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Invasive Investigator: Smithsonian Scientist Jefferson Hall

Wide shot of green grassland on hills with a tree on the left and in the distance in Panama that contain invasive plants.
Invasive plant species are threatening native species across the globe. Learn how scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center in Panama are trying to fight one species of grass in Panama...

Ecosystems on the Edge: A Crab-Castrating Barnacle

The palms of two hands held close together holding a group of about 15 to 20 dark brown mud crabs.
An invasive parasite known as Loxothylacus panopaei survives by hijacking the reproductive system of a mud crab, forcing it to produce parasite larvae. If the crab happens to be male, it will still...

Ocean Portal- Lionfish on the Loose

A red Lionfish with white stripes swimming in Atlantic Ocean waters around some pink and green coral.
The majestic and highly predatory red lionfish (Pterois volitans), native to the Indo-Pacific, is invading Atlantic waters. The lionfish is a popular home aquarium species, and some were most likely...

Parasite P.I.: Smithsonian Scientist Mark Torchin

A large ship loaded with stacked shipping containers sails past a small hill while in the waters of the Panama Canal.
Mark Torchin, a marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, talks about how he studies the parasites of invasive marine animals such as snails. Living and...
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