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In STRI’s carbon offset program, everyone wins

June 27, 2018

STRI took a gamble on a carbon offset program in partnership with an indigenous community in eastern Panama. Ten years later, it has successfully met offset goals, empowered women, built environmental stewardship capacity, created a long-term research platform and offered hope for a community’s threatened forest-based traditions.

Smithsonian Science Supports Costa Rican Cetacean Conservation

Latvian Scientist Studies Epiphyll Communities in Panama

June 20, 2018

STRI is hosting Dr. Anna Mežaka, originally from Latvia and currently employed at the University of Marburg (UMR), Germany, who is doing a project called “Life on a leaf: species interactions and community dynamics in epiphyll communities” funded by a Marie Skłodowska - Curie Global Fellowship from the European Union.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Bitterly divided communities brought together by film festivals, workshops

June 18, 2018

The Guna, Emberá and cattle-ranching communities of eastern Panama share the same threatened landscape but have been divided for generations over territorial disputes. A series of filmmaking workshops and film festivals have brought some members of the community together in ways not previously considered possible.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The Smithsonian takes to the streets in Panama

June 13, 2018

Designed to share a hands-on-science experience, the new, brightly-painted van will make it possible for kids and adults to participate in the excitement of the discovery process in cities and towns across Panama.

Smithsonian Science Supports Costa Rican Cetacean Conservation

June 12, 2018

Whale tracking research contributes to maritime safety and cetacean protection in Costa Rica and the Pacific

Milton Garcia’s Bird’s-Eye-View

June 07, 2018

When he’s not racing his bike cross-country, Milton Garcia is in demand for his expertise flying drones. In the last month, he monitored mangrove deforestation on Panama’s Pacific coast, mapped a new research station in Coiba National Park and tracked blooming trees on Barro Colorado Island, the first plot in an international network of forest monitoring sites.

Generous donation allows STRI to establish a living laboratory in the Tropical Eastern Pacific

May 31, 2018

Coibita Island, part of a World Heritage Site in Panama’s Pacific, is poised to become a leading research site for tropical marine biology.

Coastal study from Panama to Alaska discovers where marine invaders fare better

May 30, 2018

Initial results from a massive study comparing marine organisms sampled along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Panama with samples from the Atlantic show that the success of invaders is lopsided.

How genetically isolated is the marine fauna of Panama’s Coiba National Park?

May 28, 2018

Seemingly far removed from similar ecosystems, research by Smithsonian scientist Harilaos Lessios shows that the diverse marine life of Coiba is connected to the rest of Eastern Tropical Pacific — and beyond.

An Indo-Pacific damselfish takes hold on the other side of the globe

May 23, 2018

Smithsonian marine biologist Ross Robertson suspects that the regal demoiselle hitched a ride to the Gulf of Mexico on an oil rig. Its outstanding success in its new habitat raises questions about its impact in the Gulf.

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