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Searching Caribbean reefs for sharks’ microscopic calling cards

August 11, 2014

Estimating shark populations on degraded Caribbean reefs is complicated, especially when there few around. A pioneering member of the O’Dea lab has developed a technique to estimate shark populations — both past and present — using their microscopic skin scales

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It isn’t easy being captive

August 08, 2014

To save frogs from an extinction-causing fungus, Smithsonian scientists needed to innovate captive feeding and breeding techniques.

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How do larvae swim in a hot-tub world?

July 18, 2014

A visiting researcher uses a movie set studio to record how the larvae of sea urchins, starfish, shellfish and corals respond to conditions in a changing ocean.

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Central America protects whale sharks

July 11, 2014

A binding regional accord protects the world’s largest fish in the New World tropics.

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Colon's growth encroaches on Galeta buffer zone: report

July 04, 2014

A new analysis of growth trends around the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal shows that development is putting extreme pressure on coastal ecosystems of mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs.

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Panama fish catch 40 percent larger than reported

June 27, 2014

Panama’s haul of tuna, lobster, shellfish and sharks has been dramatically underreported for decades, according to a new study.

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New beetles highlight orchid connection

June 13, 2014

In a remote Bolivian forest, a Smithsonian researcher discovers the first beetle species that live on orchids.

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Buckets of biodiversity

June 06, 2014

Aboard a research vessel in the Gulf of Panama, a Smithsonian research fellow explores the hidden biodiversity of the tropical ocean.

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How could climate change affect fiddler crab reproduction?

May 30, 2014

A new study raises questions about how a common beach creature will sustain its populations if temperature swings become greater in the future.

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What stories do old deer bones tell?

May 09, 2014

To better explain how deer populations have declined throughout tropical America, one researcher delves into a collection of 2,500 deer bones at the Smithsonian archaeology lab in Panama.

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