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Peruvian Amazonian shaman rose to power on promises of liberation and immortality

September 14, 2020

Anthropologist Fernando Santos-Granero has pieced together the story of a change agent whose life spanned an important period in South American history in his book, Slavery and Utopia , now available in English and Spanish.

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Animated maps of sea level rise: the Isthmus of Panama during the last 26,000 years

September 11, 2020

These maps dramatically illustrate how rising sea levels completely altered the shape of Panama’s coastline, creating islands and submerging large areas of land.

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An untraditional path for science

September 09, 2020

For Panamanian marine biologist Yehudi Rodríguez, her curiosity about sharks began early in life, watching the National Geographic programs and listening to her father’s stories as an underwater fisherman. This persistent interest led her to pave a path where there were not many opportunities, and to learn as much as possible from the people she encountered during her research projects in the...

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Fossil trees on Peru’s Central Andean Plateau tell a tale of dramatic environmental change

August 28, 2020

As the Earth’s surface transforms, entire ecosystems come and go. The anatomy of fossil plants growing in the Andean Altiplano region 10 million years ago calls current paleoclimate models into question, suggesting that the area was more humid than models predict.

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Brian Gratwicke Building an amphibian ark and searching for a cure for the amphibian Chytrid Fungus

August 27, 2020

Join Brian as he gives us an update on the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, its progress over the last 10 years, and its efforts to sustain this collection of living frogs and identify clear solutions to the amphibian crisis.

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Mother bats use baby talk to communicate with their pups

August 26, 2020

Just as humans with their babies, adult female bats change their vocalizations when interacting with “babbling” pups, which could be interpreted as positive feedback to their offspring during vocal practice

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Kirk Broders to Become STRI Research Associate

August 19, 2020

STRI will miss Kirk and his family when they move back to the U.S., but look forward to continued collaboration.

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How and when to reintroduce frogs into their natural habitat?

August 19, 2020

Returning endangered frogs back to nature is not an easy task, particularly when their main threats are not under control. In this talk (Spanish), former STRI fellow and current director of the Summit Municipal Park, Dr. Angie Estrada, explains what is causing so many amphibian species around the world to be at risk for extinction and discusses the different approaches that scientists are...

Gina Della Togna STRI Panama

Science through passion and perseverance

August 17, 2020

Dr. Gina Della Togna has gone a long way in pursuing her love for animals, including amphibians, insects, and reptiles. Last year she received the L'Oreal-Unesco Prize for Women in Science, for her research in assisted reproductive techniques for endangered species, such as the golden frog. This year she was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in Central America and...

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Strianassa lerayi Anker, new shrimp species from Panama’s Coiba National Park

August 13, 2020

Last year’s expedition, part of the project to compare microbiomes of animals in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, resulted in the discovery of several new animal genera and a species of mud shrimp named for STRI and post-doctoral fellow, Matt Leray.

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