Bocas del Toro, Panama Team
Krystyna Powell joined our mangrove team in 2016. She is passionate about her love of mangroves and has worked with us on mangrove projects in both Florida and Panama. Krystyna is currently a master’s student at Florida Atlantic University studying mangroves. Her research interest is centered around community dynamics of mangrove prop roots. Krystyna’s current research focuses on the ecology and destruction of the marine wood-boring isopods, Sphaeroma terebrans, in red mangrove forest. Isopods are small crustaceans that do not actually ingest the wood but use the roots as habitat and protection. Since these isopods are filter feeders, she is specifically looking at how phytoplankton distribution and water quality affects isopod distribution.
Lucia Rodriguez and Nicte-Ha Muñoz joined the mangrove team in 2017.