Penang’s Gorgeous Mangrove Ecosystems under Threat
By Dr. Shuhaida Shuib (School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
THE COASTLINE HEADING towards Balik Pulau is fortunately lined with mangroves. This salt-tolerant plant species described as halophytes, thrives in Penang's intertidal environment, where the temperature and salinity gradient fluctuate.Mangroves are among nature's most productive ecosystems. They function as carbon sinks, capturing the element in the form of surrounding trees and belowground biomass, and act as natural bulwarks against the devastations brought by tsunamis, tidal erosions and tropical storms.Furthermore, the mangrove ecosystem provides, among other benefits, timber and charcoal, food,...
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Dr. Shuhaida Shuib (School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
is a marine ecologist at Universiti Sains
Malaysia. She studies the diversity of macrofaunal organisms inhabiting intertidal environments, and is currently monitoring the impacts of disturbance on mangrove crabs and gastropods on Penang Island.