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Neal Griffith Smith Papers

Creator::
Smith, Neal Griffith, 1937-  Search this
Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Manuscripts
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Color negatives
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Place:
Southampton Island (Nunavut)
White Island (Nunavut)
Baffin Island (Nunavut)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Panama
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Date:
circa 1925-1995
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the research materials of Neal Griffith Smith (1937-2012), an ornithologist and tropical biologist who received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1963 and then spent his entire career working for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Particularly well documented is Smith's graduate research on Arctic birds on White, Southampton, and Baffin Islands in the Northwest Territories (now known as Nunavut). Other research topics include urania (Uraniidae) hawks, vultures, and peripatus (Onychophora). Much of his research was performed on Barro Colorado Island and other areas of Panama. This accession also includes research materials and other documents that had originally been maintained by James Zetek, an entomologist and the first resident director of the Canal Zone Biological Area (also known as the Barro Colorado Nature Monument), and later maintained by Smith. Materials include field notes, journals, photographs, audiovisual materials, observation sheets, species lists, notes, correspondence, reference materials, and related materials.
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Entomology  Search this
Biology -- Tropics  Search this
Ornithologists  Search this
Entomologists  Search this
Biologists  Search this
Research  Search this
Birds -- Arctic regions  Search this
Uraniidae  Search this
Hawks  Search this
Vultures  Search this
Onychophora  Search this
Fieldwork  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Manuscripts
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Color negatives
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-057, Neal Griffith Smith Papers
Identifier:
Accession 17-057
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Neal Griffith Smith Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa17-057

Gilberto Ocana Oral History Interview

Creator::
Ocana, Gilberto, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Place:
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Panama
Date:
1989
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.

Ocana was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection because of his research career in agronomy in Panama, as a professor at the University of Panama and researcher and administrator at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.
Descriptive Entry:
This interview of Ocana by Pamela M. Henson of Smithsonian Institution Archives discusses his family, education, work as an agronomist and professor in Panama, and career at STRI, especially his agriforestry project. The collection consists of 2.5 hours of audiotape recordings and 34 pages of transcript. For a videotaped interview of Ocana at the site of the agriforestry project on Gigante Peninsula, see Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9553, Conservation of Endangered Species Videohistory Interviews.
Historical Note:
Gilberto Ocana (1931-2004), agronomist specializing in tropical flora, received the B.S. from the Ecole Nationale d'Agriculture in Alger, Algeria, in 1955. From 1955 to 1960, he served on the staff of the Servicio Interamericano de Cooperacion Agricola en Panama and taught at the Agricultural School of the University of Panama from 1961 to 1963. In 1967, he received the Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of California at Riverside. He then returned to the University of Panama, serving as Dean as well as Professor of Agronomy. In 1980, he joined the staff of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) as manager of the Barro Colorado Nature Monument, a nature preserve consisting of Barro Colorado Island and its surrounding peninsulas. While at STRI, he developed an experimental farm at Las Pavas on the Gigante Peninsula that would restore soils destroyed by cattle grazing and provide a comfortable income for small farmers. He retired from STRI in 1993.
Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Topic:
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Tropical biology  Search this
Agronomy  Search this
Sustainable agriculture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9576, Gilberto Ocana Oral History Interview
Identifier:
Record Unit 9576
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Gilberto Ocana Oral History Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9576

Tropical tree seedling growth responses to nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium addition

Author:
Korine, Carmi  Search this
Turner, Benjamin L.  Search this
Yavitt, Joseph B.  Search this
Wright, S. Joseph  Search this
Santiago, Louis S.  Search this
Harms, Kyle Edward  Search this
Garcia, Milton N.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2012
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_110307
Online Media:

Arboreal and Terrestrial Mammal Trapping on Gigante Peninsula, Barro Colorado Nature Monument, Panama

Author:
McClearn, Deedra  Search this
Cedeno, Elena  Search this
Carbone, Lawrence G.  Search this
Miller, Debi  Search this
Kohler, Janis  Search this
McGowan, Kevin J.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1994
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_104093

Assemblage-level responses of phyllostomid bats to tropical forest fragmentation: land-bridge islands as a model system

Author:
Meyer, C. F. J.  Search this
Kalko, Elisabeth Klara Viktoria  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2008
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_74348
Online Media:

Rainfall and Parasitic Wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) Activity in Successional Forest Stages at Barro Colorado Nature Monument, Panama, and La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica

Author:
Shapiro, B. A.  Search this
Pickering, John  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2000
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_50231

Tropical tree height and crown allometries for the Barro Colorado Nature Monument, Panama: a comparison of alternative hierarchical models incorporating interspecific variation in relation to life history traits

Author:
Wright, S. Joseph  Search this
Bohlman, Stephanie A.  Search this
Pacala, Stephen W.  Search this
Muller-Landau, Helene  Search this
Martínez Cano, Isabel  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2019
Topic:
Tropics  Search this
Biology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_150601

