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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.

A tale of communication on coral reefs

May 22, 2018

Coral reef fish often see a very different seascape that humans do. Using the evolutionary laboratory created by the Isthmus of Panama, Michele Pierotti is learning exactly how they view their underwater world.

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Pollination guide aims to avert global pollination crisis

May 21, 2018

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published a newly revised version of The pollination of cultivated plants: A compendium for practitioners , edited by STRI staff scientist, David Roubik. Its release this year coincides with the first World Bee Day, on May 20 and contributes to awareness of the importance of pollinators for food security and conservation and direct...

Seabird studies on uninhabited tropical island may lead to island’s protection

May 18, 2018

Isla Boná in the Gulf of Panama is an understudied breeding ground for thousands of tropical seabirds. Marine biologist Héctor Guzmán’s newest research program will contribute to understanding their ecology and the conservation of the island for birds and birders alike.

From cold temps to heat stress and oxygen depletion, marine larvae overcome hazards on the way to adulthood

May 16, 2018

With multiple projects in both the Pacific and the Caribbean, the Collin Lab pieces together the complex life histories of marine invertebrates.

The glue that holds the coral reef together threatened by global change

May 11, 2018

Rapid increases in ocean acidity puts crustose coralline algae in a growth predicament, research by a Smithsonian marine scientist shows.

Modern marine oxygen-deficiency research inspires search for fossil record

May 11, 2018

Smithsonian scientists who documented massive mortality of corals and reef organisms meticulously studied one of the apparent causes: oxygen deficiency. A Smithsonian paleobiologist asks if the recent fossil record shows signs of similar hypoxia events.

Big fish produce disproportionately bigger eggs and more of them

May 10, 2018

A new paper in Science shows that big female fish are disproportionately important to maintaining populations. The research suggests that protection of large, reproductive females is essential to sustaining viable fish stocks.

Marine expedition launched from new Coibita station

May 09, 2018

To mark the beginning of an era in marine research in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, Smithsonian scientists launched numerous long-term marine ecosystem studies in Panama’s Coiba National Park.

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