For almost thirty years, Steve has overseen STRI’s long-term physical monitoring program. His research currently includes climate monitoring at all of STRI principal research stations located throughout Panama, as well as oceanographic monitoring at numerous locations in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The data collected by this project are used to support the research of STRI’s scientific mission.
In addition, Steve has helped lead projects designed to document Panama’s diverse biodiversity, particularly within Panama’s extensive mangroves. Following the 2015/16 mangrove die-backs in the Bay of Panama, one of the largest ever recorded in Panama, has help lead research to try to determine the probable causes and consequences of this event, as well as to collect base-line monitoring data of Panama’s coastal ecosystems that can be used to detect and understand potential climate change related impacts in the future.
What is his role in CORESCAM?
He leads projects designed to document Panama’s biological diversity, particularly within the country’s extensive mangroves. Following the 2015/16 mangrove dieback in Panama Bay, one of the largest ever recorded in Panama, he has helped lead the investigation to try to determine the probable causes and consequences of this event, as well as collect the baseline monitoring, data from the coastal ecosystems of Panama that can be used to detect and understand potential impacts related to climate change in the future.
Get to know his projects and publications
Coastal Biodiversity Resilience to Increasing Hurricanes and Drought Events in Central America Implications for Regional Conservation and Policy Making awarded by Spanish National Research Council (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Collaborative Research: Lightning as an Agent of Tropical Tree Mortality awarded by University of Louisville
Internship for a Photographic Digitization of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute awarded by Senacyt
RCN: Tropical Forests in a Changing World awarded by Duke University
- Lightning is a major cause of large tree mortality in a lowland Neotropical forest. New Phytologist. 225:1936-1944. 2020
- Soil Drying in a Tropical Forest: Three Distinct Environments Controlled by Gap Size. Ecological Modelling. 216:369-384. 2008
- Flowering and fruiting phenologies of seasonal and aseasonal neotropical forests: the role of annual changes in irradiance. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 23:231-251.. 2007