Fiji Time: 8:13 AM on Thursday 18 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index

USP puts Fiji academic on international stage

ALISI VUCAGO
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Update: 3:16PM THE University of the South Pacific has put Fiji academia on an international stage after a research by an academic titled 'Abundance and local-scale processes contribute to multi-phyla gradients in global marine diversity' was added to the American 'Science Advances' journal.

USP senior lecturer at the School of Marine Studies Dr Stuart Kininmonth found that large mobile invertebrates (such as crabs, lobsters, sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, snails, and octopus) were relatively abundant in colder latitudes while fishes were abundant in the tropics.

He said fish appeared to be superior predators in warm waters, but not in colder conditions.

"In other words, the latitudinal gradient in biodiversity reflects not only species' preferences for particular temperatures and environmental conditions but also ecological interactions," Dr Kininmonth said.

"As fishes extend their ranges away from the equator with ocean warming, they are likely to cause a decrease in the diversity of large invertebrates, affecting food webs, ecosystems and fisheries."

Dr Kininmonth said the effects of climate change on marine life varied greatly between geographic regions, as 'tropicalisation' of marine life in South East Australia and Tasmania is already underway, but similar effects have not yet been detected in New Zealand.

He acknowledged the wonderful contributions of the citizen scientist divers around the world who had contributed to this research through the Reef Life Survey program.

Science Advances journal is an online-only gold open access journal from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's oldest and largest general science organisation.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62380.6048
JPY 55.967752.9677
GBP 0.36250.3545
EUR 0.40900.3970
NZD 0.69620.6632
AUD 0.63330.6083
USD 0.50340.4864

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Nadi man dies in crash
  2. Ray of hope
  3. Students brave river currents
  4. Narayan taken by surprise
  5. Race data held back
  6. Fiji's time
  7. Public outcry over peak time travel
  8. Kolitagane appointed PS Agriculture
  9. Ministry investigates use of education grant
  10. Policy to address job issues

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fitting farewell for Bill Friday (12 Jan)
  2. Love will keep us together Sunday (14 Jan)
  3. Kubuabola laid to rest Thursday (11 Jan)
  4. $100 a day Sunday (14 Jan)
  5. Blessings from above Thursday (11 Jan)
  6. Air NZ confirms incident Friday (12 Jan)
  7. Capt William calls it a day after 45 years Sunday (14 Jan)
  8. National strike if no resolution, says FTUC Sunday (14 Jan)
  9. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)
  10. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)