Event Details

Thursday, 14 June 2018 - Thursday, 14 June 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UQ Location:
Goddard Building (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Gabriella Scata
0490 887 277
Org. Unit:
Marine Science

Event Description

Full Description:
The Centre for Marine Sciences is hosting a special seminar next Thursday 14th June in the Room 257, Goddard Building at 1pm.

Out speaker is Dr Shane Lavery from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Please see below details of the talk:

Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Indo-Pacific Marine Organisms: Stories from New Zealand

The Indo-Pacific is a broad and highly diverse marine biogeographic region. It has attracted significant research attention for many years, yet still manages to surprise us in the ecological and evolutionary patterns it reveals. This talk will describe several recent and current studies from my lab, covering the range of molecular questions we address across this region.

Processes of speciation are highlighted by common patterns evident from several Panulirus lobster species. Despite the enormous potential for larval dispersal and mixing of gene pools, over 14 species of Panulirus have diverged in the Indo-Pacific alone. Their extraordinarily long larval stage is key to many of the ecological and evolutionary conundrums in this genus. In addition, examination of their diet may allow us to predict how climate changes impact future populations.

The larvae produced by fish within a marine reserve may potentially provide an enormous contribution to surrounding fisheries (termed recruitment cross-subsidy). But how can we feasibly measure such a contribution? I will describe one attempt to do this in New Zealand snapper.

Finally, some Indo-Pacific marine species are now so rare that it is difficult to adequately assess their genetic biodiversity for conservation purposes. One avenue to circumvent this is to sample the species from museum specimens. This was undertaken on dugong in the Western Indian Ocean, with some unexpected results.

We hope to see you there!

Directions to UQ

Google Map:
To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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