Welcome to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and the Bocas del Toro research station. The program for the afternoon session is pretty straightforward. We will begin with a brief overview of the workshop, discuss the importance of the Isthmus of Panama, and tell you a bit about the project that inspired this workshop.
The purpose of this session is to introduce you to past, present, and future work at STRI. STRI has over 40 permanent staff scientists and hosts over a thousand visiting researchers every year. Research at STRI spans many disciplines—from Archaeology and Paleobiology to Neurobiology and Microbial Ecology—across a spectrum of tropical systems. You can find scientists climbing in the canopy of a massive tree or diving on a beautiful coral reef.
STRI’s research assests are as diverse as it’s science. The Institute maintains 11 permenant research and educational facilities, including a tiny field station at Fortuna in the cloud forests of Panama’s highlands and a new state of the art facility in Gamboa on the Panama Canal.
for those on station.
Due to flight delay, we will not do lightening talks. Those on station will have free time
pick up arrivals back to station settle in
1230–1630 Afternoon Session
Matt Leray–General Introduction
Plinio Gondola–The Bocas Station
Rachel Collin Title: Environmental & Biodiversity Research in Bocas del Toro.
Jarrod Scott Title: STRI & The Isthmus of Panama
Ross Robertson Title: Contrasts in the marine environments and biotas across the central American Isthmus
Haris Lessios Title: TBA
Allen Herre Title: TBA
Emmett Duffy Title: TBA
Laetitia Wilkins Title: The IstmoBiome Project
1610–1700 Open for now
- Jon Kaye
- Bill Wcislo
- Jonathan Eisen