The Vital Role of Seagrasses in Marine Ecosystems

TUE, JAN 10, 2017 (35:59)

Seagrasses are fundamental to the health of marine ecosystems, providing food and shelter to many organisms. Dr. Daru explains the vital role of seagrasses in maintaining marine life, and how different seagrass varieties vary in the ability to adapt to changing ocean environments around the world. This area of research is very important in the urgent effort today to save marine biodiversity. (Photo: Flickr/prilfish) NOTE: minor error at about 4:01 Dr. Daru meant to say marine plants evolved about 100 million yrs ago (not 100 yrs ago).

+ BIO: Barnabas Daru

Barnabas Daru, Ph.D is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. His research represents a comprehensive approach to understanding ecosystems , and includes ecology, biogeography, phenology and conservation biology. He uses comparative methods and statistical modeling.

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