This collection of 13 articles expands our knowledge of the historical and modern-day processes that have shaped tropical american seas. The articles deal with a wide range of topics and are brought together to stimulate collaborative research that breaks down the barriers among disciplines
and time scales. Papers in this collection confront the recent challenge to the established age of the formation of the isthmus of Panama, provide new methods that reveal marine paleoenvironments in the region, assess ecological and evolutionary events over deep time, and evaluate the pre-columbian
to modern-day influences of humans on caribbean coasts of lower central america.
The Bulletin of Marine Science is dedicated to the dissemination of high quality research from the world's oceans. All aspects of marine science are treated by the Bulletin of Marine Science, including papers in marine biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, marine affairs, applied marine physics, marine geology and geophysics, marine and atmospheric chemistry, and meteorology and physical oceanography.