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Wed 28 Sep 2011

Seminars next week in NUS: evolutionary biogeography and conservation in SEA, bats and viruses, exceeding earth's carrying capacity

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Wed 05 Oct 2011: 4.00pm [poster]: "Studies of Evolutionary Biogeography & Conservation in Southeast Asia" by David Woodruff. Venue: S1A-02-17, Block S2, Level 4, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore [See map at: tinyurl.com/map-nusdbs]

Absrtact - Predicting the effects of on-going environmental changes on the future of Southeast Asia’s rich biodiversity is a grand challenge for biologists. Using examples from my own research I will illustrate how studies of the evolutionary biogeography of populations, species and higher taxa can illuminate the likely course of their future evolution. At the level of individual populations I will describe the first attempts to monitor genetic erosion in recently isolated populations of small mammals. At the species level I will describe studies of freshwater snails and snail-transmitted trematodes and on-going attempts to reconstruct gibbon phylogeny. At a higher level I will discuss the development of the species distribution patterns of terrestrial birds, mammals and flowering plants over the last few million years. Although some generalizations can be made about the future evolution of these groups it is critical to recognize that people are also part of nature in this region. I will therefore conclude with a brief discussion of the probable effects of (1) mainstream Mekong dams on fish and people, (2) sea level rise on coastal biodiversity and ecological services, (3) people living in protected forests, and (4) ecorefugees. Such interdisciplinary topics will be central concerns for the next generation of translational ecologists.


Wed 05 Oct 2011: 11.00am: "Bats and Viruses" by Dr Wang Linfa, Australian Animal Health Laboratory. Venue: The Auditorium, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, 1 Research Link, National University of Singapore.


Fri 07 Oct 2011: 6.00pm [poster]: "The Great Disruption" by Mr Toh Wee Khiang, Exec Dir, Human Capital and Building & Infrastructure Solutions Divisions, Economic Development Board (EDB). Venue: LR424 @ SDE3, Level 4, School of Design and Environment, NUS. Click to register

Abstract - What happens when the desire for endless economic growth hits against the limit of the earth’s carrying capacity? According to Australian author Paul Gilding, you end up with “The Great Disruption”. What are some of the effects of climate change we are already seeing? How can Singaporeans use basic science concepts to make informed energy choices? Do we have hope for a better future? Come find out in this talk.

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