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Mysteries of a golden beetle

Mysteries of a golden beetle

October 24, 2018

Human sisters may look extremely different from one another. What does that have to do with gold, black and red beetles?

Special events

Jacobus Boomsma receives Hamilton Award, Collin Lab student takes first prize, new boardwalk in Galeta and more.

October 05, 2018
Anniversary of the Herbarium of the University of Panama

The University of Panama Hosts Symposium to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Herbarium, an important component of one of the principal institutions of higher...

October 04, 2018

This major achievement is the result of years of work by a coordinated team at the University and dedicated, long-term support from local and international institutions.

Thesea dalioli

New soft coral species discovered in Coiba, Panama

October 04, 2018

Scientists named new blood-red species of octocoral in honor of philanthropist Ray Dalio.

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Violence in Pre-Columbian Panama Exaggerated, New Study Shows

September 24, 2018

An oft-cited publication said a pre-Colombian archaeological site in Panama showed signs of extreme violence. A new review of the evidence strongly suggests that the interpretation was wrong.

Tender loving care

Could quality of care help address some captive amphibian diseases?

September 03, 2018

One of many challenges to endangered frog conservation is the diseases they develop in captivity. Understanding how to prevent them is key to successful husbandry practices.

NOT Resilient

Old Species Learn New Tricks…Very Slowly

August 23, 2018

Perhaps old species, like some older people, gradually lose their ability to deal with changes in their environment. Aaron O’Dea and colleagues show that when the Caribbean was cut off from the Pacific by the rise of the Panama land bridge, evolutionarily old species took longer to expand into new habitats than evolutionarily younger species did.


Each tropical tree species gets the nutrients it needs

August 06, 2018

Biodiversity is the key to successful reforestation and climate-change mitigation because each tree species has its own way of getting the nutrients it needs to survive.

Tracking the route of the mosquito

August 03, 2018

Which mosquito species is likely to transmit the virus that causes the next epidemic? Join José Loaiza, Smithsonian research associate, senior scientist at Panama’s government research bureau, INDICASAT, and University of Panama professor, as he visits back yards and used-tire lots to find the answer.

Tropical Forest Seeds Have Three Survival Strategies

Tropical Forest Seeds Have Three Survival Strategies

August 03, 2018

From tiny banana seeds to giant coconuts, it’s tough for seeds to survive in tropical soils where they are under attack by fungi, bacteria, insects and animals. By understanding how seeds defend themselves, tropical biologists contribute to reforestation, crop management and sustainable agriculture in the tropics.

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