Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Subject Guide

Welcome to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Library Subject Guide. This is a select list of freely-available resources to learn about tropical research and STRI history. 

    STRI Bibliography, Databases and Images

    • STRI Bibliography: Search by year, author or title on the STRI webpage to access the continuously updated listing of over 13,000 citations of STRI research output; pulls from the Smithsonian Research Online.
    • Smithsonian DSpace Repository: Many SI publications are made available as downloadable pdfs via the Smithsonian Digital Repository; sory by Community to locate STRI-specific materials, including the Center for Tropical Forest Science, Datasets, STRI News and Trópicos.
    • SI Scholarly Profiles: A tool which highlights Smithsonian staff and scholarship. 
    • Biodiversity Heritage Library: Online library featuring open access legacy literature from the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives and a consortium of other natural history and botanical libraries.
    • Field Guides in BHL: Open access links to over 100 digitized field guides in the Biodiversity Heritage Library with topics including Panama, Barro Colorado Island, the Canal Zone, researchers Wetmore, Moynihan, and more.
    • Barro Colorado in BHL: Open access links to more than 3,200 digitized items concerning Barro Colorado Island, Panama in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
    • Bocas del Toro in BHL: Open access links to more than 1,500 digitized items concerning Bocas del Toro, Panama in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
    • Galeta in BHL: Open access links to over 200 digitized items with keyword Galeta in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (*pre-20th century false hits).
    • Naos in BHL: Open access links to over 900 digitized items with keyword Naos in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (*some will be false hits for STRI-related material).
    • Panama in BHL: Open access links to more than 46,000 digitized items concerning Panama in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
    • Flora of Barro Colorado Island: This site is designed to accompany The Flora of Barro Colorado Island by Thomas Croat, providing easy access to searching species names of BCI flora.
    • STRI Digital File Manager: This is an ongoing project to make as many of STRI's digital archives available to the general public as possible. In this archive we provide access to not only photos, but also video and audio recordings, publications, reports, posters, etc. Other photographs may be searched in the Smithsonian Institution Archives (see below).
    • STRI Herbarium: Taxonomic and distribution database based on the collections and catalogs of the STRI and University of Panama herbariums.
    • STRI Databases: List of scientific databases developed by STRI providing data and information biodiversity, flora, fauna, and other research conducted by the institute.
    • ForestGEO: Homepage for a network of scientists and forest research sites dedicated to advancing long-term study of the world's forests with over 65 research sites across the world. 
    • MarineGEO: The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO), directed by the Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON), is a global network of partners focused on understanding how coastal marine ecosystems work—and how to keep them working.
    • Panama Species Database: Database featuring images and geographic information about the over 24,000 species in Panama observed and cataloged by STRI researchers.
    • Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific: Guide created by STRI researchers to the shorefishes and environments of the Pacific coast of the Americas from Baja California, Mexico to Northern Peru. The guide includes a database of fishes including descriptions and images.

    Smithsonian Institution Archives and STRI

    • Visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute webpage on the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) website.
    • Linked below is a pdf listing all the records, personal papers, and oral histories regarding STRI at the SIA, created June 2018. To find more details about any of these collections, please go to the SIA website and search by the collection number (leading zeroes included). If no “hit” results that links to a finding aid, it may not be one online. Please contact the SIA Reference Team with any questions.
    • The first 31 pages list all instances of index terms identifying STRI, CZBA or Barro Colorado. There is duplication of collection numbers.
    • Pages 32-42 display isolated individual collections. Also, this list includes all records about STRI (Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, public affairs, exhibitions, etc.).
    • The final pages 43-47 only list collections that came from STRI or individuals who did research in Panama, or Oral Histories that mention STRI.
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    Related Library Resources

    • Accesso a Bibliografía Científica (ABC): Hosted by Senacyt, the subscription-based databases and electronic resources are available at the National Library, the University of Panama, and other Panamanian institutions.
    • Archivo Nacional de Panamá: National Archives of Panama.
    • Biblioteca de Boquete: A bilingual public library in the town of Boquete, offering language courses, lending, and cultural events.
    • La Biblioteca Nacional de Panamá (BINAL): Spanish language library resources, open access, online catalog, ABC resources.
    • Latindex: Provides access to the contents and complete texts of academic journals available in digital newspaper archives of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, attached to the open access movement. The objective of this portal is to spread the scientific knowledge that is published in the Ibero-American region.
    • MiAmbiente Biblioteca Virtual: Links to free digital publications and reports of MiAmbiente, Panama's Ministry of the Environment.
    • OceanDocs: Repository of Marine Science publications in digital form, including preprints, published articles, technical reports, & working papers, supported by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
    • Portado del Archivo General de Indias: Archives located in Spain whose aim is to offer the most complete and documented historical vision of the Spanish New World Administration.
    • Sistema de Bibliotecas de la Universidad de Panamá (SIBIUP): Spanish language library resources, open access, online catalog, ABC resources.
    • The Panama Canal Museum Collection in the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, one of the largest and most respected Latin American and Caribbean repositories in the USA. The collection documents the U.S. experience in the Panama Canal Zone and in the country of Panama. To a lesser degree, the collection also preserves historical information about the Canal prior and subsequent to U.S. construction and operation.
    • CoOL Conservation OnLine: An online resource by and for conservators and related fields, operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).
    • Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts: Disaster Recovery Salvaging Books.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    • Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts: Recuperación de siniestros rescate de libros.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    • Preparación y respuestas en casos de emergencia para bibliotecas. Cómo guardar, estabilizar y recuperar materiales de la biblioteca en una emergencia por inundaciones de agua. Una charla de Katie Wagner, junio 2018.                                    

