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Have Antillean manatees crossed the Panama Canal?

July 13, 2022

Over half a century ago, a group of manatees from Bocas del Toro was flown into the artificial Gatun Lake to control the abundance of aquatic plants and for public health reasons. Where are they now?

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Wild bats can remember sounds for years

July 11, 2022

Researcher May Dixon discovered that frog-eating bats could recognize ringtones indicating a food reward up to four years later.

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Volcanic Evolution of Panama

July 04, 2022

Panama is a land of volcanoes, with a long history of volcanic activity.

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What are whale sharks up to?

July 01, 2022

Satellite-tracking of the largest fish in the ocean offered insight into their migratory and feeding behavior, but their breeding grounds are still a mystery.

STRI special events, June 2022

June 30, 2022

UN Oceans Conference 2022, COLACMAR, #EarthOptimism, McGill Neotropical Option Reboots and more.

How do genes allow butterflies to mimic each other’s wing color patterns?

June 29, 2022

Young entomologist Sol Parra uses gene editing technology to understand how color pattern mimicry evolves in butterflies.

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Cozying up to the mangrove

June 15, 2022

Tropical coral species may have found an alternative habitat where they can thrive in the face of climate change.

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An expedition to the depths of the ocean

June 07, 2022

Two weeks exploring the Cordillera de Coiba revealed clues about this unknown region.

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STRI special events, May 2022

May 30, 2022

New Economy Forum, Unsung Heroes award, Kaoru Kitajima honored, World of Pollinators, painting workshop at Punta Culebra

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Solving mysteries of Panamanian fauna with camera traps

May 24, 2022

Traditionally, we highlight the richness of the fauna that lives in the forests of Panama. However, the complex Panamanian forests also hide a diversity in the behavior of this fauna. Considering how small Panama is, for these same species, the behavior can vary according to its environment. In this talk we will talk about how camera traps provide us with pieces of the puzzle of the ecology...

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