Biodiversity At Our Fingertips

Caroline Hobbs Skidmore College Environmental Studies Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama Our first month here in the Bocas del Toro archipelago has been a whirlwind of snorkel trips, nighttime bug catching, and excursions to various islands. It has been fascinating to be immersed in a culture so different from my own. Last Saturday we presented [...]

Sustainable Marketplaces

Julie Robinson, Ph.D. Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy & Socioeconomic Values Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama This week it was back to Panamá’s mainland to reconnect with Finca 51, home to a remarkable women’s artisanal cooperative that we were first introduced to last spring. As part of the Environmental Policy Directed Research project on community-based [...]

Learning

Sarah King Vassar College Environmental Studies Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama First, I missed my flight. The doors were shut and they would not let me on board. I had sprinted across the Houston airport to no avail, only to be told my efforts were pointless simply because of a technicality of someone being too [...]

The Bocas Miracle

Claire Rosemond Program Intern SFS Alum, TCI Spring ’13 Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama We, students and staff, have been a complete SFS family now for two weeks. As one of the interns, I was responsible for helping with the students’ transition from home life to center life. We thought we would start the first [...]

Bosque Viviente: Living Jungle

Leonor Ceballos, Ph.D. candidate Resident Lecturer in Natural Resource Management Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama The Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies (TIBS) Principles of Resource Management course started with a nature walk through the grounds of Isla Solarte’s tropical rainforest. Almost a week after our course introduction lecture, it was about time to go out and [...]

Excitement and Curiosity

Name: Cinda Scott, Ph.D. Position: Center Director Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama The Fall 2014 Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies (TIBS) cohort arrived in Panama City filled with excitement and curiosity. We quickly made our way from the hustle and bustle of the city to the lush jungles of Gamboa to begin our orientation. On [...]

Final Impressions of SFS Panama

Name: Meredith Bower School: University of Maryland, College Park Major: Environmental Science and Policy Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies,  Panama What did you like most about the SFS experience? I realized just yesterday that nothing will ever compare to the feeling of riding on a boat between islands, staring at the rainforests and beaches in [...]

Goodbye to Isla Solarte

Name: John Williams, Ph.D. Position: Resident Lecturer in Principles of Natural Resources Management Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama As the students packed up their bags and get ready to leave the SFS Center for Panama City, there was a swirl of emotions, from sighs of relief of having made it through a semester chock-full [...]

Finals, Tamales, and Polo Beach

Name: Eila Miller School: Franklin & Marshall College Major: Environmental Science Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama We have been talking a lot about our new “normal” here at Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies (“TIBS”).  It is amazing how quickly one can adapt to a new environment and feel so comfortable in [...]

Gentle Giants

Name: Annemarie Kramer, Dr. rer. nat. Position: Resident Lecturer in Tropical Coastal Ecology Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama Our field trip this weekend was certainly one of the highlights this semester. We took a boat from our center in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago to mainland Panama to explore our surroundings more [...]

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