Registration is now open for the Workshop on Freshwater Invertebrates of Southeast Asia - Diversity and Origin (Thailand, 30 July - 4 August 2012)
Land snail diversity in Timor-Leste: Implications for conservation management
Scientists of the Australian Museum have been conducting several field trips to Timor-Leste on the pusuit of new snail species. This on-going research project yielded about 100 species so far from an area where previosly only 9 species were documented.
Conservation efforts in Timor-Leste are hampered by unavailability of data on current patterns of biodiversity. The present outline of the country’s protected area network is based on bird data. Thus, it accounts for the conservation needs of one vagile group only. By surveying the land snail fauna, which are used as surrogates for other invertebrates, we address the question of whether the protected area system in Timor-Leste is adequate for the conservation of animal groups that differ in their ecological adaptations and capabilities from birds. [...]
In a recent field trip to the Philippines (13 April-14 May) and Peninsular Malaysia (26 May-7 June) conducted by two researchers from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin several rivers, lakes and caves of the islands Luzon, Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros, Panay, and Bohol were sampled for freshwater organisms (snails, shrimps and fishes) with regard to taxonomic and phylogeographic questions.
Last year’s first Southeast Asian Gateway Evolution (SAGE) meeting at the Royal Holloway University of London provided a very successful attempt to bring together researchers from both geology and biology working in Southeast Asia. The next SAGE meeting will be held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2013. Information on the meeting will become available in due time at this website. You may register for the first circular by using the contact form at the Wallacea Research Group website giving “SAGE2013” as message subject.
The sixth Speciation in Ancient Lakes (SIAL) meeting will be held in Bogor, Indonesia, in early September 2012. Information on the meeting will become available in due time at the SIAL website. If you are interested in attending the meeting and want to make sure you don’t miss out on it, you may register for the first circular by using the contact form at the Wallacea Research Group website giving “SIAL6” as message subject.
In July 2010 a three week expedition to Papua province (Indonesia) with a focus on freshwater organisms will be organized by the Museum of Natural History in Berlin, Germany. Details are available from
The 2010 International meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation will be held from 19-23 July 2010 on Bali, Indonesia. Quite a few symposia cover biogeographic topics. Registration for the meeting is still possible.
During a recent field trip to Southwest Sulawesi from 8-18 August conducted by two researchers from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 11 karst caves in the Maros area were sampled for freshwater organisms and insects. This first comprehensive survey aimed at obtaining samples for a phylogeographic study yielded new species of planthoppers, bugs and spiders.