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Much more than a land bridge

February 18, 2022

Panama's deep history has been the subject of much research over many decades. "Panama, much more than a land bridge" is the first book written in Spanish and from Panama dedicated exclusively to addressing the discoveries and analyses surrounding the archeology of this territory.

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We are women and girls in science…

February 11, 2022

One day each year is designated as the International Day of Women and Girls in science. Let’s make it every day!

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Drones help solve tropical tree mortality mysteries

February 09, 2022

Understanding when and where trees die in vast tropical forests is a challenging first step toward understanding carbon dynamics and climate change. Researchers explained variations in tree mortality over a five-year period by analyzing drone images of one of the most-studied tropical forests in the world, Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

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First “Virtual Gigante” is a success

February 03, 2022

After being taught annually for three decades, the Smithsonian Introductory Field Life Sciences Course was suspended due to the pandemic, but it made a digital comeback in 2021.

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Interns and fellows’ display their photographic skills

February 03, 2022

Each year since 2018 (with the exception of 2020), the Office of Academic Programs sends a call for interns and fellows (graduate students and postdoc fellows) to submit photos and videos while doing research at STRI as a way to recognize the talent of our academic community.

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The Independence of Panama from Spain in 9 scenes

January 28, 2022

In this talk, Dr. Marixa Lasso, director of Panama’s Center for Historical Anthropological and Cultural Research AIP, will talk about the history of the independence of Panama from Spain and will talk about the process of research and selection of topics for the exhibition “Camino a la Independencia” and the challenges of telling a story of the Independence of Panama from Spain to a wide...

The Adventures of Wounaan Children and Many Birds

January 21, 2022

An illustrated children’s book published in the Wounaan language, Spanish and English aims to preserve, value and respect the stories and lifeworlds of the Wounaan indigenous people of Panama.

Squatina mapama, new species from Panama: first report of an angel shark from the Central American Caribbean

January 19, 2022

Genetic analyses helped identify a new cryptic species of the genus Squatina from the Western Atlantic Ocean.

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Predicting uncertain futures for tropical landscapes

January 11, 2022

Deforestation scenarios show the importance of secondary forest for meeting Panama’s carbon goals.

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Accidental tree wound reveals novel symbiotic behavior

January 07, 2022

A group of high school students describe how Azteca alfari ants respond to damage to their host plant

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