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Science and universal education for tackling climate change

March 25, 2020

The world economy is based on increased population and consumption, and education has an important impact on reducing this

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Even fake illness affects relationships among vampire bats

March 12, 2020

How do social interactions change in the face of illness? As humans face potential global pandemics we look to nature for examples. Close observation of another highly social animal, the vampire bat, sheds light on how interactions change—or do not change—as individuals become sick.

Male or female

How does an intersex bee behave?

March 10, 2020

A collaborative effort at Barro Colorado island described the daily rhythm of a rare half male-half female bee

Opportunities for Panamanian students at the Smithsonian

Opportunities for Panamanian students at the Smithsonian

March 03, 2020

From field courses, to internships with scientists from the Institute, the diversity of academic programs for local students interested in science is extensive.

Special events Feb 2020

Agua Salud receives award, Smithsonian Secretary’s Distinguished Research Fellowship given to STRI fellow, Adalberto Gomez named Expert of the Year by BioMuseo, and more…

February 28, 2020

Agua Salud receives award, Smithsonian Secretary’s Distinguished Research Fellowship given to STRI fellow, Adalberto Gomez named Expert of the Year by BioMuseo, US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires visits STRI, Q?Rioso and Q?Bus updates, Summer Camp at Culebra and Paleobiology Symposium in Bologna.

Bright Spot

Plenty of gloom with a dash of hope: Fossils reveal a lone reef in similar state to coral reefs before human impact

February 28, 2020

Fossil corals show what reefs were like before human impact and reveal a modern “bright spot” reef with apparent long-term resilience to deterioration caused by humans.

Sparking curiosity

The little bus that takes science to schools

February 21, 2020

Kids explore everything from fossils to climate change when the Smithsonian’s Q?Bus arrives. Since 2018, the Q?Bus team has engaged more than 10,000 kids in 3rd to 10th grade classrooms in hands-on tropical biology.

Swimming on microplastics

Microplastics are new homes for microbes in the Caribbean

February 19, 2020

Only about 1% of marine plastic debris is recovered at the ocean’s surface, meaning the other 99% likely either sinks or is consumed by marine organisms

From aquarist to star inventor

From aquarist to star inventor

February 05, 2020

What started as a student summer job, became Anibal Velarde’s life’s work. Over fifty years later, he is still at the Smithsonian

Advisory Board Visit, In Honor of Tony Coates, Rachel Page’s Award, Galeta Guides at Biomuseo and Panama Viejo.

January 31, 2020

Advisory Board Visit, In Honor of Tony Coates, Rachel Page’s Award, Galeta Guides at Biomuseo and Panama Viejo.

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