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Biodiversity loss despite a century of protection

August 18, 2021

The Barro Colorado bird community has lost about a quarter of its species over time

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Bats fall for the Decoy Effect

August 10, 2021

How does having a third choice (a decoy) change the way fruit-eating bats choose what to eat?

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Understanding wildlife vulnerability to road networks

August 06, 2021

During three years, local scientist Dumas Gálvez drove along a road parallel to a rainforest looking out for dead vertebrates.

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Is this the oldest cashew on the isthmus?

August 03, 2021

A fossil tree discovery in Panama offers clues regarding the establishment of the genus Anacardium in Central and South America

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Punishment enforces cooperation in the fig-wasp mutualism: The exception proves the rule

August 02, 2021

Mutually beneficial relationships are common, but what happens when one partner stops enforcing the other’s good behavior?

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Desperate brittlestars, suffocating corals and resilient microbes: First multidisciplinary data from an acute marine hypoxic event and its historical context.

July 29, 2021

In September 2017, divers observed a massive “dead zone” rising to envelop Caribbean coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Smithsonian post-docs joined together to understand marine hypoxia now and in the past.

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Caribbean mangrove forests may serve as coral shelters

July 26, 2021

Most coral species fared better in the shaded environment offered by the mangrove canopy

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A Summary of the Latest Evidence Webinar in english by Steve Paton. Director, Physical Monitoring Program, STRI

July 21, 2021

Ongoing research by thousands of scientists is continually strengthening our understanding of the impact of climate change on our planet. Steve Paton, director of STRI’s physical monitoring program, will present an overview of the latest information concerning greenhouse gas production, global warming, and the threats posed by climate change, as well as some possible solutions to these...

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Exploring the cloudiest forest in Central America

July 20, 2021

The Fortuna Hydrological Reserve hosts one third of Panama’s tree species, a variety of fungi waiting to be discovered and a great potential to offset global warming

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How can “shark dandruff” contribute to coral reef conservation?

July 06, 2021

Sharks’ bodies are covered with tiny, tooth-like scales called denticles. Shed denticles settle to the ocean floor, where they remain in sediments for years and can be used to understand which sharks lived on a reef in the past.

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