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My Journey to Barro Colorado Island (Part 3 of 3)

July 27, 2022

STRI from Myth to Reality: Working on Barro Colorado Island as Part of a Community.

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Science is a team effort: 40 years of forest dynamics research on Barro Colorado Island (Part 2 of 3)

July 26, 2022

Visiting scientist Camille Delavaux and intern, Omayra Meléndez, celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ForestGEO 50-hectare plot, a unique forest ecology research tool, and the people who make it possible.

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My Journey to Barro Colorado Island (Part 1 of 3)

July 22, 2022

For many tropical biologists, all roads lead to Panama’s Barro Colorado Island, the most-studied piece of tropical real estate in the world. STRI Intern Omayra Meléndez shares her story about arriving on BCI and how the island is transforming her career.

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As the ocean heats up hungrier predators take control

July 19, 2022

Marine predation intensifies in warmer waters; could reshape ocean communities as climate changes.

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Have Antillean manatees crossed the Panama Canal?

July 13, 2022

Over half a century ago, a group of manatees from Bocas del Toro was flown into the artificial Gatun Lake to control the abundance of aquatic plants and for public health reasons. Where are they now?

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Wild bats can remember sounds for years

July 11, 2022

Researcher May Dixon discovered that frog-eating bats could recognize ringtones indicating a food reward up to four years later.

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Volcanic Evolution of Panama

July 04, 2022

Panama is a land of volcanoes, with a long history of volcanic activity.

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What are whale sharks up to?

July 01, 2022

Satellite-tracking of the largest fish in the ocean offered insight into their migratory and feeding behavior, but their breeding grounds are still a mystery.

STRI special events, June 2022

June 30, 2022

UN Oceans Conference 2022, COLACMAR, #EarthOptimism, McGill Neotropical Option Reboots and more.

How do genes allow butterflies to mimic each other’s wing color patterns?

June 29, 2022

Young entomologist Sol Parra uses gene editing technology to understand how color pattern mimicry evolves in butterflies.

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