. Operated by the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, the research station receives hundreds of visitors every year who study disciplines ranging from ecology and botany to animal behavior and human-wildlife interactions.

Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory

Forestgeo Global Earth Observatory

Started in 1980 with STRI’s 50-hectare forest dynamics plot on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island, the Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) is a global network of forest research plots and scientists dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The multi-institutional network comprises more than 60 forest research plots across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, with a strong focus on tropical regions. CTFS-ForestGEO monitors the growth and survival of approximately six million trees and 10,000 species.

Marine Global Earth Observatory

Marinegeo Global Earth Observatory

The Smithsonian’s Marine Global Earth Observatory is the first long-term, worldwide research program to focus on understanding coastal marine life and its role in maintaining resilient ecosystems around the world. The program includes STRI’s Bocas Del Toro research sites and aims to provide policymakers with science that supports sustainable management and protection of our oceans.

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