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A young biologist shares her love for eight-legged creatures

December 21, 2021

Self-professed spider-fan and arachnid systematist Stephany Arizala would like more people to study this megadiverse group, so that we can do a better job of protecting them.

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Engineering drought-resistant plants may be more difficult than it seems

December 17, 2021

The adaptation of certain plants to drought and high temperatures involves a fundamental reprogramming of their metabolism, not just a simple adjustment that can be made by regular plants.

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Towards a sustainable Blue Economy in Panama

December 07, 2021

A virtual forum organized by the IDB and STRI explored Panama’s challenges and opportunities to achieve a sustainable management of its marine resources that stimulates economic development, sustains livelihoods and preserves biodiversity.

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Exploring the Lives of Ancient Panamanians. Seminar by Ashley Sharpe and Nicole Smith-Guzman

November 30, 2021

How did people survive in the tropics, hundreds and even thousands of years ago? Where did they live, and what did they eat? What diseases did they encounter? New methods allow archaeologists to reconstruct the individual lives of people in more detail than ever before. Listen to Smithsonian archaeologists Ashley Sharpe and Nicole Smith-Guzmán examine the lives and histories of three very...

Remembering George R. Angehr (1951-2021)

November 26, 2021

STRI mourns the loss of natural historian and colleague, George Angehr.

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Secondary forests restore fresh water sources in degraded landscapes

November 11, 2021

Analyses of microbial communities in streams across different land use types suggests that passive reforestation rapidly restores water quality in lowland tropical watersheds.

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Ancestors of whale sharks in Panama may come from distant waters

November 01, 2021

Genetic population connectivity study of the endangered whale shark in Pacific Panama provides important data for conservation efforts.

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October 2021: O’Dea Lab visit, Richard Cooke honored, OIT heroes

October 29, 2021
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Orchid bees show remarkable resistance to major climate events

October 27, 2021

The longest continuous study of euglossines in the tropics found relatively stable populations of these wild bees over four decades.

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Recovery of the Juan Diaz mangroves

October 22, 2021

Over the last 50 years, since 1972, Panama has lost almost 50% of its mangroves primarily due to urban expansion and the conversion of mangroves into agricultural land.

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