Dr. Norm Duke is an Earthwatch scientist whose research projects include mangrove biogeography and evolution, mangrove ecosystem dynamics, developing new models for forest turnover and growth, and investigations into damaged mangrove ecosystems, including mangrove dieback in the Mackay region, oil spill and typhoon damage in Micronesia, ecosystem deterioration in the Solomon Islands, and oil spill damage in the Brisbane River.
Snapshot from the field:
Dr. Duke gave Earthwatch a look at a typical day in the field: “We clamber over and under arching roots and fallen logs, taking care not to lose footing or to slip into water-filled, hidden crab holes. There are a host of bugs and spiders and more…What an adventure! At last, we are in the natural habitat of mangroves - home of some very special creatures. The wonders never cease! There is so much to take in - much better than simply reading it and scanning it online. This is real—something we can touch and understand. Our sampling has purpose, and our contribution will make a difference.”