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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.

Coastal study from Panama to Alaska discovers where marine invaders fare better

May 30, 2018

Initial results from a massive study comparing marine organisms sampled along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Panama with samples from the Atlantic show that the success of invaders is lopsided.

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.

Save the bees

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...

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