The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) provides a platform for discovery with over a century of expertise at the frontiers of science. Here, on the isthmus of Panama, scientists from around the world undertake studies of tropical biodiversity, spanning from microbes to megafauna to entire ecosystems.
Located in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, STRI is an ideal place to combine lab and field studies to advance understanding of complex neurological and social systems. The institute leverages 100+ years of behavioral research that includes the longest-running monitoring program of any vertebrate, and long-term behavioral studies of monkeys, ants, bees, bats, frogs and other species.
STRI leads research on animals and communities in their natural environments to provide a comparative perspective on the evolution of social behavior across a wide range of species, examining species-specific adaptations, including those that enable members of those species to cooperate, form consensus, and live in a social group.
In 2024, STRI partnered with the NOMIS Foundation to create the NOMIS–STRI Fellowship Program.