Unraveling Darwin’s mystery of mysteries: Insights on the origin of species from birds of the Solomon Islands

Al Uy

Unraveling Darwin’s mystery of mysteries: Insights on the origin of species from birds of the Solomon Islands

by Al Uy
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The biological diversity we see today is the result of new species evolving and older ones going extinct. Therefore, to effectively conserve biodiversity, we need to understand both the processes that cause extinction and those that give rise to new species. For over two decades, Al’s work explores the origin of new species, a process Charles Darwin called the “mystery of mysteries.” He uses a combination of observational, experimental and, most recently, genomic approaches to determine how populations change to become new species. This talk will summarize on-going research in Al’s Lab, focusing on two projects: 1) a single species of Solomon Island flycatchers that is in the act of splitting into new species, and 2) two species of island honey-eatersrecently coming into physical contact. The talk will also outline his recent efforts to establish conservation programs to preserve endemic birds of the Solomon Islands.

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Thu, October 19, 2023 at 19h00 (SAST)
 

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