After an absence of more than 50 years, RMBR and Nparks are bringing back the Wallace Lectures! Back in the 1960s, the Wallace Lectures was delivered by well-known biologists and scientists in the then University of Malaya. These lectures served to stimulate discussion and share information in the exploration of new ideas in systematics, ecology and natural heritage.
For the inaugural talk of the 21st century, we have invited Dr. Peter Davie, Senior Curator of Crustacea at the Queensland Museum in Australia to share with us his research experience of documenting and exploring the vast amount of crustacean fauna found in Australian waters through large scale marine surveys. Results taxonomic efforts such as his can then be translated to action plans for marine park development and management strategies, as well as the development of online resources that are freely available for study.
This talk is timely as we are now in the midst of Singapore’s own Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey!
Details are as follows
Date: Thursday, 19th July 2012
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM (light refreshments will be served).
Venue: Level 1, Function Hall Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens (see map here).
Synopsis: Australia is one of the 17 megadiverse countries. Although there are potentially close to 1 million native species, it is estimated that less than 25% are known to science. The Federal Government through the Australian Biological Resources Study, has had a long-term funding program to promote taxonomic description and cataloguing of the fauna and flora. This has been complemented by a number of major marine surveying programs in both deep and shallow waters around the entire coastline, including the Great Barrier Reef. The results of all this effort is now being channeled into marine park development and management strategies, as well as the development of a wide variety of online resources that allow museum specimen records from around the country to be mapped against a wide variety of environmental variables. The Australian Government is also leading the way in marine reserves, and has recently announced a plan for a massive Coral Sea Marine Park.
About the speaker: Dr. Peter Davie, Senior Curator (Crustacea), Co-Editor (Aquatic Biodiversity), Memoirs of the Queensland Museum; Queensland Museum & Science Centre Dr Peter Davie has been at the forefront of biodiversity research in Queensland and Australia for over 2 decades. As one of the world’s foremost experts on decapod crustaceans, he has published widely on these animals, recording numerous new species from all over the Indo-West Pacific. He has also participated in a number of major surveys in Australian waters, as well as Hong Kong, Christmas Island and Singapore. Editor and author of several major books and publications on Australian animals, he is perhaps most well known for two major volumes on crustaceans in the important Zoological Catalogue of Australia series published by CSIRO Australia. He worked on Singapore crustaceans on many occasions over the last 20 years and is very familiar with the local and regional fauna.