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WHY WEEVILS?

WHY WEEVILS?

June 30, 2014

Weevils can be found anywhere there are plants or plant remains. They feed on leaves in the forest canopy, burrow into tree bark, scavenge through leaf litter on the forest floor...

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STRI Forges stronger ties with Panama's scientific institutions

STRI Forges stronger ties with Panama's scientific institutions

June 23, 2014

To promote and strengthen Panama’s standing as a world-class destination for scientific research, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has forged stronger collaborative ties with two of Panama’s leading research organizations...

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LARSEN TAKES HELM AS STRI DIRECTOR

LARSEN TAKES HELM AS STRI DIRECTOR

June 23, 2014

STRI’s incoming director, Matthew Larsen, officially became a Smithsonian employee on Monday, June 16...

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WHAT KEEPS SEEDS VIABLE FOR SO LONG?

WHAT KEEPS SEEDS VIABLE FOR SO LONG?

June 23, 2014

The hot and humid tropical forest floor voraciously decomposes virtually anything that is biodegradable...

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Beetle Genus named for STRI'S Don Windsor

Beetle Genus named for STRI'S Don Windsor

June 16, 2014

Some people are honored with the name of a species. STRI’s Donald Windsor was recently placed one branch higher on the taxonomy tree with a genus named after him...

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Does El Niño make fish go hungry?

Does El Niño make fish go hungry?

June 16, 2014

Kirsteen MacKenzie plunges from a STRI research vessel into the Bay of Panama with a snorkel and a net...

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Vines choke a forest's ability to capture carbon

Vines choke a forest's ability to capture carbon

June 09, 2014

Tropical forests are a sometimes underappreciated asset in the battle against climate change...

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BUCKETS OF BIODIVERSITY

BUCKETS OF BIODIVERSITY

June 09, 2014

The seawater Michael Boyle collects aboard a research vessel in the Bay of Panama fails to impress at first glance...

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How could climate change affect fiddler crab reproduction?

How could climate change affect fiddler crab reproduction?

June 02, 2014

One reason some species of fiddler crabs are so abundant on the beaches and mudflats around Panama City is that they reproduce year-round, closely timing reproduction around the high tides that increase success of offspring survival...

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IS FOREST FRAGMENTATION DRIVING VIRUS EMERGENCE?

IS FOREST FRAGMENTATION DRIVING VIRUS EMERGENCE?

June 02, 2014

Marco Marklewitz sometimes starts experiments in his gumboots. When his colleagues’ socks are ripe for a washing, his instead are put in a mosquito trap and hoisted into the tropical forest canopy...

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