Research Activities- CHIBA Satoshi -

Evolutionary process of increasing species diversity

My current research focuses on evolutionary biology and ecology, and involves a combination of theoretical ecology and field studies. Specific interests include the speciation process, adaptive radiation and global patterns of species diversity. I am using land and marine gastropoda as a model system. Questions I am addressing are: what ecological and genetic factors cause diversification of species; what determines spatial and temporal patterns of species diversity; what are responsible for evolutionary novelties? And how do we conserve biodiversity when human disturbances have strongly affected ecosystems?
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