Juliet Brodie – The big bang: the impact of twenty years of molecular systematics on understanding the algae

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Event Date: 28 November 2012
The Linnean Society of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly,
London W1J 0BF

 

The Systematics Association presents:

Professor Juliet Brodie (natural History Museum, London) – The big bang: the impact of twenty years of molecular systematics on understanding the algae

Molecular systematics occupies a minute fraction of time in the history of science, but its impact has been transformative in revealing hitherto unrecognised diversity of life on earth. Furthermore, it has enabled us to see the extent of genetic diversity that is not necessarily reflected in the morphology of organisms. This has led to a fundamental shift in species concepts and as a consequence has profound implications for understanding distribution, rarity and endemism. In this talk I will explore these ideas using examples from algal groups I have studied and attempt comparisons with other organisms. I will also argue the necessity of using molecular systematics in understanding the impact of environmental factors such as climate change and ocean acidification.

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