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First report of stone tool use by Cebus Monkeys

July 09, 2018

White-faced capuchin monkeys in Panama’s Coiba National Park habitually use hammer and anvil stones to break hermit crab shells, snail shells, coconuts and other food items, according to visiting scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). This is the first report of habitual stone-tool use by Cebus monkeys.

Joan Siedenburg

Farewell Joan Siedenburg

July 05, 2018

Many in the STRI community will remember Joan Siedenburg, who died on June 9 at 92 years of age, as a wonderful friend of tropical research in Panama. Her yearly visits to STRI gave her a chance to participate directly in both the discovery process and in outreach to local communities.

Mosquitoes and Mamallenas

Sweet desserts drive the search for disease-carrying mosquitoes

July 02, 2018

As researchers ask which disease-carrying mosquito species will rule Panama’s Azuero Penninsula (and perhaps the world), they discover culinary delights along the way.

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.

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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.

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