After spending 2 years in the Philippines and Indonesia, working as a postdoctoral researcher on an
NSF Partnerships in Research and Education grant, I conceived of a collaborative research n
etwork that I eventually named Diversity of the Indo-Pacific (DIPnet). Working together with Cynthia Riginos at University of Queensland and Rob Toonen at University of Hawaii, I twice received funding from the
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in support of a Catalysis Meeting and Working Group that cumulati
vely brought together over fifty scientists to share ideas and data towards advancing genetic diversity research in the world’s largest and most speciose marine biogeographic region.
These meetings resulted in a well-cited special issue in the Bulletin of Marine Science, which contained six synthetic reviews and perspectives pieces that laid out best-practices for research and international collaboration in the region, and also broke new ground in linking population genetic data to conservation decision-making. In addition, the working group collated over 35,000 genetic sequences from over 200 Indo-Pacific species sampled at over 1,500 sites throughout the region.
These efforts led to a successful Research Coordination Network proposal to the NSF, and we are now continuing in the development of a unique georeferenced population genetic database (GeOMe; Genetic Observatories Metadatabase) together with legal guidelines for collaboration and data sharing that meet the requirements of the international Convention on Biological Diversity. We also host annual workshops in computational biology in developing countries around the Indo-Pacific. Publications describing insights from our extensive dataset will be forthcoming this year.
Crandall ED, Riginos C. 2014. Magnificent dimensions, varied forms, and brilliant colors: the molecular ecology and evolution of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:1–11. [Introduction to special issue: not peer reviewed]
Bowen BW, Shanker K, Yasuda N, Celia M, Malay MCD, Heyden von der S, Paulay G, Rocha LA, Selkoe KA, Barber PH, Williams ST, Lessios HA, Crandall ED, Bernardi G, Meyer CP, Carpenter KE, Toonen RJ. 2014. Phylogeography unplugged: comparative surveys in the genomic era. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:13–46.
Keyse J, Crandall ED, Toonen RJ, Meyer CP, Treml EA, Riginos C. 2014. The scope of published population genetic data for Indo-Pacific marine fauna and future research opportunities in the region. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:47–78.
Barber PH, Ablan MCA, Ambariyanto, Berlinck RG, Cahyani D, Crandall ED, Ravago-Gotanco R, Juinio-Meñez MA, Mahardika IN, Shanker K, et al. 2014. Advancing biodiversity research in developing countries: the need for changing paradigms. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:187–210.
Beger M, Selkoe KA, Treml E, Barber PH, Heyden von der S, Crandall ED, Toonen RJ, Riginos C. 2014. Evolving coral reef conservation with genetic information. Bulletin of Marine Science 90:159–185.