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Watch the Vampcam!

Watch the Vampcam!

November 30, 2015

Like primates, vampire bats groom each other, demonstrating cooperative social relationships...

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A new field guide untangles identification of tropical vines

A new field guide untangles identification of tropical vines

November 20, 2015

A striking feature of tropical forests, woody vines or lianas compete with trees for light, slowing tree growth or even killing them...

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Will lionfish cross the Panama Canal?

Will lionfish cross the Panama Canal?

November 16, 2015

Coral reefs of the Caribbean already faced warming waters, disease and human-induced degradation. Then the lionfish came along...

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How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?

How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?

November 06, 2015

Before Europeans arrived, indigenous peoples altered the Amazon forest but primarily along major rivers....

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Bat man IDs some bats by smell alone

Bat man IDs some bats by smell alone

October 30, 2015

Much like the bats he studies, Stefan Brändel’s work week in Panama over the past two years has been nocturnal...

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Will there be a drought in Panama next year?<br/>El Niño 2015-2016 and the Importance of Long-term Monitoring

Will there be a drought in Panama next year?
El Niño 2015-2016 and the Importance of Long-term Monitoring

October 26, 2015

Panama, along with much of Central America, northern South America and the Caribbean, is experiencing the driest, and possibly, the hottest year on record...

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Smithsonian Scientists Say Vines Strangle Carbon Storage in Tropical Forests

Smithsonian Scientists Say Vines Strangle Carbon Storage in Tropical Forests

October 19, 2015

In a major experimental study in Panama, Smithsonian researchers showed that woody vines, or lianas, slow tropical forest tree growth and may even cause premature tree death...

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SYSTEM SHOCK:<br/> El Niño Tests Coral Survival Limits

SYSTEM SHOCK:
El Niño Tests Coral Survival Limits

October 12, 2015

A FIRST pulse of abnormally warm water hit Panama’s Pacific coast in April and corals immediately began to fade...

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Colorful Caterpillar Chemists May Signal New Useful Plant Compounds

Colorful Caterpillar Chemists May Signal New Useful Plant Compounds

October 05, 2015

Scientists at the STRI compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing toxic chemicals would more easily incorporate toxins into its body than the one with a broad diet...

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Panama designates two new marine protected areas

Panama designates two new marine protected areas

September 28, 2015

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez signed a decree that established two marine protected areas around little-studied underwater mountain chains, one in the Caribbean and one in the Pacific...

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