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U.S.Embassy-Sponsored Stand Takes Science to the People

August 31, 2022

What do frogs, jaguars and bird food have in common? They all inspired imaginative activities for kids at this year’s International Book Fair in Panama.

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Some tropical trees won’t be defeated by lightning

August 25, 2022

A multi-year study in the tropical forests of the Panama Canal found that the species most frequently damaged by lightning tended to be the most capable of surviving it.

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New 3D model shows: Megalodon could eat prey the size of entire killer whales

August 22, 2022

Megalodon could fully consume prey the size of today’s killer whales and then roam the seas without more food for two months.

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STRI special events, July 2022

July 29, 2022

What Do You Love About Forests? STRI Rocks ATBC, Interpreting Clues to Ocean Health and more.

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A center to explore. Uniting Through STEAM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Programming. Seminar (in Spanish) by Sabrina Camaran

July 27, 2022

Learn more about the Panama American Center (PAC).

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My Journey to Barro Colorado Island (Part 3 of 3)

July 27, 2022

STRI from Myth to Reality: Working on Barro Colorado Island as Part of a Community.

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Science is a team effort: 40 years of forest dynamics research on Barro Colorado Island (Part 2 of 3)

July 26, 2022

Visiting scientist Camille Delavaux and intern, Omayra Meléndez, celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ForestGEO 50-hectare plot, a unique forest ecology research tool, and the people who make it possible.

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My Journey to Barro Colorado Island (Part 1 of 3)

July 22, 2022

For many tropical biologists, all roads lead to Panama’s Barro Colorado Island, the most-studied piece of tropical real estate in the world. STRI Intern Omayra Meléndez shares her story about arriving on BCI and how the island is transforming her career.

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As the ocean heats up hungrier predators take control

July 19, 2022

Marine predation intensifies in warmer waters; could reshape ocean communities as climate changes.

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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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