About

Digital Naturalism Laboratories (dinalab) is a new jungle prototyping studio. We have a 235m2 facility located in the Soberania Rain Forest in Panama. Our goals are to:

  • Help field biologists build their own experimental tools
  • Help designers explore new interactions with nature
  • Discover new ways of experiencing the natural world

We are also keen on documentation and open-source dissemination of all knowledge in a variety of media! So whether you are a scientist, artist, designer, hacker, or anyone excited to explore nature and technology you will find something interesting at DINALAB.

Kitty and Andy just started setting it up in February 2019, and it will only get more and more awesome! Stay tuned for more updates about current guest residency opportunities, The Digital Naturalism Conference, and how you can get involved!

Blog

Butterfly Pullinator

One morning we helped out the butterfly lab whip up a quick working instrument to help measure the pull strength of heliconius butterfly legs (for WAYYYY cheaper than scientific devices you can buy)! The Pullinator is a device used to determine a butterfly’s strength by measuring how much weight they can pull. Our PhD student, …

Solar Powered Sound Streamer – Marc Juul

During his past couple trips at Dinalab, Marc Juul has been working on a device to stream high-quality, 360 degree audio from the middle of the rainforest to anywhere on earth (with internet). His latest incarnation is even more robust and self-contained (and features upcycled plastic inserts!)!