Curso introducción a las investigaciones biológicas de campo : memorias : Peninsula Gigante, Monumento Natural de Barro Colorado

Author:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Universidad de Panamá  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Panama
Barro Colorado Nature Monument
Date:
2004
Topic:
Biology--Fieldwork  Search this
Natural history--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
QH320.P2 C87 2004a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_989302

Annual report of the Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory in the Panama Canal Zone

Title:
Annual report 1932/33-1937/38
Author:
Barro Colorado Island Biological Station  Search this
Subject:
Barro Colorado Island Biological Station  Search this
Physical description:
16 v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Panama
Barro Colorado Island
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Date:
1925
1940
[1925-1940]
Topic:
Biological stations  Search this
Biology  Search this
Call number:
Q11 .C16r
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_308023

The View From the Castle: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, off to a shaky start 47 years ago, adds a vital dimension to ecological studies

Author:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Subject:
Truman, Harry S. 1884-1972  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
United States Congress  Search this
Physical description:
p. 64
Place:
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Panama
Date:
August 1970
Topic:
Castle View  Search this
Ecology  Search this
Environmental monitoring  Search this
Field Stations  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Rain forest ecology  Search this
Legislation  Search this
Research  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_2837

The Smithsonian Institution

Subject:
Smithson, James 1765-1829  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Arts and Industries Building  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
International Exchange Service (IES)  Search this
National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)  Search this
Division of Radiation and Organisms  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)  Search this
Hodgkins Fund and Medal  Search this
Natural History Building  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Place:
North America
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
1964
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
American History Building  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
SI Buildings  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Field Work  Search this
Field Stations  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Awards  Search this
Langley Medal  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Publisher:
Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_3538

In Memoriam: Martin Humphrey Moynihan, 1928-1996

Author:
Smith, Neal Griffith 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Mayr, Ernst  Search this
Moynihan, M  Search this
Tinbergen, Niko 1907-  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
American Museum of Natural History  Search this
Physical description:
pgs. 755-758
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Date:
July 1998
Topic:
Directors  Search this
Ornithologists  Search this
Ethologists  Search this
Biography  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_3697

Canal Zone Biological Area (Barro Colorado Island Facility of the Tropical Research Institute of the Smithsonian Institution)

Author:
United States Congress Senate  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
United States Congress Senate  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 9; Page Numbers: 1-9
Type:
Report - Congressional
Place:
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
04/28/1977
Topic:
Rain forest ecology  Search this
Amendments (Parliamentary practice)  Search this
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_4245

At Home in the Field: Smithsonian Tropical Field Stations inthe U.S. Panama Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama

Author:
Christen, Catherine A  Search this
Subject:
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Moynihan, M  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Rubinoff, Ira  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Panama Canal Treaty of 1977  Search this
Kuna General Congress  Search this
Panama Canal Act of 1979  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 39; Page numbers: 537-575
Place:
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Panama
San Blas Islands (Panama)
Date:
2002
Topic:
Rain forest ecology  Search this
Panama Canal (Panama)  Search this
Directors  Search this
Cuna Indians  Search this
Indians of South America  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_5169

CZBA Renamed STRI

Subject:
Moynihan, M  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Panama
Date:
April 18, 1966
Topic:
Name Changes  Search this
Reorganizations  Search this
Rain forest ecology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_867

Barro Colorado Island Dock

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Landscape
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Gatun Lake (Panama)
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Panama
Topic:
Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory  Search this
Panama Canal  Search this
U.S. Snook (Ship)  Search this
U.S. Zetek (Ship)  Search this
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)  Search this
Research  Search this
Boats and boating  Search this
Standard number:
90-14504
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9995

The Boat "U.S. Snook" at Its Dock, Barro Colorado Island

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Gatun Lake (Panama)
Topic:
Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory  Search this
Panama Canal  Search this
U.S. Snook (Ship)  Search this
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)  Search this
Research  Search this
Boats and boating  Search this
Standard number:
92-15286
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10332

Construction work on Barro Colorado Island

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Place:
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Panama
Date:
1939
Topic:
Construction workers  Search this
Panama Canal (Panama)  Search this
Research institutes  Search this
Laboratories  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Standard number:
92-15287
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10341

Aerial View of Barro Colorado Island

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Landscape
Place:
Panama
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Gatun Lake (Panama)
Date:
c. 1950s
Topic:
Docks  Search this
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)  Search this
Buildings  Search this
Research institutes  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Standard number:
MAH-45278 or 45278-A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_5865

Barro Colorado Island Opening Day

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: 9.5w x 7.5h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Place:
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Panama
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Date:
March 29, 1924
Topic:
Event  Search this
New Bureaus  Search this
Openings  Search this
Panama Canal (Panama)  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Women  Search this
Research institutes  Search this
Standard number:
95-20294
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9194

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