第29回ERATO共生進化機構国際セミナーのお知らせです。アリ類をはじめとした生物多様性研究で知られるProf. Evan Economo (OIST, Japan)に講演いただきます。参加登録等は以下よりお願いします。
Date: 24 January 2024 16:00 (JST)-
Platform: Zoom Meeting
Lecturer: Prof. Evan Economo (OIST, Japan)
Title: Biodiversity science in the era of big data: treasure maps, trap-jaws, and the metaverse
Abstract: Biodiversity science is fundamentally data-limited, particularly for hyperdiverse and understudied groups such as arthropods. In this talk, I explore how emerging technologies are providing new opportunities to better document arthropod biodiversity and how it is changing in the Anthropocene. First, we still need to understand the geographic distribution of invertebrate life on Earth. I discuss a project to resolve a species-level map of life for ants, and how this has illuminated both global patterns of diversification and important regions for conservation. Second, organisms are more than points on a map, and 3D X-ray tomography can capture big data to investigate organismal form and function across the tree of life. As an example, I present work on the spectacular diversification of ant mandibles, including the repeated evolution of specialized ultrafast weapons. Finally, I offer some perspectives for how big data and immersive media technologies can change how we interact with biodiversity in the lab and at home.