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Drink Coffee, Eat Chocolate, Save Birds!

September 29, 2023

The Smithsonian Bird Friendly coffee and cocoa certification program just opened its new Latin American office at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, making it easier for regional coffee and chocolate industries to join the global movement to produce sustainable coffee and chocolate.

Escaping or resisting disease: the dilemma of a tropical tree

September 28, 2023

How does a tree escape or resist disease?

A turtle time capsule: DNA found in ancient shell

September 28, 2023

Paleontologists discover possible DNA remains in fossil turtle that lived 6 million years ago in Panama, where continents collide

STRI Panama

First global assessment of the sustainability of coral reef fisheries

September 21, 2023

An innovative mathematical analysis of global coral reef fisheries offers hope for sustainable management of multispecies and artisanal fishing, especially in the global South.

Webinar STRI Panama

Together but not mixed up: Fungi, ants and birds

September 01, 2023

Avoiding predators at all costs.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

STRI special events, August 2023

August 31, 2023

Bird Friendly Coffee, Book Fair 2023, Congratulations to David Roubik, Golden Frog Festival 2023, Plankton Workshop and more.

STRI Panama

Like repels like: Social distancing may explain coexistence of biodiverse tree species in tropical forests

August 30, 2023

STRI staff scientist Joe Wright and colleagues present results in Science indicating that diversity among adult tropical trees can be maintained if spatial repulsion among individuals of the same species is greater than spatial repulsion among individuals of different species.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

A new underwater photo studio yields pixel-scale fish color pattern data

August 29, 2023

The first winner of the D. Ross Robertson Postdoctoral Fellowship for Field Studies on Neotropical Reef Fishes, Floriane Coulmance, tests a new, underwater camera system to study the connection between hamlet color patterns and genetics in fish from four countries around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

STRI Panama

Tropical forests may be approaching a critical high-temperature threshold, but there is still time to act

August 23, 2023

A new study in Nature combining satellite thermal- and in situ warming data found that a percentage of tropical leaves are already reaching the temperatures at which they can no longer function.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Barro Colorado Island, 100 years of science and discoveries

August 15, 2023

Five Panamanian scientists share a glance at the experience of working in the tropical biologist’s dream, Barro Colorado Island.

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