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Smithsonian Science Supports Costa Rican Cetacean Conservation

June 12, 2018

Whale tracking research contributes to maritime safety and cetacean protection in Costa Rica and the Pacific

Milton Garcia’s Bird’s-Eye-View

June 07, 2018

When he’s not racing his bike cross-country, Milton Garcia is in demand for his expertise flying drones. In the last month, he monitored mangrove deforestation on Panama’s Pacific coast, mapped a new research station in Coiba National Park and tracked blooming trees on Barro Colorado Island, the first plot in an international network of forest monitoring sites.

Generous donation allows STRI to establish a living laboratory in the Tropical Eastern Pacific

May 31, 2018

Coibita Island, part of a World Heritage Site in Panama’s Pacific, is poised to become a leading research site for tropical marine biology.

Coastal study from Panama to Alaska discovers where marine invaders fare better

May 30, 2018

Initial results from a massive study comparing marine organisms sampled along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Panama with samples from the Atlantic show that the success of invaders is lopsided.

How genetically isolated is the marine fauna of Panama’s Coiba National Park?

May 28, 2018

Seemingly far removed from similar ecosystems, research by Smithsonian scientist Harilaos Lessios shows that the diverse marine life of Coiba is connected to the rest of Eastern Tropical Pacific — and beyond.

An Indo-Pacific damselfish takes hold on the other side of the globe

May 23, 2018

Smithsonian marine biologist Ross Robertson suspects that the regal demoiselle hitched a ride to the Gulf of Mexico on an oil rig. Its outstanding success in its new habitat raises questions about its impact in the Gulf.

A tale of communication on coral reefs

May 22, 2018

Coral reef fish often see a very different seascape that humans do. Using the evolutionary laboratory created by the Isthmus of Panama, Michele Pierotti is learning exactly how they view their underwater world.

Save the bees

Pollination guide aims to avert global pollination crisis

May 21, 2018

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published a newly revised version of The pollination of cultivated plants: A compendium for practitioners , edited by STRI staff scientist, David Roubik. Its release this year coincides with the first World Bee Day, on May 20 and contributes to awareness of the importance of pollinators for food security and conservation and direct...

Seabird studies on uninhabited tropical island may lead to island’s protection

May 18, 2018

Isla Boná in the Gulf of Panama is an understudied breeding ground for thousands of tropical seabirds. Marine biologist Héctor Guzmán’s newest research program will contribute to understanding their ecology and the conservation of the island for birds and birders alike.

From cold temps to heat stress and oxygen depletion, marine larvae overcome hazards on the way to adulthood

May 16, 2018

With multiple projects in both the Pacific and the Caribbean, the Collin Lab pieces together the complex life histories of marine invertebrates.

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