Dry season on Barro Colorodo Island brings sun and low humidity to the plants, animals and researchers that dwell on this scientific nature reserve in the middle of the Panama Canal.Just the right conditions for scientists Jackie and Greg Willis to take their their annual 62-mile walk to count the ...
April 30, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
In a Maryland forest, bankers trade in their suits and ties to study the environment with Smithsonian scientists
April 2009 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
An American ecologist travels through the Bolivian forest to answer burning questions about the spice
April 2009 | By Brendan Borrell
A select group of adventurers climb the world’s tallest trees to learn more about the wildlife that lives on the highest branches
March 31, 2009 | By Peter Beland
Smithsonian naturalist Brian Schmidt gave a new species of African bird an interesting scientific name
March 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
Blennies aren't the prettiest of nature's creatures. About as long as a roll of quarters, with big eyes and a gaping mouth, the fish are loved by scientists for their ecology more than their beauty. With over 800 species across the oceans, they are one of the world's most diverse fish families. By ...
January 27, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
An battle between environmentalists and loggers left much of the owl's habitat protected. Now the spotted owl faces a new threat
January 2009 | By Craig Welch
For a while after scientists (and Al Gore!) first started talking about global warming, it seemed like biofuels might be the magic solution to our energy needs.Made from corn, sugarcane, palm oil, soybeans and various other organic matter, biofuels burn "clean," which means that they don't contribu...
December 11, 2008 | By Anika Gupta
A correspondent who chronicled their lives in central African rain forests returns a decade later and is shocked by what he finds
December 2008 | By Paul Raffaele
The seaweed may usually look greener on somebody else’s plate, but I’m unconvinced that 3-D movies are going to be better than 2-D, at least not anytime soon. Putting my technologically conservative notions to the test, I was invited to attend a screening of the new IMAX film Deep Sea 3-D.On enteri...
September 24, 2008 | By Jesse Rhodes
With an ecosystem under siege, every moment in this wild wonderland is one to savor
January 2008 | By Sarah Zielinski
In December 1982, Benjamin Victor, founder of the coral reef research initiative Ocean Science Foundation, was diving in a reef just offshore of a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station when he scooped up an adult goby. The fish looked slightly different from its Atlantic goby kin,...
September 07, 2007 | By Megan Gambino
In the Amazon, researchers documenting the ways of native peoples join forces with an embattled chief to stop illegal loggers and developers from destroying the earth's most precious wilderness
March 2007 | By Joshua Hammer