Research Links

Tropical Biology

Association for Tropical Biology
Founded in 1963 to promote research and to foster the exchange of ideas among biologists working in tropical environments. Publisher of Biotropica and Tropinet.

Catalog of Vascular Plant Species of Eastern Brazil
From the New York Botanical Garden, this new database will contain information from all specimens (ca. 110,000) of vascular plant species collected in Eastern Brazil and housed in The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium.

El Edén Ecological Reserve
Located in the northeast portion of the Yucutan Peninsula in Mexico, this reserve is the first privately owned protected area dedicated to research in biological conservation.

Fairchild Tropical Garden
Located near Miami, this 83-acre garden was established in 1938. They have extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. International leaders in tropical plant research. Be sure to check out the "Botanical Resource Center" with its Virtual Herbarium.

International Center for Tropical Ecology, University of Missouri
This center was established to promote research and graduate education in tropical biology and systematics, and in tropical conservation and sustainable development.

National Tropical Botanical Garden
Located in Hawaii, this garden is dedicated to the conservation of tropical plant diversity, particularly rare and endangered species. Publishers of "Plant Talk", this site is well-designed and fun to surf.

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens - Tropical America: Botany and Conservation at Kew
Kew's research projects in Latin America have generated large quantities of published and electronic information resources including databases, books and scientific articles.

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
This non-profit consortium of 64 groups was formed to provide leadership in education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. Also contains information about their three field stations (La Selva, Palo Verde, and Las Cruces). In English and Spanish.

The Pachamama Alliance
The mission of this alliance is to preserve the Earth's tropical rainforests by empowering the indigenous people who are its natural custodians. Nice design, easy navigation and a good selection of links.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
This site, in English and Spanish, contains information about the work that STRI does in Panama. Be sure to check out the Educational links.