2005 American Memorial Park, Saipan, Mangrove Habitat Assessment

 

Funding Source:                   US National Parks Service

Collaborator:                         Florida Museum of Natural History- Paleobotany Department, I Tano Services

 

This project provided historical and modern ecological assessment of the mangrove community within the American Memorial Park on Saipan. Pollen cores were used to evaluate the change in species diveristy of mangroves flora over time. Ecological surveys characterized distribution of flora and fauna within and adjacent to mangrove habitat. The project identified introduced plants as a critical threat to these mangroves and documented the decline of one of the few remaining colonies of the tree snail Partula gibba on Saipan.