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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2018-01-15T21:56:54.000Z
Topic:
Tropics;Biology  Search this
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Science & Technology  Search this
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TheSmithsonianPanama
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TheSmithsonianPanama
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute | PANAMA

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2014-03-21T19:49:00.000Z
Topic:
Tropics;Biology  Search this
Youtube Category:
Science & Technology  Search this
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TheSmithsonianPanama
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Earl Silas Tupper Research and Conference Center  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Color; Size: 6w x 4h ; Type of Image: Exterior; Landscape ; Medium: Digital Image
Type:
Panama
Exterior
Digital Image
Place:
Panama
Date:
c. 2011
Topic:
Laboratories  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Panama City (Panama)  Search this
Hotels  Search this
SI Buildings  Search this
Standard number:
2001-00895
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12730

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Interior
Place:
Panama
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Date:
1965
Topic:
Ancon Building (Panama City)  Search this
Panama City (Panama)  Search this
Research institutes  Search this
Standard number:
90-14500
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9726

Barro Colorado Island "Commons Building" at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Architectural; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Place:
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Panama
Date:
1980
Topic:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)  Search this
Standard number:
80-4005-8
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8931

Flag Designed for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithson Bicentennial

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Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1893
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11533

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Punta Culebra - Student Orientation Video

Creator:
Smithsonian Education  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2008-12-29T23:55:55.000Z
Topic:
Education  Search this
Youtube Category:
People & Blogs  Search this
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SmithsonianEducation
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianEducation
Data Source:
Smithsonian Education
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt__jbQlt8cY48

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Galeta Marine Laboratory - Student Orientation Video

Creator:
Smithsonian Education  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
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2008-12-30T17:25:26.000Z
Topic:
Education  Search this
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Science & Technology  Search this
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SmithsonianEducation
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Smithsonian Education
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edanmdm:yt_6gYBSITkFoI

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Group Interview

Creator:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Extent:
1 audiotape (reference copy).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1990
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

STRI staff who lived on Barro Colorado Island and raised their families in this unique environment were interviewed as a group to capture what life was like living and and working in this remote tropical location.
Descriptive Entry:
This interview by Pamela M. Henson, historian, Smithsonian Institution Archives, was recorded at the Rands' home in Gamboa, Panama, and documented reminiscences of former colleagues, students, visitors, and staff at STRI from the late 1950s to 1990, including experiences with ants (Paraponera), snakes, food, beer, long-term residence on Barro Colorado Island, increasing institutional management of STRI in recent years, laundry, pets, and children.

This collection is comprised of one interview session, totaling approximately 1.0 hour of recording, and 40 pages of transcript. There are two generations of tape for each session: original reel-to-reel tapes and reference tapes. In total, this collection is comprised of 2 original 7" reels and 1 reference copy audio cassette tape. The original tapes are reserved in preservation storage.

Restrictions: Permission must be secured to quote from the Nicholas D. and Tanis Smythe portions of the interview. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Historical Note:
Many Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) staff live on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), an island located in Gatun Lake, part of the Panama Canal watershed. In 1923, the island was set aside as a nature reserve and site for research in tropical biology. The BCI Research Station was run by a consortium of universities and government agencies in its early years. Called the Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA), it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1946 and was renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in 1966.

This group interview documents life on the island from the perspective of five residents, Brian C. Bock, A. Stanley Rand, Patricia Rand, Nicholas D. Smythe, and Tanis Smythe. A. Stanley Rand received his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University in 1961. After working with Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Secretary of Agriculture in Brazil, he began working at STRI in 1964 as a herpetologist. From 1974 to 1979, Rand served as Assistant Director, and he was appointed Senior Biologist in 1979. His interest in the behavior and ecology of reptiles and amphibians led to pioneering studies of frog communications. Patricia Rand came to live on the island with her husband in 1964 and raised their family there. She conducted research and prepared exhibits on the history of BCI.

