Scientific contributions of the Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management (MMM) conference series, 2000–2019

Friess, Daniel A., Dahdouh-Guebas, Farid, Satyanarayana, Behara, Cannicci, Stefano, Chua, Siew Chin, Duke, Norman, Feller, Ilka C., Jaafar, Zeehan, Jayatissa, L.P., Koedam, Nico, Krauss, Ken W., Lee, Shing Yip, Mancera Pineda, Jose Ernesto, Ruwa, Renison, Vannini, Marco, and Yando, Erik S. (2021) Scientific contributions of the Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management (MMM) conference series, 2000–2019. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 248. 106742.

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Abstract

The conservation of mangrove forests has become an important international policy priority in recent decades, and is mirrored by a large increase in research interest. Multiple disciplines now use mangroves as a study system, from molecular biology to social science. The variety of research conducted in mangroves is exemplified by the Mangrove Macrobenthos & Management (MMM) conference series, the world's largest gathering of researchers and practitioners dedicated to the science and conservation of the mangrove ecosystem. Established in 2000, MMM is a useful barometer with which to identify and measure research trends over the last 20 years. This study describes the history of the MMM conference series, and analyses the research presented in this series as a potential proxy of how the broader mangrove research field has changed through time. Presentations in early MMM conferences were dominated by macrobenthos studies, reflective of the origins of MMM as a forum specifically for mangrove macrobenthos research. However, later conferences have come to reflect the broader interests of the mangrove research field, and have tracked the emergence of blue carbon and other ecosystem services. Mangrove forests continue to be a rich and diverse ecosystem of study, and future MMM conferences will continue to provide a platform for impactful research and management.

Item ID: 66945
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1096-0015
Keywords: Biodiversity, Blue carbon, Climate change, Ecosystem services, History, Research trends, mangroves
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 00:33
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring @ 30%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410199 Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280111 Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences @ 30%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180299 Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified @ 40%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1904 Natural hazards > 190401 Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires) @ 30%
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