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Tropical Forest Seeds Have Three Survival Strategies

Tropical Forest Seeds Have Three Survival Strategies

August 03, 2018

From tiny banana seeds to giant coconuts, it’s tough for seeds to survive in tropical soils where they are under attack by fungi, bacteria, insects and animals. By understanding how seeds defend themselves, tropical biologists contribute to reforestation, crop management and sustainable agriculture in the tropics.

Research and Empowerment Transform Science Education in Panama and the World

July 16, 2018

Inspired by a universal call-to-action from the Interacademy Partnership (IAP) within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), in conjunction with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and other organizations, is bringing together a global team to design inclusive and equitable research-based science education .

Accepting applications for prestigious three-year fellowship

July 13, 2018

More than thirty years after its inception, the Tupper Fellowship remains the most prestigious postdoctoral academic appointment offered by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. We are currently seeking qualified candidates from around the world.

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.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

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.

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