Global Distribution and Anthropogenic effects of Mangrove Forest Ecosystems #1

This topic submitted by M. Jason Broshear ( at 2:37 PM on 3/31/05.

A sobering view of a Two-toed Sloth as it makes its way along utility lines on our way to Monteverde Preserve. This is what can happen to animals faced with disappearing habitat.

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I plan to explain the causal effects of mangrove stability and instability as well as there ability to be distributed globally. Starting off with paleogeographic interpretations of mangrove origins in Southeast Asian coasts, I plan to elaborate on the ability of mangroves to become a biodiverse globally persisting ecosystem and how this process occured. Also of relevance would be the Anthropogenic perturbations that effect the ecosystem, the natural disturbances that occur, and the regeneration processes. Finally, what is there in store for conservation approaches to prevent further destruction of mangroves and their environmental goods and services provided to the globe.

A. 3 Types of Mangroves
1. Fringe
2. Riverine
3. Basin
4. Comparisons
B. Origins of Mangroves
1. Relations to coral reefs
2. Quarternary temperature effects
C. Global Distribution
1. Quarternary Environment
2. Sea-Level Change
D. Anthropogenic Disturbances
1. Road Construction
2. Upland Forest Clearing
3. Pohnpei Island Mangrove
E. Natural Disturbances
1. Hurricanes
2. Regeneration
F. Conservation
1. Best Management Practices
2. Understanding goods and services of Mangroves
G. Conclusion


Ewel et al. Different Kinds of Mangrove Forests Provide different goods and services. Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters. Vol. 7, No. 1, Biodiversity and Function of Mangrove Ecosystems. (Jan., 1998), pp. 83-94.

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Duke et al. Factors Influencing Biodiversity and Distributionsl Gradients in Mangroves. Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters. Vol. 7, No. 1, Biodiversity and Function of Mangrove Ecosystems. (Jan. 1998), pp. 27-47.

Ellison, Aaron M., Farnsworth, Elizabeth J. Anthropogenic Disturbance of Caribbean Mangrove Ecosystems: Past Impacts, Present Trends, and Future Predictions. Biotropica. Vol. 28, No. 4, Part A: Longterm responses of Caribbean Ecosystems to disturbances. (Dec. 1996), pp. 549-565.

Thom et al. Mangrove Ecology and Deltaic-Estuarine Geomorphology: Cambridge Gulf-Ord River, Western Australia. The Journal of Ecology. Vol. 63, No. 1 (Mar. 1975), pp. 203-232.

Clark, R.L., and Guppy Csiro, J.C. A Transition from Mangrove Forest to Freshwater Wetland in the Monsoon Tropics of Australia. Journal of Biogeography. Vol. 15, No.4, (Jul. 1988), pp. 665-684.

Roth, Linda C. Hurricanes and Mangrove regeneration: Effects of Hurricane Jane on the Vegetation of Isla del Venado, Bluefields, Nicaragua. Biotropica, Vol. 24, No. 3, (Sep.1992), pp. 375-384.

Michener et al. Climate Change, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, and Rising Sea Level in Coastal Wetlands. Ecological Applications, Vol. 7, No. 3, (Aug. 1997), pp. 770-881.

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