Of Mangroves and Climate Change

Galapagos study with Global ramifications

Kristen Mastropole was making her way into the center of a thicket of mangroves in the Galapagos Islands. She was wearing a long sleeve field shirt and khaki pants. It was her eighth day in the mangroves and she had the scrapes and cuts and bruises to show it. “I’ve already counted 17 bruises on my legs,” she said.

Mastropole is a University of Miami student conducting the first detailed on-the-ground study of mangroves in the Galapagos. She and the university hope her work is the beginning of a long-term project that could stretch over many years.

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