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STRI announces its 10,000th publication

August 24, 2009

STRI announces its 10,000th publication

On October 27, 1910, 27th US president William Howard Taft sent a letter to SI secretary Charles D. Walcott, approving a biological survey of the Panama Canal Zone

On October 27, 1910, 27 US th president William Howard Taft sent a letter to SI secretary Charles D. Walcott, approving a biological survey of the Panama Canal Zone. The first publications credited to Smithsonian researchers by the STRI Library (at the time Canal Zone Biological Area) are articles by James B. Zetek, Nathan Banks, Thomas E. Snyder and other legendary scientists, starting in 1911.

Ninety-nine years after president Taft’s letter, STRI Senior Latino postdoctoral fellow Renato Valencia, a professor from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), STRI staff scientists Richard Condit (Smithsonian Global Earth Observatories or SIGEO) and Helene Muller-Landau (Center for Tropical Forest Science/SIGEO), and PUCE’s Consuelo Hernandez and Hugo Navarrete, published STRI´s 10,000 publication, “Dissecting th biomass dynamics in a large Amazonian forest plot,” in the Journal of Tropical Ecology 25(5): 473-482.

This landmark publication reflects STRI´s commitment to tropical biology for almost 100 years, its associations with international universities and scientific centers, its highly successful academic programs, the application of basic science in global efforts, and its leadership as a world-class research center. The article can be obtained from calderom@si.edu.

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