Why mud matters

I spent this summer in Madagascar, working on a research project in the Bay of Assassins on the remote South West coast. We were studying the mangrove ecosystems and the way people use them.

Spending time in the mangroves, we encountered a range of conditions from an easy stroll across sand to wading through waist-high creeks and slurping through mud up to our knees. One of team was Dan Friess from the National University of Singapore who’s recently published a paper in Nature about why mud matters to mangroves.

For Hakai magazine I wrote a piece about Dan’s study, which was led by Cath Lovelock from the University of Queensland.




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