Mangroves of Kenya: The effects of species richness on growth and ecosystem functions of restored East African Mangrove stands
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Mangrove forests are unique ecosystems which provide a range of important goods and services. However, they are suffering high rates of destruction around the world, and will be one of the first ecosystems affected by the predicted sea level rise. This project aims to establish re-planted experimental plots of mangroves in cleared areas. Experimental treatments will consist of plots of three different tree species, along with all possible multi-species mixtures and unplanted controls. Volunteers will assist in planting mangroves, and in measuring a range of biological and physical parameters relevant to important ecosystem functions, such as productivity and growth rates, susceptibility to disease, faunal abundance (of fish and crabs) and sedimentary chemistry. In addition, single species stands will be planted in high wave impact areas to record the effects of trees on sediment dynamics (erosion/deposition).