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First study of humpback whale survivors of killer whale attacks in the Southeastern Pacific

November 07, 2018

Attacks on humpback whales may be on the rise, according to an analysis of scars on humpback whales published in Endangered Species Research.

New Tupper Fellow, #SemanaDeLaCiencia, Youth Access Grant for the Q?Bus, book donation to MAC and more

October 31, 2018

New Tupper Fellow, #SemanaDeLaCiencia, Smithsonian Youth Access Grant for the Q?Bus, STRI book donation to MAC, STRI in Paris, Teachers test Mosquito! Curriculum, New Board Members and a Spooky evening at Punta Culebra.

Learning to fly

Mother bats may nudge pups to grow up

October 26, 2018

As winged mammals, baby bats learn to fly and stop drinking mothers’ milk during their transition from infants to flying juveniles. Bat researchers observed a new behavior. Mothers push pups away with their forearms, perhaps encouraging them to go explore the world on their own

Mysteries of a golden beetle

Mysteries of a golden beetle

October 24, 2018

Human sisters may look extremely different from one another. What does that have to do with gold, black and red beetles?

Special events

Jacobus Boomsma receives Hamilton Award, Collin Lab student takes first prize, new boardwalk in Galeta and more

October 05, 2018
Anniversary of the Herbarium of the University of Panama

The University of Panama Hosts Symposium to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Herbarium, an important component of one of the principal institutions of higher...

October 04, 2018

This major achievement is the result of years of work by a coordinated team at the University and dedicated, long-term support from local and international institutions.

Thesea dalioli

New soft coral species discovered in Coiba, Panama

October 04, 2018

Scientists named new blood-red species of octocoral in honor of philanthropist Ray Dalio.

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Violence in Pre-Columbian Panama Exaggerated, New Study Shows

September 24, 2018

An oft-cited publication said a pre-Colombian archaeological site in Panama showed signs of extreme violence. A new review of the evidence strongly suggests that the interpretation was wrong.

NOT Resilient

Old Species Learn New Tricks…Very Slowly

August 23, 2018

Perhaps old species, like some older people, gradually lose their ability to deal with changes in their environment. Aaron O’Dea and colleagues show that when the Caribbean was cut off from the Pacific by the rise of the Panama land bridge, evolutionarily old species took longer to expand into new habitats than evolutionarily younger species did.


Each tropical tree species gets the nutrients it needs

August 06, 2018

Biodiversity is the key to successful reforestation and climate-change mitigation because each tree species has its own way of getting the nutrients it needs to survive.

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