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Joshua Tewksbury named Director of Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

April 06, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Joshua Tewksbury has been named STRI’s new director by Smithsonian Institution Secretary, Lonnie Bunch III, effective July 6.

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How the Chicxulub Impactor gave rise to modern rainforests

April 01, 2021

About 66 million years ago, a huge asteroid crashed into what is now the Yucatan, plunging the Earth into darkness. The impact transformed tropical rainforests, giving rise to the reign of flowers.

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A young comic book heroine travels through Panama’s deep history

March 31, 2021

The new graphic novel tells the story of the Isthmus’ formation and evolution through the adventures of a young Panamanian girl.

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How will the biggest tropical trees respond to climate change?

March 30, 2021

Scientists think that climate change may have greater impact the largest trees in tropical forests, and the death of these giants has a major impact on the forest, but because these monumental trees are few and far between, almost nothing is known about what causes them to die.

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Archaeologists search for the origin of dental modification in Panama

March 26, 2021

A new study asks when and how the Ngäbe indigenous group began to practice dental modification

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The ecological effects of lightning in a tropical forest

March 02, 2021

Lightning is common in the tropics, but its ecological effects in tropical forests are poorly understood. Steve Yanoviak, STRI research associate and professor at the University of Louisville, will summarize the basic physics of lightning, how we study lightning in Panama and the importance of lightning as an agent of tropical tree mortality.

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Yacht Acadia Expedition: are eastern pacific corals climate change survivors?

February 25, 2021

An entrepreneur who dreamed of becoming an oceanographer teams up with STRI researchers and young Latin American biologists to find out if some coral reefs are more resilient than others. His yacht will be the center of operations as they deploy high tech sensor arrays at sites around the tropical eastern Pacific.

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First DNA extracted from modern, ancient and fossil tropical shells

February 23, 2021

The next time you eat seafood, think about the long-term effects. Will consistently eating the biggest fish or the biggest conch, mean that only the smaller individuals will have a chance to reproduce?

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Tiny plants in a big changing world

February 22, 2021

The smallest and possibly most ancient terrestrial plants, bryophytes are an important part of our environment, but in the tropics, there is still much to learn about them.

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Baby vampire bat adopted by mom’s best friend

February 09, 2021

The strong relationship formed between two female adult vampire bats may have motivated one of the bats to adopt the other’s baby.

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