The goals of BCNM (Barro Colorado Nature Monument) are these:
- To promote and facilitate scientific research on tropical lowland rain forest
- To serve as a facility for training researchers in tropical environmental sciences
- To preserve a representative sample of lowland rain forest
- To protect the natural resources of BCNM
- To cooperate in environmental education through BCNM's Visitor's Program
Since the beginning of the 20th century, Barro Colorado Island has served the needs of field researchers, foresting a base of primary scientific information unequaled by any other single biological research site on earth.
Scientists use this wealth of data to enhance our knowledge of our earth, act as the springboard for innovation and inform decision-makers worldwide. Hundreds of researchers and students vie for the limited number of study opportunities available here each year. Research in the areas of ecology, evolution and many more, is pursued in this fragile and unique place.
Follow the link below to see some of the recent publications of researchers from BCNM and other branches of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.