New video highlights Margaret Owuor’s research in the Amazon The Institute of Ecology and Evolution is pleased to share a short video on the research on the coast of the Amazon that Prof. Dr. Margaret Owuor, a National Geographic Explorer and Integrative Biodiversity Conservation Science Professor at the Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern, is doing together with her colleague and National Geographic Early Career Leadership Mentor Prof. Angelo Bernardino from the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo. The research is organized under the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Amazon expedition and focuses on the Ecological function, Climate Change and Socio-economic assessment of mangrove forests in the Amazon. Brazil’s mangroves provide ecosystem services for millions of people and store massive amounts of carbon. Yet, with the world’s attention focused on the region’s rapidly diminishing rainforests, this unique ecosystem has remained chronically overlooked. Until now. This work led to the discovery of a mangrove forest thriving in freshwater. As mangroves are known to grow only in seawater, this discovery tells us of the adaptive abilities of these important ecosystems. Furthermore, through multidisciplinary research tools such as drones, interviews and sampling, the explorers confirm that these mangroves store twice as much carbon as terrestrial forests and their importance to local communities for fisheries. This work assessed the values that the communities living adjacent to mangroves place on the mangrove ecosystem services for their well-being. The results of this research are under review.