Global Asia in a Multipolar World 

From What We Know to How We Know It: Expanding the Story of Southeast Asian Freshwater Biodiversity

by Anthony Medrano, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Yale-NUS College

Date & Time: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Location: Zoom

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Synopsis

From Sumatra's Batang Hari to Mindanao's Lake Lanao, the state of Southeast Asian freshwater biodiversity is rich and remarkable, and yet also in crisis. In this talk, we'll explore what we know about the island world's ichthyofauna through a journey of its species and habitats. We'll also survey some of the main drivers of biodiversity change. From thinking about the present, we'll then take a dive into the past, looking at how we know what we know about the fish diversity of Southeast Asian freshwaters. In doing so, we'll center a different kind of biodiversity story--one borne from the local scientists who contributed to our current state of environmental knowledge. This talk hopes to show how biodiversity research can bring a new relevance (and urgency) to Asian studies.