Lab events

Lab events

Gamboa Happy Hours

Date: Every Friday

Time: 4:00-5:00 pm in Panama (EST/ GMT -5)

The Gamboa research community gathers outside for snacks and conversation.

Special Seminar by Irene Kopelman, Independent Artist

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Time: 4:00-5:00 pm in Panama (EST/ GMT -5)

Title: Here and Elsewhere

Irene Kopelman is an Argentinian visual artist based in Amsterdam whose practice entails working with scientists at research institutions to learn their methodologies and insights. In 2012 she visited STRI for the first time as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. Since then, she has returned repeatedly to Panama to pursue different collaborations with STRI scientists.

She is currently at STRI developing several new projects, and she will share part of her art trajectory from prior work here, to examples from her most recent projects, and a brief overview of her on-going projects on BCI and Coibita.

Kopelman is interested in the methodologies and process of making art, as well as science.
The talk will present several examples of her recent art, starting with the context of the research interests and methods of the associated science institute where she is working to decide on a project. She will explain how she develops suitable methods to address the subjects, and then implements the methods to make an interconnected series of drawings. Finally, she will shows how she assembles the drawings into a work of art, and how she displays them in museums or other venues.

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Special Invited Seminar by Dr. Justine Karst, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Time: 4:00-5:00 pm in Panama (EST/ GMT -5)

Title: Re-examining the ‘wood-wide web’

Abstract: Few ecological concepts have appeared in public discourse as much as the ‘wood-wide web’. This concept holds that all trees in a forest are physically connected belowground by mycorrhizal fungi, with the fungi serving as passive conduits for the flow of resources and signals among the networked trees. Through these fungal networks, ‘Mother trees’ recognize and warn their kin of danger, and, in one final act of altruism, dying trees send pulses of resources to neighbors. Though widely appealing and massively popular, is any of this true? In this seminar, I will separate fact from fiction regarding the ‘wood-wide web’ and weigh in on some causes and consequences of a narrative gone wrong.

Please join us! This seminar will be presented live from the Tupper Auditorium. For those wanting to connect virtually:
https://smithsonian.zoom.us/j/88933385051?pwd=NDJ4QlZVZUo5SUFYYS84SnRWSk…
Password: 038908

Microbial Symposium

Frontiers in Tropical Marine and Terrestrial Microbial Ecology