Richard MacKenzie

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Aquatic ecologist, the US Forest Service in Hilo, Hawaii

Dr. Richard MacKenzie is an aquatic ecologist working for the US Forest Service in Hilo, Hawaii.  During his 20 year career, he has studied the ecological and biogeochemical function of coastal freshwater marshes, saltmarshes, and mangroves. His published work has included quantifying fish and invertebrate habitat value as well as carbon pools/accumulation in coastal wetlands in the United States and throughout the western Pacific. Currently, he is working with CIFOR to expand a Forest Service Pacific-wide mangrove monitoring network to study how mangroves are responding to sea level rise and identifying mangroves that may be more resilient to SLR.