In the past decades, human disturbances have extensively altered oceanic communities that we rely on for food, transportation, and recreation, but such kind of the attention has not been fully paid, especially for the deep-sea ecosystems where there is a growing interest to exploit oil, mineral or biological resources. Continuing our wise use of the seas depends on a better understanding of the marine biodiversity, the evolution of marine organisms and the consequences of our intrusion on the workings of marine ecosystems. In this context, my current research is conducted to fill the gap of our knowledge of these regards by taking sampling strategy from two international cooperation programs that I’m participating, the phylogeography and systematics of emperors and large-eye seabreams and other coral reef fishes and the Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos (TDSB), and by the data analyses for the collected samples through an integrated approach in systematic biology. In today’s talk, I’ll introduce the advanced results and show the empirical studies for the test of hypotheses that explain the marine biodiversity centered in the golden triangle and for the investigations of the underlying evolutionary mechanisms of species or genetic diversifications of the marine taxa occurring in the IWP. To end my talk, I will present how the emerging technologies and integrated approaches may help for today’s research in marine biology and conservation.
Wei-Jen Chen (陳韋仁)