Smithsonian marine biologist Linda McCann helps Wilson Iniguez (Charles Darwin Foundation) retrieve underwater plates on San Cristobal Island in the Galápagos. Biologists found nonnative species on the Galápagos by leaving settlement plates in the water for months to see what creatures grew on them. (Credit: Kristen Larson/SERC)
Taylor, L., O’Dea, A., Bralower, T., Finnegan, S. 2019. Isotopes from fossil coronulid barnacle shells record evidence of migration in multiple Pleistocene whale populations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1808759116
A single tropical forest may be home to hundreds of different plant species, as seen in this bird’s eye view of Panama’s Soberania National Park. A new study shows that the interactions between tropical plants and the insects that eat them may be explain tropical forest diversity.
Credit: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Smithsonian soil scientist Pat Megonigal holds up a soil core in a wetland. Wetlands store carbon more efficiently than any other natural ecosystem, and a new study shows they store even more when sea level rises. (Credit: Genevieve Noyce/Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
Varieties of maize found near Cuscu and Machu Pichu at Salineras de Maras on the Inca Sacred Valley in Peru, June 2007.
Credit: Fabio de Oliveira Freitas
Credit: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
A calling male túngara frog with a large inflated vocal sac.
Photo by Marcos Guerra
Newsdesk RSS Feed