Today the two week course in Western Indian Ocean (WIO) mangroves started! We have had some fascinating talks already about mangrove distribution and services, threats to mangroves and then the general biology, ecology and phenology of mangroves. Somebody mentioned evolution of mangrove trees… I’m excited to read up on this later because there are visible patterns in old and new world mangroves. Old world mangroves have more species diversity compared to more specific and ‘naturally selected’ new world mangrove which are fewer in species diversity and exhibit longevity and resilience.
This is where the lectures take place: