How Will Warming Affect Tropical Forests?

stri.si.edu/sites/strinews
APR 2, 2015
“This new modeling effort is an amazing
opportunity for us to connect 30-plus
years of data about tree biodiversity,
growth and survival in the tropics with
expertise in long-term modeling,” said
Stuart Davies, who directs the Center for
Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global
Earth Observatory Network at the
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
“Este nuevo esfuerzo de modelo es una
grandiosa oportunidad para conectar más de 30 años de datos sobre la
biodiversidad de árboles, el crecimiento
y la supervivencia en los trópicos con
la experiencia en el modelaje a largo
plazo”, comentó Stuart Davies, que dirige el Centro de Ciencias Forestales del
Trópico-Red Observatorios Globales del
Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones
Tropicales”.
How Will Warming
Affect Tropical Forests?
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Utah State University
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The ACGT’s of social behavior: what
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eusociality evolves
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Sabrina Amador
STRI
Tupper Auditorium
Brain and behavioral correlates
of colony size in ants lacking
morphological castes
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Andrea Kern
University of São Paulo
CTPA
High resolution paleoenvironmental
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STRI’s Academic Dean, Owen McMillan welcomed the scientific community to the Bi-Annual Fellows Symposium, featuring 19 research talks by our current group of fellows, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. Wouter Halfwerk took the
$1000 Jackson-Knowlton Prize for the best research paper by a a fellow, presented by last year’s recipient, Brian Sedio
[pictured: Director, Matthew Larsen, Jeremy Jackson, Wouter Halfwerk, Brian Sedio, Nancy Knowlton]. STRI Archaeologists Dolores Piperno and Richard Cooke ended the day by remembering emeritus staff scientist Olga Linares (1936-2014).
A research symposium will be held in her honor in 2016.
El Decano Académico del Smithsonian en Panamá, Owen McMillan dio la bienvenida a la comunidad científica al Segundo
Simposio Anual de Becarios, con 19 charlas de investigación presentadas por nuestro grupo actual de becarios, becarios
de pre doctorado y de post doctorado. Wouter Halfwerk se llevó el galardón Jackson-Knowlton de $1,000 por el mejor
trabajo de investigación hecho por un becario, el cual gue entregado por el destinatario del año pasado, Brian Sedio [en la
imagen: el Director, Matthew Larsen, Jeremy Jackson, Wouter Halfwerk, Brian Sedio y Nancy Knowlton]. Los arqueólogos
del Smithsonian Dolores Piperno y Richard Cooke terminaron la jornada recordando a la científica emérita Olga Linares
(1936-2014). En el 2016 se llevará a cabo un simposio de investigación en su honor.
Once a year we try to take a group photo of our globetrotting staff scientists / Una vez al año tratamos de tomar una foto
de grupo de nuestros científicos trotamundos: Helene Muller-Landau, Richard Cooke, Harilaos Lessios, Stuart Davies,
Dolores Piperno, Mireya Correa, Nancy Knowlton, Jeremy Jackson, Norris Salazar, Rachel Collin, John Kress (interim
SI Under Secretary for Science), Rachel Page, William Eberhard, Don Windsor, John Christy, Ira Rubinoff, Annette Aiello,
Matthew Larsen (STRI Director), Robert Stallard, Andrew Altieri, Klaus Winter, D. Ross Robertson, Mark Torchin, Jefferson Hall, Mary-Jane West Eberhard, William Wcislo, Allen Herre, Ben Turner, Owen McMillan, Richard Condit.
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FELLOWSHIPS MEETING AND SYMPOSIUM
2015
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The 2015 Three-Year Tupper Fellowship (STRI Funds):
Juan Carlos Villarreal
Title: Genomic scale study of symbiosis between plants
and nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria
Main advisor: Noris Salazar, Co-Advisors: Owen McMillan
and Allen Herre
La Beca Tupper 2015 de tres años (Fondos del Smithsonian en Panamá):
Juan Carlos Villarreal
Título: Genomic scale study of symbiosis between plants
and nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria
Asesor principal: Noris Salazar,
Co-Asesores: Owen McMillan y Allen Herre
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Inga Geipel (24 months)
Title: How do bats perceive prey in rain?
Raindrops as echo obstacles and masking noise
Main Advisor: Rachel Page.
Co-Advisors: John Christy and Egbert Leigh
Matthieu Leray (24 months)
Title: The Scaling of Diversity in key marine ecosystems of
the Bocas del Toro Lagoon
Main Advisor: Nancy Knowlton,
Co-Advisor: Owen McMillan and Andrew Altieri
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Anne Armstrong
Title: The evolution of major developmental transitions:
linking egg size, gene expression, and developmental
mode in Leodia sexiesperforata
Main Advisor: Haris Lessios,
Co-Advisors: Rachel Collin and John Christy
Peter Marting
Title: Causes of a collective behavioral syndrome in Azteca
ants and its effect on their Cecropia hosts
Main Advisor: William Wcislo
Co-Advisors: David Roubik and John Christy
NEXT FELLOWSHIP MEETING
The 2016 Annual Fellowship Meeting will be on Wednesday,
February 17 and the Fellows’ Symposium on Friday, February 19. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
PROGRAMA DE BECAS DEL SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION:
CATEGORÍA: Beca de Post doctorado
Inga Geipel (24 meses)
Título: How do bats perceive prey in rain? Raindrops as
echo obstacles and masking noise
Asesor principal: Rachel Page.
