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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.


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.


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?

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

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.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Frog-hunting bats overcome noisy environments by switching sensory channels

September 15, 2016

A discovery by a Smithsonian intern in Panama is published by the journal Science .


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


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.


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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