April 8, 1994. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute agrees to help Honduras manage the Los Cochinos Archipelago. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: April 8, 1994
March 29, 1924. The Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory opens in Panama with this group of scientists and guests in attendance. We are excited to see ladies of a scientific bent wearing ties and serious hats. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: March 29, 1924
New research shows clear evidence that beetle mommies are very protective of their little larval bundles of joy. Continue reading Beetle moms show clear maternal instincts
Hitchhiking snails win a biodiversity “sweepstakes.” Continue reading It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a flying snail?
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute receives a three-year grant for $75,000 from Citibank Corporation for support of a training program at the new Mpala Research Center in Kenya which was established on February 24, 1992.
The Naos Seawater System is inaugurated by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Director Dr. Ira Rubinoff, Panamanian President Dr. Aristides J. Royo Ruiz, Acting Smithsonian Secretary Phillip S. Hughes, and the Archbishop of Panama. The Naos Seawater System is a system of large tanks supplied with running seawater at the Pacific marine laboratory on Naos Island.… Continue reading July 10, 1980
After nearly 20 years of study, a Smithsonian scientist concludes that the invasion of “killer bees” may not be as damaging to native bees as once thought. Continue reading New research on killer bees generating some buzz
Get a sneak peek at two new programs available only on the Smithsonian Channel. Continue reading Smithsonian Channel puts the spotlight on STRI
Eight institutions, including the National Zoo and the Tropical Research Institute have formed a joint venture to save amphibians from the brink of extinction in the eastern region of Panama—an area rich with diverse amphibian species. Experts from the Zoo, STRI, Africam Safari Park, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Defenders of Wildlife, the Houston Zoo, Summit Municipal Park and the Zoo New England have pooled their expertise and resources to create the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.
Continue reading Saving amphibians on the brink of extinction
Barro Colorado Island in Panama, home of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s premier tropical biology field station, has been described as the best-studied piece of tropical real estate in the western hemisphere. Although the island has been a mecca for biologists for nearly 90 years, no one has ever photographed an elusive island visitor—the jaguar—until… Continue reading Elusive jaguar photographed for first time on Barro Colorado Island