Postcards from the Field: Mud, mud, glorious mangroves

Resaerchers Oki and Sigit in their “theme park” mangrove research site. Kate Evans/CIFOR.

Resaerchers Oki and Sigit in their “theme park” mangrove research site. Kate Evans/CIFOR.

Laughing and spraying each other with a hose, Yasuke Okimoto (Oki) and Sigit Deni Sasmito clean up after a long day of field research in a Kalimantan mangrove forest in Indonesia.

“Mangrove research in the field is like playing in the mud – it’s a theme park, you have to climb up and down the anchor roots like a monkey,” says Oki, a Japanese scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) who has spent years working in mangroves in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Sigit is a young Indonesian just one year into his career at CIFOR – but he’s already working in one of the more challenging environments forestry offers.

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