Raffles Science Institute Guest Lecture Series

by Dr. Bill Baker & Dr. Diana Percy, 7th & 9th November 2012 @ Raffles Institution (Y5-6) Lecture Theatre 3, Blk A Level 3

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  1. The Flora of Lord Howe Island – Origins and Diversity

  2. The Flora of Lord Howe Island – Origins and Diversity
    By Dr Bill Baker, Head Palms Section, Kew Gardens
    Lord Howe Island is a minute volcanic landmass (12 km2) in the Pacific Ocean that is home to 241 native plant species, more than 100 of which are found nowhere else. How did such extreme endemism arise in so small a space? What mechanisms promote species divergence in the face of the homogenising influence of ongoing gene flow? In this talk, we explore these questions using a text book case study ­ the Howea palms ­ and place this important case of sympatric speciation in plants in the context of the island’s flora as a whole and speciation thinking in general.
  3. Some images of the vegetation on Lord Howe Island #RSIguest
    Some images of the vegetation on Lord Howe Island #RSIguest
  4. Some images of the vegetation on Lord Howe Island #RSIguest http://twitpic.com/bb0mmu
    Some images of the vegetation on Lord Howe Island #RSIguest twitpic.com/bb0mmu
  5. The cloud forest on Mount Gower is unique #RSIguest
    The cloud forest on Mount Gower is unique #RSIguest
  6. The cloud forest on Mount Gower is unique #RSIguest http://twitpic.com/bb0n1v
    The cloud forest on Mount Gower is unique #RSIguest twitpic.com/bb0n1v
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