Love at low tide: why mangroves deserve our admiration

Duke, Norman (2017) Love at low tide: why mangroves deserve our admiration. Wildlife Australia, 54 (3). pp. 29-33.

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[Extract] Blood-hungry biting bugs. Flesh-craving crocs. Oozy, smelly mud. Rotten, decaying detritus and slime. Ankle-twisting roots. It’s fair to say that the mental images that flicker to mind when most people think about mangroves are less than romantic. Even for mangrove researcher Norm Duke, it wasn’t exactly love at first ‘bite’ when he began studying this vital coastal flora. Now, much of his role is convincing the public to fall in love with these plant communities, which act as vital ‘coastal kidneys’.

Research Statement

Research Background PROFESSOR NORM DUKE is a mangrove ecologist from James Cook University TropWATER Centre. He is the CEO and director of MangroveWatch ( and facilitates the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network along with being the vice president of the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems and a member of the Mangrove Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.
Item ID: 50135
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 0043-5481
Keywords: mangroves; habitat; Moreton Bay; conservation; citizen science; Queensland; Australia
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 02:06
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension @ 40%
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96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 30%
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