IOF Seminar Series: The rise and fall of coralline algae: Evolutionary, morphological, and ecological trends

IOF Seminar Series

Speaker: Patrick Martone, Professor, UBC Botany

Location: AERL Theatre

Calcified “coralline” algae play important roles in the ecology of marine communities worldwide: competing for space, creating habitat, and chemically attracting animals. Unfortunately, coralline species can be difficult – or even impossible – to differentiate by eye, severely limiting our understanding of their biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. Our recent work has revealed surprising patterns in the repeated evolution of segmented fronds from crustose ancestors and in the ecology of coralline crust communities in coastal ecosystems.