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Rookery Bay Research Reserve has announced the Plenary speakers for the Mangrove Symposium on Nov. 14.

Robert TwilleyDr. Robert R. Twilley is the executive director of Louisiana Sea Grant and a professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science at Louisiana State University. Dr. Twilley was one of the earliest graduate students at Rookery Bay in the 1970s, publishing his Ph.D. dissertation on litter dynamics and carbon cycling in the mangroves. His work is dedicated to understanding coastal marine processes and informing mangrove conservation and restoration throughout southern United States the Americas.

250px Ariel LugoDr. Ariel E. Lugo is the director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a globally recognized leader in the field of mangrove ecology and conservation. A former professor at the University of Florida at Gainesville, he led an active research program to study ecosystem function and structure at Rookery Bay. His review paper with Samuel Snedaker, The Ecology of Mangroves (1974), was based on research conducted at Rookery Bay and has been cited more than 1,700 times. Dr. Lugo’s current interests include urban ecosystems and mangrove ecology in the Anthropocene.

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