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Causal factors of biodiversity: community structure, phylogeny and biogeography. A comparative study of the fauna of tropical and subtropical estuaries and lagoons. Study 1996

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Reference no: G008696N
Period: January 1996 till December 2000
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biodiversity; Biogeography; Coastal waters; Phylogeny

Institutes (4)  Top 
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculty of Sciences; Department of Biology; Laboratory of Ecology and Systematics (ECOL)
    • Daro, Marie Hermande, promotor, project leader
  • Ghent University; Faculty of Sciences; Biology Department; Marine Biology Section (MARBIOL), more
  • Hasselt University; Centrum voor Milieukunde; Research group Zoology: Biodiversity and Toxicology (CMKDK), more
    • Schockaert, Ernest, co-promotor
  • Flemish Government; Economy, Science and Innovation; Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), sponsor

Abstract:
The aim of the project is a comparative study of the 'structural' biodiversity and the causal factors by which it is induced and regulated. Present environmental factors an historical background (phylogeny of the biota and geographic evolution of the locality) are indeed main causes of the biodiversity observed today. We therefore plan to study the biodiversity in coastal ecosystems and estuaries in tropical and subtropical areas. Lagoons and estuaries are very productive ecosystems with a major impact on the functioning of open sea ecosystems and important for human activities (but hence subject to anthropogenic degradation). On the other hand, (sub)tropical areas are known to yield the highest biodiversity on which very few information is available. Moreover, semi-enclosed systems are very suitable to study speciation phenomena such as gene flow interruption and the origin of endemisms.

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