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Dolphin-Watching affects whistle frequency modulation in bottlenose dolphins

June 16, 2021

Picture this: What to do at a party when you try to carry on a conversation, but the music is too loud? A Panamanian doctoral student is trying to figure out how dolphins communicate underwater during heavy boat traffic in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago.

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Panamanian botanist Mireya Correa retires from STRI

June 15, 2021

After more than half a century devoted to her scientific and teaching work, Professor Mireya Correa leaves behind an extensive legacy in Panamanian botany

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First report of dorsal navigation in a flying insect

June 14, 2021

Sweat bees navigate through dark tropical forests guided by canopy patterns.

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The fate and function of marine megafauna

June 11, 2021

Large marine animals generally have unique functions for the ecosystem. They are also more susceptible to extinction when their habitats are altered. Around 3 million years ago, at least one third of the marine megafauna became extinct, possibly due to sea level fluctuations and the contraction of coastal habitats. This also led to a loss of some of their ecological functions. In the current...

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Mary Jane West Eberhard receives Linnean Medal for Zoology

June 09, 2021

“Her unification of developmental plasticity and genetics is a huge advance in our understanding of evolution. Her decades-long work with tropical social wasps focusing on careful field observation is testimony to what a careful observer of natural history can contribute to evolutionary biology.”-the Linnean Society

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Panama expands the limits of the Coiba Cordillera protected area

June 09, 2021

With this science-based initiative, 30% of the panamanian marine surface will be under some degree of protection

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Jim Dalling: Revealing the secrets of a montane forest

June 08, 2021

The Fortuna Forest Reserve in western Panama hosts some of the most diverse montane forests in Central America. Jim Dalling, STRI Research Associate, will discuss the results of 25 years of research on Fortuna's climate, geology, soils and major plant groups, including more than 800 species of trees, 300 species of ferns and 200 species of orchids.

The path toward discovering a new species of Cicada

May 27, 2021

Annette Aiello has a natural history radar system that most of us lack. An observation of an insect exoskeleton on a potted plant may lead to the identification of a new insect species.

Not such evil Weevils

May 26, 2021

Join Brazilian biologist, Bruno de Medeiros, as he explores mysterious trade-offs between plants and their pollinators and why they are important to the Brazilian economy and ecosystems.

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Microscopic wood analyses reveal source of cathedral altarpiece

May 12, 2021

Timber anatomy studies help inform conservation and restoration decisions for historical monuments, and may provide previously unknown information about the artistic techniques or materials used in the past

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