Photo: Vince Smith, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama is dedicated to understanding and studying the unique biodiversity of the tropics. STRI’s history began with the construction of the Panama Canal and the interest in surveying the flora and fauna of the area for the purpose of controlling insect diseases such as yellow fever and malaria. After the Canal began operating, entomologists and biologists involved in these studies establish a permanent biological reserve on Barro Colorado Island which is located in the Gatun Lake. Today, STRI is one of the leading research institutions in the world. Every year over 900 scientist from academic and research institutions from all over the world visit the STRI facilities to conduct scientific research and studies.
Ecocircuitos had the opportunity to interview one of the prominent entomologist in the world who has his base in Panama City. Doctor Yves Basset talked with EcoCircuitos Panama team about his work with the tropical ecosystems and the importance of tourism and conservation to protect the tropical environment.
EcoCircuitos promotes conservation and education through the tourism industry.