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You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby! Predicting dispersal of organisms to remote islands: Talk by environmental scientist Rosie Gillespie
The Hawaiian Islands are more than 4100 km from the nearest continental landmass; the islands of French Polynesia are more than 4800km. Yet, organisms managed to cover these huge distances to establish on the world’s most remote islands.
How did they get there? Gillespie will be looking at organisms that have naturally (before humans) colonized the world’s most remote locales, and will discuss their dispersal mechanisms, their biology, and the natural environment.
About the Speaker
Rosemary G. Gillespie is a Professor in Environmental Science and Director of the Essig Museum of Entomology at the University of California Berkeley. Her research uses islands of known age and isolation to assess the combined temporal and spatial dimension of biogeography and determine patterns of diversification, adaptive radiation, and associated community assembly with a focus on spiders and insects.
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