    Tropical Flora and Fauna

    • Avibase: Online bird database with range, multi-lingual name, and taxonomic information. It includes information for over 11,000 species and 12,000 regions.
    • Bryozoans of The Pacific: Database featuring location and deption information about Bryozoans, filter feeding invertebrates, found off the Pacific coast of Panama.
    • Costa Rica Thermic Dome: Website from the MarViva research organization featuring information about the Costa Rica Thermic Dome marine diversity hotspot, including species information, temperatue data, and photos, videos, and maps.
    • Field Museum Guías de Campo: Field Guides concerning flora and fauna worldwide available in free downloadable pdfs; many created with STRI support.
    • Flora Mesoamericana: Spanish language taxanomic and descriptive database of plants found in Southern Mexico and Central America.
    • The Flora of Panama: Database from the Missouri Botanical Garden of more than 7000 known plant species in Panama, including habitat and distribution information. Full text of the Flora of Panama articles are accessible within the digitized volumes of the Missouri Botanical Garden Bulletin in the Biodiversity Heritage Libary. Refer to the Flora of Panama Checklist and Index Part I (v. 17 1987) and Part II (v. 18 1987) to identify volumes and issues of articles. Additions to the flora of Panama, with comments on plant collections and information gaps by Ortiz, Campos-Piñeda et al published in 2019.
    • Global Biodiversity Information Facility: Interface for searching open access biodiversity data, especially species occurrence information, from across the world.
    • International Plant Names Index (IPNI): Searchable database of names, and associated bibliographical details, of plants, ferns and lycophytes.
    • Mammal Diversity Database: Online database from the American Society of Mammologists featuring information about mammal taxonomies and biodiversity with a focus on recent taxonomic revisions and species description changes.
    • North American Butterfly Association: Association for people in North America interested in butterflies. Their site includes data from their butterfly counts, how to take part in the counts, and butterfly gardening and habitats.
    • Ocean Biogeographic Information System: Database which includes species taxonomy information, ocean and country biodiversity datasets, and distribution data for marine life.
    • RAINBIO: Downloadable database of georeferenced occurance data of plants from sub-Saharan tropical Africa.
    • Tropical Rain Forest (San Diego Zoo): Browesable collection of guides to plants and animals which live in tropical rain forests. Each guide provides behavioral, habitat, and conservation information, as well as images.
    • Tropicos: World's largest botanical database, from the Missouri Botanical Gardens, featuring over 4 million specimen records, 2 million distribution records, and 230,000 images.
    • VertNet: Vertebrate Database created from FishNet, MaNIS, HerpNET, and ORNIS. VertNet contains over 20,000,000 records from more than 380 collections across all vertebrates.

    Tropical Research Organizations

    Related Natural History Resources

    • Amphibians of Panama: Database featuring scientific and common names, descriptions, habitat information, and images for the nearly 200 species of amphibians in Panama.
    • BioMuseo: STRI affiliated museum featuring eight galleries about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its impact on the planet’s biodiversity.
    • Databases for Science Research: List of science research databases from the Smithsonian Libraries. Many of the databases are free access, but others do require users to be onsite at a Smithsonian library or have Smithsonian network access.
    • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF): An international network and research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing open access to data about all types of life on Earth.
    • Integrated Taxonomic Information System: Taxonomic database searchable by scientific and common names maintained through a partnership of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican federal agencies including the Smithsonian.
    • Marine Plants of Pacific Panama: Searchable database of marine plants with descriptions, taxonomy, images, and habitat and distribution information.
    • Science Teaching Resources (Life Science): Collection of Life Science related lessons, activities, literacy resources, and videos from the Department of Education at the National Museum of Natural History.
    • Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum: STRI affiliated museum chronicling the history of the construction of the Panama Canal.

    Associations and Societies - Panama

    • ANCON: Una organización no gubernamental, sin fines de lucro, con más de 30 años de trabajo ininterrumpido, conservando los recursos naturales y la biodiversidad de Panamá para las presentes y las futuras generaciones.
    • Asociación de Antropología e Historia de Panamá: Panamanian Historical and Anthropological Association.
    • Autoridad del Canal de Panama (ACP): The Smithsonian works closely with the ACP, which manages all aspects of the Panama Canal waterways and shorelines.
    • Ministerio del Ambiente: Ley 8 del 25 de marzo de 2015, se creó el Ministerio de Ambiente y se modificaron disposiciones de la Autoridad de los Recursos Acuáticos de Panamá. La Ley establece que el Ministerio de Ambiente es una entidad rectora del Estado en materia de protección, conservación, preservación y restauración del ambiente y el uso sostenible de los recursos naturales para asegurar el cumplimiento y aplicación de las leyes, los reglamentos y la Política Nacional de Ambiente.
    • Patronato Panama Viejo: Organization focused on the conservation, research, and development the site of old Panama City and its related archaeological site.
    • SENACYT: A close partner with STRI's mission, the Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación is an autonomous institution located in the Ciudad de Saber whose mission is to "Turn science and technology into sustainable development tools for Panama."

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