SAIAB News » Seminar: Dr Francesca Porri: 1 March 2018

DIFS/ SAIAB Seminar Series 2018

Dr Francesca Porri

The Chronicles of Larvia

The first decade of the 21st century has been defined by some marine ecologists as the "decade of connectivity" given the proliferation of research on larval dispersal. The degree of connectivity among populations is fundamental to the dynamics of populations and critical to marine policy planning and the management of fisheries and biodiversity. Research on larval ecology in South Africa approaches its 30yr milestone, with early studies investigating the dynamics of larval abundance in the coastal environment. Given the dynamic and erratic nature of the physical environment in which larval transport occurs, our research into larval connectivity has become increasingly multidisciplinary. Further incorporation of molecular, organismal and modelling approaches, as well as the inclusion of additional model species and nearshore hydrodynamic features are considered for current and future directions in larval connectivity studies in this region. 

This talk was presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, held in Portland from11-16 February 2018. This large meeting is held every 2 years and is organised jointly by the two largest aquatic societies in the United States, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).  This presentation was delivered during one of the 24 topical sessions, Ecology and Physical interactions sessions, specifically ?Biological-physical processes in nearshore and shallow coastal environments?.

Date: Thursday, 1 March 2018

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB