Biogeography across Broken Continents and Sunken Islands

Date: 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Online

Speaker Gonzalo Giribet taking a picture of a mossy earth.

Free Virtual Public Lecture

Gonzalo Giribet, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Advance Registration Required.

The major continents of the Southern Hemisphere—Africa, South America, Australia, Antarctica—as well as India and islands in the Pacific, were once part of Gondwana, an ancient supercontinent that began to break up about 180 million years ago. How did this breakup influence the evolution of ecosystems and organisms found on modern continents and islands? This is one of the questions that biogeography, the study of how organisms are distributed across space and time, seeks to answer. Gonzalo Giribet will discuss how he uses biogeography and tiny invertebrate species to understand the biological and geological history of New Zealand and New Caledonia, two islands that were once part of Gondwana.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series
Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

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