Rookery Bay Research Reserve's first-ever Mangrove Symposium brought together 75 of the brightest minds in mangrove ecology to learn about and discuss topics including ecosystem services, trends and tipping points, adaptive management and restoration ecology, with a tribute to the late Roy "Robin" Lewis, III. The event included plenary and keynote presentations by Drs. Ariel Lugo and Robert Twilley, two "founding fathers" of Rookery Bay mangrove research. There were also a poster session, a robust discussion about a future publication, and field trips to see a restoration site and other mangrove features around Rookery Bay, which is considered the cradle of mangrove research by many.
This event provided invaluable opportunities for coastal professionals to share resources and ideas for future mangrove management consideration, and was made possible with support from the Florida International University Florida Gulf Coast University’s Everglades Wetland Research Park at Naples Botanical Garden, and the Friends of Rookery Bay's 40th anniversary sponsors.