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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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Cozying up to the mangrove

June 15, 2022

Tropical coral species may have found an alternative habitat where they can thrive in the face of climate change.

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An expedition to the depths of the ocean

June 07, 2022

Two weeks exploring the Cordillera de Coiba revealed clues about this unknown region.

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STRI special events, May 2022

May 30, 2022

New Economy Forum, Unsung Heroes award, Kaoru Kitajima honored, World of Pollinators, painting workshop at Punta Culebra

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Solving mysteries of Panamanian fauna with camera traps

May 24, 2022

Traditionally, we highlight the richness of the fauna that lives in the forests of Panama. However, the complex Panamanian forests also hide a diversity in the behavior of this fauna. Considering how small Panama is, for these same species, the behavior can vary according to its environment. In this talk we will talk about how camera traps provide us with pieces of the puzzle of the ecology...

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How can humans and jaguars coexist?

May 19, 2022

From tracking the movements of large felines across the continent to helping rural communities reap the benefits of protecting biodiversity, director of Yaguará Panamá Foundation Ricardo Moreno turned his childhood dream into a mission.

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Unique agates on a Panamanian island reveal submarine volcanic activity

May 05, 2022

Giant agates found in an island on the Pacific coast of Panama prompted a study on the area’s geology to answer the question of how the Isthmus evolved and became a bridge between two continents.

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Secretary Lonnie Bunch visits “The farthest rock from the sun of the Smithsonian”

April 29, 2022

The Secretary visited facilites in Panama and Colon and got to see first-hand the important science being done at STRI.

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New interactive map of indigenous fishing practices around the pacific rim

April 29, 2022

Dedicated to “the Ancestors who stewarded the ocean” an interactive story map created by the Pacific Sea Garden Collective reawakens traditional ways of harvesting food from the sea from Panama to Australia to the Pacific Northwest.

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“Python of the Sea” study highlights marine biodiversity underestimates

April 28, 2022

Most ocean life remains to be discovered. Because fish and many other animals that live in the ocean often have larvae or other, microscopic life stages that drift freely in ocean water, counting species by genetic barcoding of plankton samples adds to counts of species recorded as adults and is a highly efficient way to understand what lives in the ocean and how biodiversity changes as we...

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