Although the extent of mangrove ecosystems is small compared to other tropical forests, their ecological role is critcal due to their position at the interface between terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Mangrove forests support adjacent marine systems, stabilize shorelines, and protect inshore areas.
We collaborate with SERC scientists Candy Feller and Cath Lovelock on projects designed to demonstrate that essential nutrients are not uniformly distributed within these systems. Soil fertility can switch from conditions of nitrogen to phosphorus limitation across narrow gradients and ecological processes (e.g. plant growth, nutrient cycling, decomposition) respond differently to these limitations.
To learn more about this research project, visit Candy's mangrove website and refer to our list of publications.