Prof Richard Corlett took part in the Smithsonian-NTU workshop on the ‘Ecology of Terrestrial Invasions in the Tropics’ at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, from February 26th to 28th.
The workshop, organized by the Smithsonian Professor of Forest Ecology, Peter Wardle, included short presentations and structured discussions aimed at understanding biological invasions in the tropics. Fewer invasive species have been recorded in tropical ecosystems than temperate ones, but it is not clear if this reflects a real difference in invasibility or just lower research effort in the tropics. The workshop therefore tried to answer several questions, including: Is the tropics less susceptible to invasions than the temperate zone and, if so, why? What is the impact of biological invasions in the tropics? And, what can be done to reduce this impact?
The workshop included fieldtrips to invaded sites around Singapore. Former XTBG PhD student, Michael (Nobo) Padmanaba, also attended the workshop from Indonesia.