Honors Projects


Mangroves are a type of coastal vegetation present in the intertidal zone of tropical and subtropical climates. This paper explores the mangroves of Costa Rica, their significance, and various strategies the country utilizes in order to protect mangrove forests. Several books and articles about mangroves and conservationism are examined to explain why mangrove forests are vital to a coastline’s health and growth. The scholarly topic pertains to mangroves located in the United States and Costa Rica along with methods used to maintain the wildlife that live within them. The concept of ecotourism will be explored and how mangrove forests are used to promote ecotourism, especially in Costa Rica. After analyzing these methods and strategies, Costa Rican efforts will be compared and contrasted with the United States’ conservation of mangrove environments. The reasoning behind each country’s outlook towards environmental protection of areas such as mangrove forests will be discussed. Finally, the research and findings will be used to delineate why studying a topic such as the mangroves of Costa Rica expand a student’s worldview and ability to merge multiple ways of thinking.


Biological Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Lara Lengel

First Advisor Department


Second Advisor

Dr. Scott Martin

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Winter 2-28-2020