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COURSE TITLE: Wetlands of the coast of Lima: patterns of diversity and challenges for conservation

INSTRUCTORS Hector Aponte

COURSE DESCRIPTION ABSTRACT:

WETLANDS OF THE COAST OF LIMA: PATTERNS OF DIVERSITY AND CHALLENGES FOR CONSERVATION

Hector Aponte1,2

1. Universidad Científica del Sur Carrera de Biología Marina
2. Museo de Historía Natural; UNMSM. Laboratorío de florística.

haponte@cientifica.edu.pe

Abstract: The coastal wetlands of Lima comprise a coastline that shares the territory with the most populous area of Peru. These conditions make these wetlands have a landscape composed of nature and the different human activities that accompany it. In this context, these wetlands provide different ecosystem goods and services, including carbon capture, the supply of plant fibers, an environment for bird watching and an adequate space for environmental education. To date, in these wetlands have been reported 150 species of birds, 123 species of plants, 11 reptiles, 2 amphibians, 5 rodents and 3 species of bats, 128 species of protozoa, 11 species of snails, 5 rotifers. In the present work, a compendium of information resulting from research carried out in the last 10 years in these marine-coastal ecosystems is presented, taking a landscape perspective to show some patterns of alpha, beta and gamma diversity with greater emphasis on vascular plants. The results obtained to date indicate some interesting features of the components of the landscape: a) the alpha and gamma diversity in Lima's wetlands is intimately linked to the anthropic processes that occur in these ecosystems, generally finding greater diversity alpha and gamma plant in the ecosystems of greater disturbance; b) regional beta diversity is greater in plants than in birds, while the regional richness of species follows an inverse pattern; c) the regional beta diversity is greater than the local one; d) beta diversity is not correlated with distance, which differs from other ecosystems evaluated in the world. An analysis based on the most recent data indicates that between 61% and 85% of the richness of vascular plant species is known, with a potential to harbor between 139 and 193 species in the coastal wetlands of this region. The processes involved in the formation of these patterns and their implications for the management and conservation of these wetlands are presented and discussed.

Short Bio: Hector Aponte PhD, graduated from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos with a specialty in Botany, with a Master's Degree in Ecology (EBE) at the University Paris Sud (Orsay - France). He also obtained a Master's degree in Tropical Botany from the mention in Taxonomy and Evolutionary Systematics of the National University of San Marcos. Professor of the Universidad Científica del Sur since 2009. He currently holds the position of Research Coordinator of the Marine Biology Undergraduate program. Hector studies coastal wetlands since 2006 having conducted research on plant diversity, conservation and ecosystem services. Nowadays, he directs research in alpha and beta diversity, as well as research work in the carbon cycle in wetlands.

Credit Points: 0.06

SYLLABUS/TOPICAL OUTLINE A summary of research carried out in the marine-coastal ecosystems of Peru is presented to show patterns and relationships between local- and landscape-scale diversity, and potential drivers of diversity. The study focuses on vascular plants. The processes involved in the formation of these patterns and their implications for the management and conservation of these wetlands are presented and discussed.

COURSE CONTACT
Louis Mantini
9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060
lfm@srwmd.org
P: 386.647.3144
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