Opening Day

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.


0730-0830 Breakfast

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

1130–1215 Lunch

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

1330-1400 Break


Ross Robertson Title: Contrasts in the marine environments and biotas across the central American Isthmus


Haris Lessios Title: TBA


Allen Herre Title: TBA

1505-1530 Break


Emmett Duffy Title: TBA


Laetitia Wilkins Title: The IstmoBiome Project

1610–1700 Open for now

  • Jon Kaye
  • Bill Wcislo
  • Jonathan Eisen

1700–2130 Happy Hour & Dinner in Town