Nicholas D. Smythe received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Maryland in 1970. He began working at STRI the same year to develop baseline studies of the rainforest for the Environmental Sciences Program. His research interests centered on frugivorous mammals, and during the 1980s Smythe began a domestication program for the paca, a species of cavy, which is an excellent source of protein and can be raised on forest by-products. Smythe's goal was a large scale paca industry which would prevent further destruction of the rainforest. Tanis Smythe took up residence on BCI with her husband in 1970 and also worked in the STRI library. Brian Bock, a herpetologist at the University of Tennessee, was a visiting scientist in STRI's Biology Program and worked at STRI with the iguana biology and management project.
Rights:
Restricted.
Topic:
Tropical biology  Search this
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9580, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Group Interview
Identifier:
Record Unit 9580
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9580

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute History Interviews

Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Compact discs
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
2010, 2013
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also reminiscences and interviews recorded by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

As part of the celebration of the centennial of the Smithsonian's research in Panama, leading to the foundation of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), oral history interviews were conducted in 2010 and 2013 with STRI staff members from an array of professions and subject areas, by SIA Institutional History Division historian, Pamela M. Henson. Interviewees focused on women employees, administrative personnel, some of whom had arrived in the early 1960s. She later recorded additional interviews with STRI staff in Washington, D.C. Interviews were recorded in digital audio, and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection.
Descriptive Entry:
These interviews discuss their careers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, going back to the 1960s; expansion beyond Barro Colorado Island and downtown Panama City; research careers; changes in management practices as the Institute grew; relations between STRI, Panama, and the United States; effects of the new Panama Canal Treaty and changes in government, especially Manual Noreiga; on STRI and its staff.

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Centennial Interviews consist of 16 hours of interviews in 11 original digital .wav audio files and 10 digital .mp3 reference files.

Permission must be secured to use some of the interviews in this collection.
Historical Note:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute interviewees included Annette Aiello, entomologist; Mercedes Arroyo, administrator; Georgina de Alba, educator; Richard Cooke, anthropologist; Olga Linares, anthropologist; Elena Lombardo, assistant director; Gloria Maggiori, administrator; and Roberta Rubinoff, researcher.

Annette Aiello (1941- ) staff scientist and curator of STRI's insect collections, focused her research on life histories, behavior, and evolution of tropical insects, especially moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera). She received the B.A. in Biology from Brooklyn College in 1972, the M.A. and Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1975 and 1978, with a thesis on "A Reexamination of Portlandia (Rubiaceae) and Associated Taxa." She was a STRI Research Associate from 1978 Research Associate, through 1992 through 1992, when she was appointed Biologist.

Mercedes Arroyo (1944- ) joined STRI in 1965 as a secretary after receiving a bachelor's degree in commerce and studying at the Canal Zone College. She also worked in technical accounting and was named Head of the Purchasing Department. Because of her extensive experience and knowledge, she continued for six years as a consultant to the Procurement Office, devoting all her time to customs and transport methods. She returned to university to study Public Administration Customs while serving as Head of Department of Combres. For more than 10 years she organized several extracurricular events for STRI staff for special celebrations. She retired in 2005 after forty years at STRI.

Georgina de Alba (1951- ) was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1959. She completed her undergraduate work at Georgetown University, her masters at Tulane University, and taught high school Spanish. In 1975 she moved to Panama with her husband who is Panamanian. Soon after she started working at STRI where she worked for nearly 30 years. She managed the fellowship and internship programs and was responsible for significantly increasing the number of applicants from Panama and other Latin American countries. With the return of democracy to Panama in 1990, she became involved in opening the Institute to the community at large, including a marine public education program, and she gave numerous talks and briefings about STRI's mission to public audiences. In the 2000s she focused on management and policy decisions that were strategically important for the future success of STRI.

Richard Cooke (1946- ), born in Guildford, Surrey, England, studied modern languages and archaeology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his Ph.D. at the London Institute of Archaeology in 1972 with a thesis on the archaeology of Cocl province, Panama. Cooke returned to Panama in 1973 and in 1974 was awarded a STRI post-doctoral fellowship under Dr. Olga Linares. Until 1983, when he joined the (STRI) staff, he worked as field assistant to archaeologist Junius Bird (American Museum of Natural History), as archaeologist on various Panamanian government projects and as archaeology professor at the National and Catholic universities. During the last ten years he directed excavations at a large pre-Columbian settlement on the central Pacific coast of Panama (Cerro Juan Diaz) in conjunction with Panama's Institute of Culture. In 2002 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for analyzing the cultural and biological materials obtained on this project. Cooke's major research interests focused on the history of fishing in tropical waters; the archaeology and palaeoecology of the Central American land bridge; and archaeozoology.

Olga Francesca Linares (1936- ) was born in Panama and received the B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College in 1958 and the Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 1964. She was an instructor of anthropology at Harvard University in 1964 and a lecturer of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1966 to 1971. She was a STRI researcher from 1973 to 1978 and her work focused on a long-term study of the causes and consequences of major changes in the diverse rice-growing economies of the Jola, a rural population of farmers living in the Lower Casamance region of southern Senegal, West Africa. She also studied the multiple functions that kitchen or home gardens play in the household economy of rural and urban peoples. Linares also was a visiting associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin in 1974 and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford University in California, from 1979-1980 and as a visiting professor in 1982. Later she was a fellow at St. John's overseas at Cambridge University in England from 1986-1987. Linares retired from STRI in 2008 as senior research scientist and was appointed scientist emerita.

