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The caribean's declining reefs

What were Caribbean coral reefs like before humans?

September 29, 2017

Fossil reefs from around the Caribbean show how biologically rich these ecosystems once were — and provide goalposts for conservationists hoping to restore them.

How long has Central America been so biologically diverse?

How long has Central America been so biologically diverse?

September 28, 2017

20-million-year-old fossil seeds shed light on origins of plant biodiversity in Panama.

Tropical dark respiration data tweak climate model

Tropical dark respiration data tweak climate model

September 27, 2017

What do warmer nights mean for the release of carbon dioxide by tropical forests?

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Whose shadow is safer?

September 27, 2017

A novel research project takes aim at the ageless question of what influences tropical seedling survival.

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Solar domes simulate extreme future climate scenarios

June 14, 2017

How will tropical forests respond to a warmer climate with higher atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations? By growing plants in geodesic domes, Smithsonian scientist Klaus Winter is seeking answers.

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Come meet some of Panama’s amazing and endangered frogs at our newest exhibit

June 14, 2017

As part of the Smithsonian’s program to save frogs from an extinction-causing disease, the Punta Culebra Nature Center offers an exclusive glimpse at some of the amphibians we and our partner institutions are trying to save.

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Predation Is More Intense at Low Altitudes and Low Latitudes

May 18, 2017

Deployed from Greenland to Australia, caterpillar decoys were attacked the closer they were to sea level and the nearer they were to the tropics.

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Monkey movements explained by forest structure in Panama

April 26, 2017

A tree-climbing research fellow created 3-D maps of monkey movements on Barro Colorado Island to better understand how forest disruptions by human activity can affect monkey mobility.

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Galeta transformed into teacher-training campus

April 17, 2017

Smithsonian science in Panama reaches public school classrooms around the country thanks to hundreds of teachers who participate in training courses at STRI facilities.

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