Daniel Friess

Cochran Family Professor

(504) 862-3193
School of Science & Engineering
Daniel Friess

Dr. Friess's Website


Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Blessey Hall Room 207
New Orleans, LA 70118

Education & Affiliations

PhD University of Cambridge, 2009
BSc (Hons), Imperial College London, 2004


Dan's research interests focus on blue carbon and other ecosystem services in mangrove forests, threats to mangroves such as deforestation and sea-level rise, and the use of blue carbon to incentivize mangrove conservation and restoration. This research takes a mixed methods approach, including modelling and remote sensing, field data collection, and social science methods. His research is both conceptual and applied, including working closely with government and NGOs. Prior to joining Tulane, Dan was based at the National University of Singapore (2009-2022). For more information visit www.themangrovelab.com.

Selected Publications

For a full list visit www.themangrovelab.com/publications 

Saintilan, Kovalenko, Guntenspergen, Rogers, Lynch, Cahoon, Lovelock, Friess, et al. 2022. Constraints on the adjustment of tidal marshes to accelerating sea-level rise. Science 377, 523-527.

 Friess, Adame, Adams, Lovelock. 2022. Mangrove forests under climate change in a 2°C world. WIREs Climate Change 13, e792.

 Friess, Howard, Huxham, Macreadie, Ross. 2022. Capitalizing on the global financial interest in blue carbon. PLoS Climate 1, 0000061.

 Friess, Gatt, Ahmad, Brown, Sidik, Wodehouse. 2022. Achieving ambitious mangrove restoration targets will need a transdisciplinary and evidence-informed approach. One Earth 5, 456-460.

 Macreadie, Costa, Atwood, Friess, Kelleway, Kennedy, Lovelock, Serrano, Duarte. 2021. Blue carbon as a natural climate solution. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment 2, 826-839.

 Zeng, Friess, Sarira, Siman, Koh. 2021. Global potential and financial limits of mangrove blue carbon for climate change mitigation. Current Biology 31, 1737-1743.

 Friess, Yando, Abuchahla, Adams, Cannicci, Canty, Cavanaugh, Connolly, Cormier, Dahdouh-Guebas, Diele, Feller, Fratini, Jennerjahn, Lee, Ogurcak, Ouyang, Rogers, Rowntree, Sharma, Sloey, Wee. 2020. Mangroves give cause for conservation optimism, for now. Current Biology 30, R153-R154.

 Friess, Rogers, Lovelock, Krauss, Hamilton, Lee, Lucas, Primavera, Rajkaran, Shi. 2019. The state of the world's mangrove forests: past, present and future. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 44, 89-115.

 Macreadie, Anton, Raven, Beaumont, Connolly, Friess et al. 2019. The future of Blue Carbon science. Nature Communications 10, 3998.

 Hamilton, Friess. 2018. Global carbon stocks and potential emissions due to mangrove deforestation from 2000 to 2012. Nature Climate Change 8, 240-244.

 Friess, Thompson, Brown, Amir, Cameron, Koldewey, Sasmito, Sidik. 2016. Policy challenges and approaches for the conservation of mangrove forests in Southeast Asia. Conservation Biology 30, 933-949.

 Richards, Friess. 2016. Rates and drivers of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia, 2000-2012. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, 344-349.

 Lovelock, Cahoon, Friess, Guntenspergen, Krauss, Reef, Rogers, Saunders, Sidik, Swales, Saintilan, Thuyen & Triet. 2015. The vulnerability of Indo-Pacific mangrove forests to sea-level rise. Nature 526, 559-563.

 Friess, Webb. 2014. Variability in mangrove change estimates and implications for the assessment of ecosystem service provision. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23, 715-725.

 Friess, Krauss, Horstman, Balke, Bouma, Galli, Webb. 2012. Are all intertidal wetlands naturally created equal? Bottlenecks, thresholds and knowledge gaps to mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems. Biological Reviews 87, 346-366.