Brianna's Journey to Panama

Current Location

Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Join me on my journey to Panama, where I will be tracking animals that live on the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution's island in the middle of the Panama Canal. 


This was our most productive week in the field yet! Our goal every week is to download data from each of the 26 animals we are tracking, and this was the first week that we managed to get them all.


Barro Colorado Island might be a small island, but there's no way you can see it all in a day, let alone a week! Even after nearly two months, I am still finding new things every day.

Field Notes

Nature thrives in the tropics. There's plenty of rain and sunshine to keep plants growing, which keeps animals fed. How do big cities like Panam√° develop among the forests?


Researchers don't usually get to spend all of their time in their field study sites, so we have lots of work to do when we're on Barro Colorado Island. Take a look at some of my tasks for this week!