J. Boone Kauffman
Fisheries and Wildlife
Length of service: 
25 years

Kauffman discovered the remarkable carbon-holding power of mangroves and other tropical wetlands while he was studying typhoon damage in Micronesia more than a decade ago. He and his research team share their field work with leeches, disease-carrying insects and other dangers. His research focuses on the interactions of ecosystems, land use, and climate change in wetlands and tropical forests (current emphasis is on mangroves and other coastal ecosystems, tropical swamp forests, and riparian zones). His team also researches riparian ecology and restoration, pproaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as natural and human disturbances on ecosystem structure and function.