December 3 2009

12:00 LSB 2320

Dr. Eric A. Treml
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Exploring patterns of marine connectivity and isolation across the Indo Pacific: A network approach


Marine population connectivity is fundamental to understanding the population dynamics of species, marine biodiversity, patterns of endemicity, and the conservation of marine species. Although several studies have identified general scales of population connectivity, little progress has been made in quantifying the spatial structure of this connectivity. To better understand these spatial patterns, we constructed marine dispersal networks using a biophysical model to simulate dispersal between the reefs of the Indo Pacific. Here, I describe the development of this dispersal model and illustrate how the connectivity networks can be analysed using a graph-theoretic approach. Finally, I highlight methods for integrating the spatial structure of marine population connectivity into regional conservation planning.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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