Andrew Altieri

Andrew Altieri is a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He leads a research group that examines patterns of biodiversity and resilience in coastal marine ecosystems. More information about his research is available at

Up Close and Personal with a Mangrove Root

Kopelman's watercolors focus on the beautiful sponges that attach to mangrove roots. Credit: Irene Kopelman I got a lot of funny looks at the airport when I opened the oversized cooler for the baggage inspector. As a marine...