Smithsonian Research Stations

These Smithsonian field stations enable scientists worldwide to conduct long-term studies on mangrove ecosystems.

These Smithsonian field stations enable scientists worldwide to conduct long-term studies on mangrove ecosystems.

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Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian scientists and their colleagues are investigating important questions and issues related to mangrove ecosystems.

The sun sets over the Smithsonian’s marine field station at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize. For more than three decades, it has been home to the Smithsonian’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Program.

The sun sets over the Smithsonian’s marine field station at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize. For more than three decades, it has been home to the Smithsonian’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Program.

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Chip Clark/Smithsonian Institution

• At the Smithsonian Marine Field Station on Carrie Bow Cay in Belize, scientists from a wide variety of disciplines examine the impacts of environmental change on mangroves.

At the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Dr. Wayne Sousa (right) studies lightning impacts.

At the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Dr. Wayne Sousa (right) studies lightning impacts.

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Marcos Guerra/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

• In Panama, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, scientists monitor marine environments and raise public awareness of why mangroves are so important.

Farther north, in Fort Pierce, Florida, researchers at the Smithsonian Marine Station focus on mangroves and other marine ecosystems of Florida.

Farther north, in Fort Pierce, Florida, researchers at the Smithsonian Marine Station focus on mangroves and other marine ecosystems of Florida.

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• Farther north, in Fort Pierce, Florida, researchers at the Smithsonian Marine Station focus on mangroves and other marine ecosystems of Florida.

And in Edgewater, Maryland, scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center examine the influences of climate change, excess nutrients, and surrounding habitats on mangroves

And in Edgewater, Maryland, scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center examine the influences of climate change, excess nutrients, and surrounding habitats on mangroves. They have also established additional study sites in mangrove forests in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia.

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Smithsonian Institution

• And in Edgewater, Maryland, scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center examine the influences of climate change, excess nutrients, and surrounding habitats on mangroves. They have also established additional study sites in mangrove forests in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia.

A behind the scenes look at the NMNH ocean-related collections and their importance to research and discovery.