HRI Seminar Series - Dr. Gabriel Nakamura de Souza

August 24, 2022
2:00 pm
August 24, 2022
3:00 pm
Harte Research Institute
Conference Center 127
6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412

"Ecological Detectives: Quantitative Methods to Describe Biodiversity and Understand Ecological Patterns and Processes"


Understanding the factors underpinning the current distribution of biological diversity on earth is the ultimate aim of the ecological research agenda. Given the rapid changes triggered mainly by the anthropogenic actions on earth, comprehension of processes and mechanisms that shape and maintain biodiversity is more important and urgent than ever. To accomplish this aim, ecologists rely on mapping the distribution of biodiversity on earth and unveiling the processes and mechanisms responsible for generating these patterns. Consequently, our success depends on detecting and explaining biodiversity patterns reliably. In this talk, I will show numerical, statistical, and computational tools I have developed to detect patterns in different facets of biological diversity (taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic). These numerical tools can be used to elaborate explanations that reveal the mechanisms underpinning the distribution of diversity on earth.

Dr. Nakamura is an ecologist working as a postdoctoral research assistant at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He is focused on understanding how historical and contemporary factors influence the observed patterns of biological diversity. His “fieldwork” consisted mainly of going inside the landscapes of computer cores to investigate the effectiveness of numerical methods and diversity metrics to detect these patterns and processes driving the assembly of ecological assemblages.


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