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Necessity at the roots of innovation: The scramble for nutrients intensifies as soils age

Necessity at the roots of innovation: The scramble for nutrients intensifies as soils age

April 24, 2015

Confronted by extreme scarcity of nutrients in an Australian dune ecosystem, the leaves of different plant species converge on a single efficient strategy to conserve phosphorus, an essential nutrient...

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Third Submarine Expedition to Panama’s Hannibal Bank seamount Coiba National Park

Third Submarine Expedition to Panama’s Hannibal Bank seamount Coiba National Park

April 17, 2015

A third submarine expedition to Hannibal Bank in Panama’s Coiba National Park and World Heritage set out on the R/V Alucia on April 1 to explore the biodiversity of a huge undersea mountain...

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New Rescue Lab for Endangered Amphibians Opens in Panama

New Rescue Lab for Endangered Amphibians Opens in Panama

April 13, 2015

SCBI and STRI scientists working together as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project (PARC) opened a new safe haven for endangered amphibians today, April 8...

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How Will Warming Affect Tropical Forests?<br/>Smithsonian CTFS-ForestGEO Network Contributes Data to $100-Million Climate Change Study

How Will Warming Affect Tropical Forests?
Smithsonian CTFS-ForestGEO Network Contributes Data to $100-Million Climate Change Study

April 06, 2015

Tropical forests, the lungs of the planet, absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide gas—a primary contributor to global warming...

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE...

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE...

March 31, 2015

At the end of a long tropical rainy season in 2010, a once-in-a-century monster storm dropped 760 mm (30 inches) of rain in the upper reaches of the Chagres River...

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Now hiring ecologists in Singapore

Now hiring ecologists in Singapore

March 20, 2015

On March 17th, the Smithsonian Institution signed a memorandum of understanding with Nanyang Technological University to expand both science and education related to two global environmental monitoring networks pioneered at the STRI...

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Newly Described Poison Dart Frog Hatched for the First Time in Captivity

Newly Described Poison Dart Frog Hatched for the First Time in Captivity

March 16, 2015

The tiny dart frog species only grows to 14 millimeters and was first collected and described last year from a small area in central Panama...

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Reef shutdown

Reef shutdown

March 09, 2015

A new study has found that La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panamá were closely associated with an abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth that lasted 2,500 years...

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Panama Canal Fossils:

Panama Canal Fossils:

March 02, 2015

As the expansion nears completion, researchers have logged more than 6,000 days in the field. They located fossils, mapped geological formations, collected samples and described the geological setting...

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Long-term tropical lizard decline linked to El Niño events

Long-term tropical lizard decline linked to El Niño events

February 23, 2015

Natural ups and downs in the numbers of a tropical lizard species may be a result of global-scale El Niño events, according to a unique 40-year census conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama...

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