Carlos Jaramillo

4th meeting of the
Network for Neotropical Biogeography

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
January 15–16, 2015
Workshops/fieldtrips Jan. 14 & 17


Welcome to the 4th meeting of the Network for Neotropical Biogeography


The Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea millions of years ago, joining two continents and producing one of the largest vicariance events in Earth’s history: the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI). At that time, marine populations were separated while terrestrial plants and animals underwent massive migrations between North and South America, dramatically changing the Earth. The rise of the isthmus also impacted atmospheric and oceanic circulation, including substantial changes in Atlantic and Caribbean salinity.

There is no better place to have a symposium on Neotropical Biogeography!

Please note the following recommendations:

Arriving in Panamá

At the Tocumen International airport, taxi and shuttle service can be located outside the baggage claim area. Taxi rates range from $25-30 USD and shuttle rates range from $15-20, per person.

Meeting venue:

The meeting will be held at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), auditorium of the Earl S. Tupper Conference Center.

The address is Ancon, Luis Felipe Clement Avenue, Tupper building 401. For more information about physical address please access the map link.


There are two types of registration fees, regular and late/onsite fees. Regular registration is open until December 10, 2014. Registration fees after December 10, 2014, and Onsite registration are higher. If you wish to pay on arrival, you will be issued an invoice, which must be pay at the STRI Cashier Office during business hours, a complicated and time-consuming process, therefore, we advise to pay in advance.


Workshops are open to all registered participants. Admittance to each workshop session will be limited to 20 people. Please bring your own computer.


Free Wi-Fi connection will be available.

Inaugural cocktail:

It will be held at the meeting venue (STRI Tupper CONFERENCE HALL), Wednesday, January 14, 6pm to 8pm.

Meeting Format:

The meeting will consist of a single session at the Tupper auditorium.


We have plenty of room for posters. Please make sure you have submitted your poster abstract so we can include it in the Abstracts volume. All posters should fit in a 44 x 40 in. space (landscape orientation). Suggested poster size is 1.117 x 1.016 m or 44 x 40 in.

Field Trips:

These will have extra cost, and although we will give priority to preregistered individuals in order of registration, we cannot confirm until you have paid. For more information, please contact the organizer of each individual field trip.

Getting around:

Panamá is a wonderful city, with many things to see and enjoy. Do keep in mind that like any big city, there are unscrupulous individuals about. Check out the Panamá page for more information.


Panama has a tropical climate. Temperatures are relatively high and vary little throughout the year. The temperatures are usually lower on the Pacific coast than on the Caribbean coast.

Panama City: Temperatures range from 24° C (75.2° F) to 35° C (95° F).

Weather update: sunny, breeze and hot!!!!

Organising committee:

Liliana Londoño

Carlos Jaramillo


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