讲座主题：Fantastic Seaweeds and Where to Find Them
专家姓名：Stefano G.A. Draisma
工作单位：The Prince of Songkla University
The main title alludes to the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in China as神奇动物在哪里), but that is fantasy. This is a real story about recent (unpublished) discoveries in Thai waters. Thailand is situated in the Indo-Pacific transition zone. The west coast borders the Andaman marine province (Western Indo-Pacific biogeographic realm) and the east coast borders the Sunda Shelf province (Central Indo-Pacific realm). More than 330 macroalgal species have been reported from Thai waters, but similarity to the seaweed floras of neighboring countries is lower than expected. The reason may be that taxonomists in different countries have used different names for the same species. With the advent of molecular techniques, it was revealed that seaweed diversity has been underestimated. Since 2018 Stefano Draisma has been visiting both coasts in search of seaweeds. Several recent discoveries will be presented through anecdotes. We still live in the Age of Discoveries when it comes to seaweed diversity and the horizon is not yet in sight.
Stefano G.A. Draisma，国际知名的海藻生物学家，荷兰莱顿大学博士，先后在鲁汶大学、莱顿大学、格罗宁根大学、神户大学和马来西亚大学从事研究工作，目前为泰国宋卡王子大学生物多样性卓越研究中心任职，主要从事海藻多样性进化和生物地理学研究，发表学术论文近100篇，多个国际知名藻类学期刊的编辑。