In 2015, the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) began a partnership with the Gulf of California Marine Program (CGMP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to conduct vital research on the mangrove ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and Baja California Sur, Mexico. This work employs research techniques from across disciplines to examine the ecological value of these forests from a multifaceted perspective. It fosters international collaboration among groups of researchers with congruent goals and with much to contribute to the development and innovation of one another’s studies. In addition, it is oriented toward the generation of relevant information that leads to positive action, from the local to the national scale. We build capacity and collaboration with the local people and organizations who interact with these ecosystems, while targeting state and federal governments with meaningful and useful communications of our findings, which are critical to the successful management of these natural treasures.