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Session Overview
120S-1: Aquatic Biodiversity - State and Challenges ahead
Wednesday, 26/Feb/2020:
10:30am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Rosetta Blackman
Session Chair: Ole Seehausen
Session Chair: Florian Altermatt
Location: Flüela
Parallel Session 115 m2 100 PAX

Session Abstract

The earth’s surface is made up of over 70% water, and these aquatic ecosystems are among the most biodiverse worldwide. Key examples of ecological and evolutionary dynamics have been established in aquatic ecosystems, including work on adaptive radiation, spatial ecology and invasive species biology. These ecosystems are also used as an essential resource by humans, ranging from freshwater drinking supplies, fisheries, and transportation.

These uses often negatively affect aquatic ecosystems, their biodiversity and eventually also their ecosystem functions. Consequently, aquatic ecosystems are globally among the most threatened ecosystems. To reverse these rapid declines in biodiversity, concerted and interdisciplinary actions are needed. In this session, we combine talks that give an overview on the state and threats to aquatic biodiversity, discuss the underlying drivers and outline how this affects the ecological and evolutionary integrity of these systems. We want to discuss advancements in the detection and assessment of aquatic biodiversity baseline data, link aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and outline socio-economic strategies needed to change the trajectory of aquatic biodiversity.

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10:30am - 11:15am

Biodiversity In The Face Of Adversity: ‘Temporary’ Streams As Aquatic–Terrestrial Ecosystems Responding To Global Change

Rachel Stubbington

Nottingham Trent University, UK

11:15am - 11:30am

Environmental DNA Shaping A New Era of Ecotoxicological Research

Xiaowei Zhang

State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control & Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China

11:30am - 11:45am

Tropical Water Research Alliance - An International Network for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Tropical Watersheds

Marcelo da Silva Moretti1, José Francisco Gonçalves Jr.2, Stuart Bunn3

1University of Vila Velha, Brazil; 2University of Brasília, Brazil; 3Griffith University, Australia

11:45am - 12:00pm

The Freshwater Biodiversity Observation Network (FWBON): Current State And Development Goals

Andreas Bruder1, Eren Turak2,3

1SUPSI, Switzerland; 2NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Parramatta, Australia; 3The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

12:00pm - 12:15pm

Open Data Sharing Opportunities for Conservation of Freshwater Biodiversity: Lessons from Biodiversity Informatics Projects across Sub-Saharan Africa

Vianny Natugonza

National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI), Jinja, Uganda

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Living Water: A Research Agenda on Freshwater Biodiversity

Sonja C. Jähnig1, Daniel Hering2, Ralf B. Schäfer3, Jonathan Jeschke1,4, Michael T. Monaghan1

1Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB); 2University of Duisburg-Essen; 3University of Koblenz-Landau; 4Freie Universität Berlin

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