The problems with governance structures for intertidal environments arise from inconsistent classification of the land-sea boundary, inconsistent classification of intertidal vegetation, failure to clearly define the taxonomy of intertidal vegetation (particularly saltmarsh and mangroves) and failure to define the boundaries of intertidal communities that would enable more accurate assessment of their extent.
This work shifts the prevailing view of mangroves as marine ecosystems by revealing a significantly higher richness of terrestrial vertebrates than previously thought to occur in these forests.
This study shows that despite the rather short colonization time, island populations differed significantly at the genetic as well as morphological level, as well as in male mating calls. These findings are evidence that isolated populations of Túngara frogs seem to diverge very rapidly and therefore provide very useful tools to analyze the evolutionary processes connected with small population size.
Genotypic richness in the springtail Orchesella cincta strongly increased population size and biomass production. Most importantly the degree of phenotypic dissimilarity among genotypes determined the magnitude of the genotypic richness effect. Although the exact mechanisms responsible for these effects are currently unknown, similar advantages of trait dissimilarity have been found. Hence, this paper showed that to better understand population performance, genotype number and phenotypic dissimilarity should be considered simultaneously.
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- S., S.M. Rog. Beyond ecosystem services: Charismatic megafauna as a novel approach for mangrove conservation.
- Rog S.M., E. Minnema, Clarke R.H, Cook C.N. Tackling the tides: An effective rapid approach to detect mammals, reptiles, and amphibians in mangroves.
- Rog S.M., E. Minnema, Clarke R.H, Cook C.N. The detection of threatened and invasive fauna demonstrates the need for active mangrove ecosystem management.
International Conference Conservation Biology 2017, Colombia. Filling knowledge gaps on mangrove biodiversity using a novel field design that tackles the tides.
Ecological Society of Australia 2016. Mangrove conservation with a focus on their critical importance to terrestrial vertebrates.
The Mangrove and Saltmarsh Conference 2015, Australia. (Poster) Mangrove management with a focus on reptiles, mammals and amphibians.
The Student Conference on Conservation Science, Brisbane 2015. (Poster) We live here too! Mangrove forests and their importance to terrestrial vertebrates.
Integrative Biology Seminar 2007, Austin University, Texas. Island evolution in Túngara frogs.
Benelux Congress of Zoology 2007, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Island evolution in Túngara frogs, are island populations in Panama at the start of speciation?
National Entomologist Day 2006, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The influence of genetic and phenotypic diversity on population viability in Orchesella cincta.
Invited to provide a public lecture for the Field Naturalist Club of Victoria 2017. Field surveys in Australian mangroves detect a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians previously unknown to occur in this habitat.
Invited to write a guest article, including science video for Wild Melbourne 2017. Marvelous Mangroves