STRI 2010

We are lucky here in Panama for a variety of different reasons. One reason is that Panama is an amazing laboratory to learn a variety of different things about nature. There are many different groups that study wildlife in Panama and Bocas del Toro in particular. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) makes it much easier for each of the scientists to conduct research in the tropics.

From STRI’s website: The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (STRI) in Panama, is a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution based outside of the United States, is dedicated to understanding biological diversity. What began in 1923 as small field station on Barro Colorado Island, in the Panama Canal Zone, has developed into one of the leading research institutions of the world. STRI’s facilities provide a unique opportunity for long-term ecological studies in the tropics, and are used extensively by some 900 visiting scientists from academic and research institutions in the United States and around the world every year. The work of our resident scientists has allowed us to better understand tropical habitats and has trained hundreds of tropical biologists.

STRI’s Bocas del Toro Research Station is home to a number of scientists on a regular basis. They are based in this facility whenever they are doing research throughout the archipelago. We have been fortunate to have had two different red frog studies use the grounds at Tranquilo Bay for part of their research. One such study has just published a paper as designated in STRI’s news for October. If you are interested in reading the newsletter there is a link to it below.

You can also follow both STRI and the Bocas Research Station on Facebook.

STRI News Oct.1, 2010

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