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Congratulations to Cecilia Webber & Blaine Martin, GRFP recipients!

April 2024

Lab members Cecilia Webber and Blaine Martin earned National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF-GRFP), which recognize and support outstanding students pursuing research-based doctoral degrees in the United States. Way to go, Cecilia and Blaine! So very proud of and happy for you both!

Photo by A. Ferrario, STRI Advancement

Dr. Spear received one of the 2022 Secretary’s Research Prizes

March 2024

Dr. Spear was selected by the Smithsonian Congress of Scholars to give the 10th annual Will Morrison memorial lecture at the Secretary’s Research Prize ceremony. Her lecture, “Life from Death: the role of pathogens in maintaining tropical forest diversity,” highlighted her research program at the STRI. A key research theme recognizes fungal pathogens of trees as flawed protagonists: villainized as destructors, but who should also be recognized as constructors. When a tree dies in a tropical forest, it releases space and nutrients and allows precious light and water to reach the forest floor. Fungi rule the forest by killing some trees and giving life to others.

Research Assistant Blaine Martin is going to grad school!

March 2024

This fall Blaine will join Dr. Jim Dalling’s lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a PhD student. He will be researching the root-associated fungi of Podocarps in Western Panama. Congratulations, Blaine!

El Suelo está Vivo by Isabel Brostella
Photo by T. Katzman

Art-Science Celebration of Barro Colorado Island’s Centennial

May 2023

Estudio Nuboso designed and facilitated a six-week residency for three local artists. The resulting art beautifully transmits the curiosity and excitement that scientists feel in BCI’s tropical forests. Our lab was fortunate to work with the talented Isabel Brostella.

Featured: Estudio Nuboso
Language: English

Photo by J. Sertich

Dr. Spear received one of the 2022 Secretary’s Research Prizes

December 2022

Annually, the Smithsonian Congress of Scholars and Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch recognize staff, across the diverse research disciplines of the Smithsonian, who promote excellence in scholarship.

Featured: STRI Media
Language: English

By Erin R Spear

My Life Coach, the Forest

September 2022

Featured: Smithsonian Magazine
Language: English

By Camille Delavaux

Camille Delavaux

My Journey to Barro Colorado Island (Part 3 of 3).

STRI from Myth to Reality: Working on Barro Colorado Island as Part of a Community.

Featured: STRI Media
Language: English / Spanish

The Plot
By Camille Delavaux & Omayra Melendez

The Plot

Science is a team effort: 40 years of forest dynamics research on Barro Colorado Island (Part 2 of 3).

Featured: STRI Media
Language: English / Spanish

By Omayra Melendez

Omayra Meléndez

My Journey to Barro Colorado Island (Part 1 of 3).

Featured: STRI Media
Language: English / Spanish

By Darryl Fears 

In Panama’s rain forest, death means more life

November 2014

Featured: The Washington Post
Language: English