Journal article

The emergent geography of biophysical dispersal barriers across the Indo-West Pacific

Eric A Treml, Jason Roberts, Patrick N Halpin, Hugh P Possingham, Cynthia Riginos

Diversity and Distributions | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015


Aim: To discover and evaluate potential dispersal barriers across the Indo-West Pacific Ocean and to develop spatially explicit hypotheses regarding the location of barriers and their capacity to filter taxa. Additionally, to compare model predictions with previously described barriers and build a more thorough understanding of the region's biogeographic patterns. Location: The reefs of the Indo-West Pacific Ocean, from 100 to 170°E and from 30°N to 30°S. Methods: A biophysical larval dispersal model was used to quantify over 800,000 dispersal kernels by simulating 99 model taxa. Spatial analysis was used to map emergent patterns of potential multispecies population connectivity and predict ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Steve Swearer and Sean Connolly and three anonymous referees for their constructive comments that greatly improved the manuscript. Funding for this work was provided by the Australian Research Council (DP0878306 to CR and HP), the World Wildlife Fund (Kathryn Fuller Post-doctoral Research Fellowship to EAT) and the National Science Foundation (NSF OISE-0730256 to PNH).