Seminars

October 26 2011

12:00 LSB 2320

Paul Barber
Dept of EE Bio, UCLA

An integrated approach to understanding the origin and conservation of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle An integrated approach to understanding the origin and conservation of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle

Summary

The Coral Triangle is the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. While this pattern is well known, the processes promoting the evolution and accumulation of biodiversity in this region have remained enigmatic. A large scale comparative phylogeographic study indicates multiple processes such as physical oceanography and Pleistocene sea level fluctuations are driving lineage diversification in this region. Further support for regional limits to connectivity come from coupled biophysical models of larval dispersal, and ecological niche models highlight the role of ecological variation across the Coral Triangle in reinforcing regional differentiation. Key to advancing marine biodiversity research and conservation efforts in this region is growing scientific capacity in this region long neglected by western scientists. To complement our research activities in Indonesia, we have developed the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center, a facility dedicated to scientific capacity building and promoting research in Indonesia.


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