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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.


Central America protects whale sharks

July 11, 2014

A binding regional accord protects the world’s largest fish in the New World tropics.


Colon's growth encroaches on Galeta buffer zone: report

July 04, 2014

A new analysis of growth trends around the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal shows that development is putting extreme pressure on coastal ecosystems of mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs.


Panama fish catch 40 percent larger than reported

June 27, 2014

Panama’s haul of tuna, lobster, shellfish and sharks has been dramatically underreported for decades, according to a new study.


New beetles highlight orchid connection

June 13, 2014

In a remote Bolivian forest, a Smithsonian researcher discovers the first beetle species that live on orchids.


Buckets of biodiversity

June 06, 2014

Aboard a research vessel in the Gulf of Panama, a Smithsonian research fellow explores the hidden biodiversity of the tropical ocean.


How could climate change affect fiddler crab reproduction?

May 30, 2014

A new study raises questions about how a common beach creature will sustain its populations if temperature swings become greater in the future.


What stories do old deer bones tell?

May 09, 2014

To better explain how deer populations have declined throughout tropical America, one researcher delves into a collection of 2,500 deer bones at the Smithsonian archaeology lab in Panama.

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