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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Staff Post

Directed Research in Panama

by Jorie Heilman


Directed Research is up and running in Bocas. We have three groups this semester working on very different projects: Professor Carolyn Kovacs' group (Tropical Coastal Ecology) is continuing a project that started in Fall 2018, studying sea stars at Playa...
April 24, 2019
Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Siobhan Moynihan
Student Post

The Human Footprint, and the Soothing Sounds of Nature

by Siobhan Moynihan


There’s a melody to conservation, and I was once told by a professor to listen to the sounds nature made. Whether that be the falling of heavy rain on our steel roofs, or the grackles crackling to each other, the...
April 8, 2019
Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Faculty Post

Making Connections

by Carolyn Kovacs, M.S.


Even though Bocas del Toro is a relatively small island group with an equally small population, it is home to a surprisingly large number of organizations and people that are promoting marine science and other environmental conservation issues. Every semester...
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Faculty Post

Supporting Local Tourism

by Leon Mach, Ph.D.


It is rare for academics to get a chance to put their ideas into practice. One of the best parts about working with SFS is getting the opportunity to moderate community engagement projects that align with our academic interests. Two...
February 26, 2019
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Staff Post

Directed Research in Bocas

by Jorie Heilman


The start of our Directed Research projects has come up quickly here in Panama. The students have practiced various field methods throughout the semester and now they get to put their skills into action. Our faculty selected three topics they...
November 26, 2018
Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Student Post

Connected to the Field

by Brian Sands


The biggest appeal of SFS, to me, is written right there in the name: field studies. The importance of field work as a way to improve the retention of information is substantial. One day I learn about a topic, maybe...
November 26, 2018
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Faculty Post

Tourism and Indigenous Communities in Panama

by Leon Mach, Ph.D.


Can an entire Indigenous community benefit from tourism visitation? The UN estimates that Tourism is now one of the world’s largest industries and employs one out of every ten workers worldwide. In my EPSV class this semester, we have discussed...
September 27, 2018
		
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Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Faculty Post

Directed Research in Panama

by Carolyn Kovacs, M.S.


The last four weeks of program at SFS are composed of Directed Research (DR). During this time students work with one of the Center's four professors on a research project specific to that field of study. We have some students...
April 20, 2018
		
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