Elena Guardia Lombardo (1946- ) grew up in Panama and then attended Sacred Heart College in Belmont, North Carolina, and Strayer Business School in Washington, D.C. She came to STRI in 1969, where she played various key administrative roles, with the objective of advancing and facilitating research and STRI's mission. She received the Smithsonian's "Robert Brooks Award" in 1991 in recognition of Excellence in Administration and since 1999 was a member of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Executive Education alumni. Her duties included leading negotiations with the Panamanian government before and after transition of the Panama Canal, participating in national and international meetings and events on behalf of STRI, and promoting institutional initiatives throughout Latin America. She represented STRI on the Board of Directors of Fundacion NATURA, and at the Special Zone Management Committee for the recently declared Coiba Island National Park. She was a Board member of the Metropolitan Natural Park until 2006. Elena represented STRI on the Board of Directors of the Wetlands Regional Office, an IUCN Ramsar Convention program, headquartered at the City of Knowledge and was a founding member of the local NGO CIAM, an advocacy and privately funded group that supports activities and carries on research for determining legal actions directed towards accountability of official government decision makers actions, as they relate to their supporting national policies towards conservation of the biodiversity and the environment.

Gloria Maggiori (1941- ) grew up in Colon, Panama, and attended Balboa High School in Panama City. After graduation, she married and started a family. However, in 1961, Adela Gomez, STRI administrative assistant and family friend, asked Maggiori to fill in for a staff member on vacation. She did this regularly for several years until she joined the staff in 1971 as transportation clerk. She advanced to Manager of Visitor Services and handled all STRI travel and visitor services for the many visiting scientists until her retirement in 2006.

Roberta Wolff Rubinoff (1939- ) received the B.A. in biology from Queens College in 1959 and the M.S. in environmental studies from Duke University. In 1962, she joined her future husband, Ira Rubinoff, to Panama where he was conducting his dissertation research on the fishes of Panama. In 1965 they returned to STRI in Panama where they were both appointed biologists. In 1979, she took a sabbatical leave and left Panama. In 1980, she was appointed Assistant Director and in 1986 she advanced to Director, Office of Fellowships and Grants at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., until her retirement in 2001.
Rights:
Restricted. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Tropical biology  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
Entomology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Compact discs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9624, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9624
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9624

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Strategic Plan 2008-2013

Author:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Policy and Analysis  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2008
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_145106

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Oral History Collection 1990

Creator:
Rand, A. Stanley (Austin Stanley) 1932-  Search this
Bock, Brian C  Search this
Rand, Patricia  Search this
Smythe, Nicholas D  Search this
Smythe, Tanis  Search this
Henson, Pamela M  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Barro Colorado Island  Search this
Barro Colorado Island Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Canal Zone Biological Area  Search this
United States Canal Zone Biological Area, Barro Colorado Island  Search this
Physical description:
1 audiotape (Reference copy)
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1990
Topic:
Tropical biology  Search this
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU009580
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217748

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute website, crawled January 14, 2016

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Container:
Electronic Records
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-045, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Website Records
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa17-045-refidd1e184

Catalina Pimiento, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, crawled April 5, 2016

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Container:
Electronic Records
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-200, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa17-200-refidd1e472

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, crawled June 24, 2015

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Container:
Electronic Records
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-163, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa17-163-refidd1e1040

CollinLabPanama, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, crawled May 26, 2015

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Container:
Electronic Records
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-163, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa17-163-refidd1e807

Glass Frog at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Creator:
Hansen, Carl C  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
1987
March 1987
Topic:
Glass frogs (Amphibians)  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [89-11008]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_375043

Glass Frog at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Creator:
Hansen, Carl C  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
1987
March 1987
Topic:
Glass frogs (Amphibians)  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [89-11014]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_375044

Glass Frog at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Creator:
Hansen, Carl C  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
1987
March 1987
Topic:
Glass frogs (Amphibians)  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [89-11005]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_395867

Glass Frog at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Creator:
Hansen, Carl C  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Printing and Photographic Services  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Physical description:
Color slides; 35mm;
Type:
Color transparencies
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
1987
March 1987
Topic:
Glass frogs (Amphibians)  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [89-11006]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_395868

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