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Oris I. Sanjur — How did I get here? Scientists' Stories

February 04, 2021

The seminar series via Zoom titled How did I get here? Scientist Stories is carried out thanks to the support of the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB). For the 7th seminar in February 2021, we invited STRI’s acting director, Dr. Oris Sanjur, with her talk entitled How did I get here? Inspiration, Leadership, and Love for Science.

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Richard Cooke joins International Council for Archaeozoology’s Committee of Honor

February 03, 2021

STRI staff scientist Richard Cooke has been elected to the Committee of Honor of the International Council for Archaeozoology, of which he has been a member since 1993.

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Is odor the secret to bats’ sex appeal?

January 29, 2021

A literature review revealed that odor-producing glands and tissues in bats may play a prominent role in mating behavior

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A community of scientists put microbial ecosystems back together again using anvi’o

January 14, 2021

Post-doc Jarrod Scott is an active contributor to anvi’o, a set of computational tools to visualize microbial communities.

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Smithsonian scientists reduce uncertainty in forest carbon storage calculations

January 11, 2021

Helene Muller-Landau, staff scientist, was invited to write an authoritative review about carbon storage in forests. Her team combed through existing studies and came up with some novel conclusions of their own.

STRI Webinar Series Panamá

Advances in scientific research and conservation of the jaguar in Panama

January 08, 2021

The seminar series via Zoom titled How did I get here? Scientific Stories is carried out thanks to the support of the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB). For the 6th seminar on January 2021, Smithsonian invited Ricardo Moreno, Director of the Yaguará Panama Foundation, STRI Associate Researcher and National Geographic Emerging Explorer with the talk entitled, Advances in scientific...

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Male bats with high testosterone levels have large forearm crusts when females are fertile

December 17, 2020

Male Fringe-Lipped bats smear a sticky, odorous substance on their forearms. When this was discovered, researchers guessed that it might play a role in mating. Post-doctoral fellow Mariana Muñoz-Romo has confirmed that the presence and size of the forearm "crust" is, indeed correlated with other reproductive traits.

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Science and Education: Creating a bridge between research and action

December 15, 2020

Through virtual encounters like these, Smithsonian provides a digital space for local experts from different fields of science to share their stories, experiences, training and professional trajectory, the challenging and rewarding moments of their careers, the type of research that they do and the importance to the world, and their passion about science. The objective is to guide and...

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Sea urchins are stuck belly up in low-oxygen hot water

December 11, 2020

As oceans warm and become more acidic and oxygen-poor, Smithsonian researchers asked how marine life on a Caribbean coral reef copes with changing conditions.

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Smithsonian scientist clears up Panamanian urban legend

November 30, 2020

How did canal grass arrive in Panama? STRI staff scientist Kristin Saltonstall compared the DNA of sugar cane relatives from around the world to find out.

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