national geographic science festival

Marine lakes: natural laboratories of ecology and evolution

National Geographic Emerging Explorers Summit

Tue 17 Apr | 15:00 | Petrassi hall

Over two-thirds of the Earth is covered by seawater, yet less than one third of marine species have been described. This gap in knowledge is illustrative of how much we still need to learn about marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Dr. Lisa Becking studies the marine diversity we see today in tropical seas and asks, how did all this diversity this form and what keeps it in place. She believes that getting answers to these fundamental questions is vital if we want to predict how diversity will respond to our changing seas. For over 150 years, insular environments have played a key role in biological research as they provide an explicit spatial and temporal context in which to study the processes behind biodiversity. In de same line, Dr. Becking uses marine lakes – islands of seawater surrounded by land – to study how marine diversity adapts in response to past and current changes in the environment.
 
 
Lisa Becking assistant professor in Tropical Marine Biodiversity at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
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