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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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Scientists tag humpback whales in Southeast Pacific

April 13, 2017

Satellite tracking technology reveals the massive ranges of breeding areas of humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean.

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Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide

March 20, 2017

A coral die-off in Panama was likely due to oxygen depletion instead of the usual culprits of warming, pollution, overfishing and acidification.

Panama’s endangered golden frog gets help with breeding in captivity

Panama’s endangered golden frog gets help with breeding in captivity

March 09, 2017

A pioneering hormonal treatment allows scientists to collect high-quality sperm samples from captive golden frogs. The breakthrough may help emblematic species and others like it to stave off extinction.

Lianas can suppress tree growth in young tropical forests for decades

Lianas can suppress tree growth in young tropical forests for decades

February 24, 2017

Tropical reforestation projects need take into consideration “liana infestation” to maximize carbon sequestration, says the study’s lead author.

Coral reefs grow faster and healthier when parrotfish are abundant

Coral reefs grow faster and healthier when parrotfish are abundant

January 24, 2017

A new study points directly links healthy coral reefs to healthy populations of these brightly colored fishes.

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Saving frogs could help save lives

January 23, 2017

As bacterial infections become more resistant to antibiotics, the toxins on the skin of frogs presents huge opportunity for new drug discovery.

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Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs?

January 05, 2017

Large numbers of small algae-grazing sea urchins and fish may take the place of larger grazers to prevent algae from overgrowing reefs, a new study shows.

Why study symbiotic relationships in Panama

Why study symbiotic relationships in Panama?

November 26, 2016

Join us to explore a few examples showcasing the spectrum of relationships among tropical organisms and their consequences from the genome to the global level. How does being in relationship change with time and what triggers tipping points that radically change the partners’ lives?

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Smithsonian releases guide to restoring tropical forests

October 28, 2016

Drawing on 30-plus years of research in the Panama Canal Watershed, Smithsonian scientist Jefferson Hall releases an illustrated publication that will improve reforestation and help successfully restore forests with 64 species of Neotropical trees.

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