Dr. Dan Friess

Dan Friess

Celebrating the diversity of the world’s mangroves


The mangrove ecosystem is deceptively complex. We all define mangroves based on our location or research discipline, but mangroves are geographically diverse and made up of numerous components. Mangroves are shaped by environmental gradients from local-global scales, and are affected by gradients of human and natural stressors. We must holistically understand mangroves from multiple perspectives, or we risk misapplying scientific paradigms and management strategies, and excluding voices who can contribute to a richer understanding of mangroves. We can only achieve the UN Ocean Decade Challenges for mangroves if we embrace the diversity of this ecosystem and the people who live, manage and study them.

Short Bio

Dr. Friess is the Cochran Family Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University in the United States. His research interests focus on blue carbon and ecosystem services, as a lens to understand the value of mangroves, the threats they face, and opportunities for their restoration and conservation. His research is conducted predominantly in Southeast Asia, and from 2009 to 2022 Dan was based at the National University of Singapore. Dan is a member of the IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group and the Blue Carbon Initiative.

For more information please visit www.themangrovelab.com.