The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has produced an educational and informative online mangrove ecology tour.The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has produced an educational and informative online mangrove ecology tour.

Established in 1964 on a defunct dairy farm in Maryland, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) now leads the US in research on linkages of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges in the 21st century.

Today, SERC encompasses 2,650 acres of land, and is home to a diverse staff of 16 senior scientists and supports an interdisciplinary team of more than 180 researchers, technicians, and students carrying out their work at SERC and at field stations from Alaska to Antarctica, from Belize to Australia.

Explore the ecology of mangroves in this online tour of a virtual Caribbean mangrove island. You'll visit dwarf forests, discover snails without shells and learn about the threats facing mangroves around the world.

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