Mangrove Team

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.


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Lucia Rodriguez and Nicte-Ha Muñoz joined the mangrove team in 2017.

 Bridging the Americas Team
Our Bridging the Americas team is made up of myselfa, Todd Osbornebc, Candy Fellerd, Julie Walkerbc, Andrew Altieric, and Lorae Simpsonbc.
Not pictured: Christine Angelinic and Tim Davidsone
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
University of Florida
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
California State University, Sacramento


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