“Wallace’s Dream Ponds”: The Malili Lakes Of Sulawesi Island

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    2013•09•10    19:00 - 20:30

    To kick off the 2013–2014 Another Drop Seminar Series cycle, the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) will hold a free, public lecture on “‘Wallace’s Dream Ponds’ – The Malili Lakes Of Sulawesi Island”. The speaker will be Douglas Haffner of the University of Windsor.

    Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, has played an important part in the history of evolution. The island’s biodiversity is very unique compared with other islands of Indonesia, more associated with either Asian or Australian flora and fauna. Alfred Wallace spent most of his time trying to understand the evolutionary history on what he referred to as the “Ultimate Island”, before writing his famous letter to Charles Darwin.

    This talk reviews the formation of Sulawesi, and the creation and biological evolution of the Malili Lakes, and explores why these lakes contain the highest percent of endemic species in the world. The talk will also review how these lakes can contribute to our understanding of major climate events such as long-term variations in the Southern Oscillation.

    About the speaker

    Douglas Haffner is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor. He is president of the Society for Speciation in Ancient Lakes and co-director of the China–Canada Three Gorges Reservoir Water Science Centre.

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