Questions. Constrasting patterns of genetic connectivity in two northeast Atlantic octocorals 18/07/2019
Questions. Constrasting patterns of genetic connectivity in two northeast Atlantic octocorals
Jamie Stevens, professor of Molecular Ecology at the University of Exeter, U.K., explained under the lecture “What drives contrasting patterns of genetic connectivity in Atlantic octocoral species?“ the importance of population connectivity in meta-population dynamics in marine systems and how this connectivity influence population persistence, migration rates and conservation decisions associated with marine protected areas (MPAs). In the conference, Jamie focused on the studies of the population structure and connectivity of two octocoral species (Eunicella verrucosa and Alcyonium digitatum) of the northeast Atlantic. These studies, funded by Natural England and NERC, UK, have major implications for the conservation of E. verrucosa, a protected species in UK waters, and the designation and management of European MPAs.