Appendix D
Examples of Long-Term Projects and Datasets at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

RESEARCH AND MONITORING

Marine Biology

  • Monitoring population of sea urchins – 15 years

  • Quantifying larval settlement by coral-reef fishes at monthly intervals – 20 years

Terrestrial Plant Biology

  • Quantifying flower and seed production of 625 species of trees, shrubs, and lianas at weekly intervals – 16 years

  • Monitoring 62,000 trees near Manaus, Brazil, to study the dynamics of forest fragments – 23 years

  • Conducting fully factorial, experimental augmentation of soil fertility (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) - since 1997

  • Conducting integrated series of experimental manipulations of atmospheric CO2 concentration - since 1990

Terrestrial Invertebrate Biology

  • Monitoring population fluctuations of euglossine bee population – 23 years

  • Monitoring population fluctuations of over 700 species of true bugs, native bees, and the invasive African bee – 18 years

  • Studying life-histories of over 1170 insect species – 26 years



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Appendix D Examples of Long-Term Projects and Datasets at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute RESEARCH AND MONITORING Marine Biology Monitoring population of sea urchins – 15 years Quantifying larval settlement by coral-reef fishes at monthly intervals – 20 years Terrestrial Plant Biology Quantifying flower and seed production of 625 species of trees, shrubs, and lianas at weekly intervals – 16 years Monitoring 62,000 trees near Manaus, Brazil, to study the dynamics of forest fragments – 23 years Conducting fully factorial, experimental augmentation of soil fertility (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) - since 1997 Conducting integrated series of experimental manipulations of atmospheric CO2 concentration - since 1990 Terrestrial Invertebrate Biology Monitoring population fluctuations of euglossine bee population – 23 years Monitoring population fluctuations of over 700 species of true bugs, native bees, and the invasive African bee – 18 years Studying life-histories of over 1170 insect species – 26 years

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Terrestrial Vertebrate Biology Monitoring population dynamics of 133 avian species – 23 years Monitoring lizard population dynamics – 31 years Monitoring population fluctuations of mammal species with transect counts – 21 years Monitoring 3000 rice-paddy fields in Senegal – 38 years COLLECTIONS AND RECORDS Over 50,000 marine fossils Over 300,000 recent mollusks from both coasts of Central America, with precise geographic, sediment, taxonomic, and biologic information Extensive data on carbon isotope ratios in tropical forest plants, particularly bromeliads and other epiphytes Record of rainfall and temperature on Barro Colorado Island – 80 years Record from a class A weather station, soil moisture content, and stream flow from Barro Colorado Island – 31 years Record from a class A weather station, salinity, and sea level from Galeta Point Record of water quality in Bay of Panama – 20 years