CBER Research Talk - Adam Britton - 14 May 2018

Start: May 14, 2018 01:00 PM
End: May 14, 2018 02:00 PM

Lake Tanganyika

Title: Do freshwater protected areas conserve the diversity of Lake Tanganyika cichlid fish communities from human disturbance?
Speaker: Adam Britton, Julia Day lab (research profile)
Venue: G01 Lankester LT Medawar Building (map)
Abstract: Freshwater ecosystems contain a disproportionately high amount of global biodiversity as well as being hotspots of endangerment. However, there are a lack of freshwater protected areas (FPAs), and our understanding of how freshwater communities respond to human impact remains poor. Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s most diverse freshwater ecosystems, yet only a small amount of its shoreline is protected. A dominant component of this ecosystem are cichlid fishes (~200 species), the majority of which are endemic. Increasing growth of human populations in the Lake Tanganyika catchment is known to negatively impact habitat quality, but like many freshwater systems the success of its FPAs in conserving biodiversity from human disturbance are unknown. During this talk I will discuss my PhD findings of higher cichlid species, phylogenetic and morphological diversity in protected areas. In addition to my conclusions that FPAs can be successful in the conservation of Lake Tanganyika cichlids, and more FPAs should be designated globally to alleviate the worldwide decline of freshwater biodiversity.