Co-Asesores: John Christy y Egbert Leigh
Matthieu Leray (24 meses)
Título: The Scaling of Diversity in key marine ecosystems
of the Bocas Del Toro Lagoon
Asesor principal: Nancy Knowlton,
Co-Asesores: Owen McMillan y Andrew Altieri
CATEGORÍA: BECA DE PRE DOCTORADO
Anne Armstrong
Título: The evolution of major developmental transitions:
linking egg size, gene expression, and developmental
mode in Leodia sexiesperforata
Asesor principal: Haris Lessios,
Co-Asesores: Rachel Collin y John Christy
Peter Marting
Título: Causes of a collective behavioral syndrome in
Azteca ants and its effect on their Cecropia hosts
Asesor principal: William Wcislo
Co-Asesores: David Roubik y John Christy
PRÓXIMO SIMPOSIO DE BECARIOS
La Reunión Anual de Becarios del 2016 se llevará a cabo el
miércoles 17 de febrero y el Simposio de Becarios será el
viernes 19 de febrero; marquen sus calendarios.
ARRIVALS
DEPARTURES
Margaret Crofoot
Katherine Glodoski and Jennifer Engel
Demography and Intergroup Relationships
in Cebus capucinus
Barro Colorado Island
Anne Arnold
University of California – Davis
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Adriel Sierra
Universidad de Panamá
Viterbo University
Do Lianas Cause Chronic Disturbance
and Alter Successional Trajectories in
Tropical Forests?
Barro Colorado Island
What are the consequences of shared
enemies for the community structure of a
tropical forest?
Cindy Meagher and James Meagher
Simon Fraser University
Environmental Education Community
Outreach
Galeta Station
Andrew Altieri
To Bocas Del Toro
To monitor and establish
MarineGEO work at field
sites in Bocas del Toro
Rachel Collin
To Bocas Del Toro
To oversee administration at
the Research Station and for
MarineGeo
Sean Mattson
To Bocas Del Toro
To cover MarineGeo
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Huber, B., Whibley A., Poul Y. L.,
Navarro N., Martin A., Baxter S.,
Shah A., et al. “Conservatism and
Novelty in the Genetic Architecture
of Adaptation in Heliconius
Butterflies.” Heredity, March 25,
2015. doi:10.1038/hdy.2015.22
Oliveira, K. N., Coley P. D., Kursar
T. A., Kaminski L. A., Moreira M.
Z., and Campos R. I. “The Effect
of Symbiotic Ant Colonies on
Plant Growth: A Test Using an
Azteca-Cecropia System.” PLOS
ONE 10, no. 3 (2015): e0120351.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120351.
Rodgers, T. W., Giacalone J.,
Heske E. J., Janečka J. E., Jansen P.
A., Phillips V, and Schooley R. L.
“Socio-Spatial Organization and
Kin Structure in Ocelots from
Integration of Camera Trapping
and Noninvasive Genetics.” Journal
of Mammalogy 96, no. 1 (February
1, 2015): 120–28. doi:10.1093/
jmammal/gyu012.
Visser, M. D., McMahon S. M.,
Merow C., Dixon P. M., Record
S., and Jongejans E. “Speeding
Up Ecological and Evolutionary
Computations in R; Essentials of
High Performance Computing for
Biologists.” PLOS Computational
Biology 11, no. 3 (March 2015):
e1004140. doi:10.1371/journal.
pcbi.1004140.
INTERN PAPER IN BIOTROPICA
Congratulations to STRI interns Becca Tarvin & Catalina Silva
who’s project with advisor, Karen Warkentin from Boston
University, made the cover of Biotropica.
ARTÍCULO ESCRITO POR PASANTE EN BIOTROPICA
Felicitaciones a las pasantes del Smithsonian en Panamá Becca
Tarvin y Catalina Silva quienes junto a su mentora Karen
Warkentin de la Universidad de Boston, salieron en la portada
de la revista Biotropica.
Tarvin, RD, CS Bermúdez, VS Briggs, and KM Warkentin. 2015.
Carry-over effects of size at metamorphosis in red-eyed treefrogs:
higher survival but slower growth of larger metamorphs. Biotropica
47:218-226. pdflink
Brain and behavioral correlates of colony size
in ants lacking morphological castes
Sabrina Amador
STRI
TUESDAY, APRIL
7
2015
4PM
Tupper auditorium
Colony size has been proposed to increase task-specialization among
workers in social animals (Task-specialization hypothesis), but life in
groups could also impose higher cognitive skills (Social brain
hypothesis), which in turn affect allocation of neural tissue to different
brain regions. The social brain hypothesis predicts that integration
centers in the brain should get larger with colony size, while the taskspecialization hypothesis predicts an increase in the relative size only
of regions relevant to the performed tasks. I will present a study
addressing whether colony size affected task-specialization and brain
anatomy of acacia ant workers. Acacia ants lack morphological castes
and the division of labor relies only on behavioral differentiation,
which allows studying brain anatomy correlates of colony size without
the confounding variable of body morphology. We found taskspecialization to increase with colony size, which in turn was
correlated with task-dependent volume changes of different brain
neuropiles. In societies with monomorphic workers, brain
polymorphism enhanced by group size could be a mechanism by
which division of labor is achieved.
For further information call: 212-8076 or email: arroyoa@si.edu