UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars ¡ERES! Summer Program: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute 2019!
(Post courtesy of UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program Newsletter 2019)
This July (16th-31st) participants from the UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Summer Program will head to the isthmus of Panama to the world famous Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), one of 20 bureaus within the Smithsonian Institution. According to their website, “STRI was founded with the purpose of increasing and sharing knowledge about the past, present and future of tropical ecosystems and their relevance to human welfare. This work began in Panama in 1910, when the Smithsonian led one of the world’s first major environmental impact studies, which surveyed and cataloged the flora and fauna of the lowland tropical forests that would be flooded with the creation of the Panama Canal. A century later, the Smithsonian in Panama is a standard-setting global platform for groundbreaking research on tropical forests and marine ecosystems and their astounding biodiversity.”
The summer program will give participants valuable field, lab, and data science computational skills. Students will network with research scientists, graduate students and post-doctoral students as they visit STRI research sites on the Pacific, Caribbean, and in the Panama Canal Zone. Students will learn about Panama’s historical role in the Great American biodiversity interchange, while adding to their understanding of tropical ecosystems, ecology, animal behavior, conservation, and experimental design.
The program is funded by the Smithsonian Latino Center Latino Pool Funds, UC Santa Barbara, and through in-kind support at STRI and Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
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