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Following the swarm: Ant-following birds from a research and science communication perspective

March 27, 2024

Discover the captivating world of ant-following birds in our upcoming talk!

Red flags: I’m not the bug for you!

March 27, 2024

The matador bugs' vibrant flags are neither a dating display nor a distraction tactic, they’re part of an elaborate defense strategy, according to a new study in Gamboa

Rare shark spotted for the first time in Panama’s eastern Pacific

March 19, 2024

The elusive prickly shark was observed during a submarine expedition to the depths of the Cordillera de Coiba seamounts, a biodiversity hotspot and marine protected area.

STRI special events, February 2024

March 07, 2024

STRI Advisory Board visit to Panama, Punta Culebra STEAM Camp, Bug night at Biomuseo, Josh visits Fortuna Station and more!

Why are there suddenly so many bleached corals along the Caribbean coast of Panama?

March 06, 2024

A massive coral bleaching event in Panama’s Guna Yala islands along the eastern Caribbean coast signals a major problem with rising ocean temperatures and their long-term effects.

How fallen leaves sustain tropical forests

February 29, 2024

Decomposing Foliage: A 17-Year Study Unravels the Vital Nutrient Exchange in Tropical Forests of Panama.

Tropical tree fern repurposes its dead leaves

February 26, 2024

A species of tree fern found only in Panama uses ‘zombie leaves’ or reanimated dead leaf fronds, and turns them into root structures that feed the mother plant.

Does Cocoa Need Fungi to Grow?

January 31, 2024

How can we make agriculture more sustainable and resilient?

An extinct mangrove forest discovered on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island

January 30, 2024

A volcanic eruption 22 million years ago triggered a sediment flow that preserved a mangrove forest around what is now Barro Colorado Island, providing a better glimpse of the vegetation that existed in a highly changing area.

Involving local students in the study of algal blooms on Isla Colón, in Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

January 05, 2024

Students in Bocas del Toro helped Smithsonian researchers collect environmental data to better understand what factors influence the proliferation of algal deposits in the largest island of the archipelago

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