RESEARCH FUNDING FROM THE SMITHSONIAN
|STRI’s success as a research institute is a direct function of our ability to attract the brightest scholars from disparate fields of study. We invest more than $3 million annually to support creative young researchers and to back leading scientists at critical stages of their careers. Modern facilities in tropical mangrove, forest and marine ecosystems and a thriving research community enable scholars to hone good ideas into brilliant questions.
Conduct your own research in the context of a 100-year relationship between the Smithsonian and Panama that has resulted in more than 10,000 scholarly publications. You’ll benefit from constant exchange that leads to transformational research and seeds new questions about the origins of biodiversity, the implications of environmental change and cultural innovation accompanying shifts in resource use.
The next deadline for Short-Term-Fellowship applications is October 15, 2014.
Michiel works on STRI's Panama Canal Watershed Project, which aims to improve understanding of smart reforestation and ecosystem services in the tropics.
Christie studies the complex behavior of Greater Anis, cuckoo birds that both cooperate - by sharing nests - and compete - by tossing the eggs of nest mates.
Kate studies the behavior of Megalopta genalis, a sweat bee, to better understand social evolution.
Before it’s chocolate, it’s a cacao seed. Endophytic fungi growing inside cacao leaves protect them from disease. Plant pathologist Luis Mejia came home to Panama after finishing his Ph.D. in Maryland to find out how endophytes affect gene expression and health of their host plants.
After finishing a Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Katia returned to Panama to explore the evolution of a special, water-saving, photosynthetic pathway in orchids that may be an excellent illustration of the ability of an organism to adapt to changing environmental conditions through time.
Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow
Woody vines are overtaking tropical forests in the Americas. After comparing the growth of tree and vine seedlings under increased atmospheric carbon dioxide to use airborne and satellite remote sensing imagery to study how changes in forest composition affect the global carbon cycle.