Williams on "Corals and Coral Reefs - New Perspectives"
Start Date/Time: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 11:00 AM
Location: Northwest Fisheries Science Center Auditorium, 2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle
NWFS Monstor Jam
Dr. Gary Williams
Invertebrate Zoology and Geology
California Academy of Sciences
This seminar addresses aspects of recent research and new discoveries
regarding the systematics and evolutionary biology of corals, particularly
the octocorals, as well as a synopsis of the history of thought regarding
the origin and development of coral reefs.
Subjects that will be covered include: a general introduction to coral
biology; the importance of field research and field researchers in making
significant discoveries and contributions regarding our knowledge of the
natural world; coral reef theory; deep-water corals biodiversity
and new discoveries; and the importance of research and monitoring with
applications to our developing understanding of climate change and the
impacts of climate change on coral populations. The talk concludes with
three underwater video clips showing the collection of the holotype of a
recently discovered and described nephtheid soft coral from 1000 m in
depth, a pulsating xeniid soft coral of Indo-Pacific coral reefs, and the
repeated partial rotation of a pennatulid sea pen.
Dr. Gary C. Williams is a Curator in the Department of Invertebrate
Zoology & Geology at the California Academy of Sciences, as well as a
Research Professor in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State
University. He received his B.A. from the University of California,
Berkeley, an M.A. from San Francisco State University, and his Ph.D. from
the University of Cape Town. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of
London and of the
California Academy of Sciences. Dr. Williams' main research interest is
in the systematics and evolutionary biology of octocorals (soft corals,
gorgonians, and pennatulaceans), as well as in the history of research and
exploration. He has performed field research across the tropical western
Pacific, particularly in Melanesia, the Philippines, and Micronesia. Dr.
Williams has also had research projects in the Galapagos Islands,
Patagonia, the Gulf of Guinea, Southern Africa, the Russian Far East,
Antarctica, and the subarctic.
Leviton, A.E., M.L. Aldrich, G.C. Williams, P.U. Rodda. 2010. Geology at
the California Academy of Sciences, 1853-1907. Proceedings of the
California Academy of Sciences 61(11): 547-573.
Williams, G.C., J.C. Delbeek, B. Shepherd, S. Wolters. 2010. Zooxanthellae
in ellisellid gorgonians of the Philippines. Proceedings of the California
Academy of Sciences 61(18): 647-648.
Williams, G.C. 2007. New species of the pennatulacean genera Acanthoptilum
and Stylatula (Octocorallia: Virgulariidae) from New Zealand and the
Campbell Plateau: both genera previously considered endemic to the west
coast of the Americas and Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the California
Academy of Sciences 58(15): 339-348.
Williams, G.C. 2007. History of Invertebrate Zoology at the California
Academy of Sciences. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences
Williams, G.C. 2006. Replacement Name Proposed for the Genus Simpsonella
Stiasny, 1940 (Octocorallia: Chrysogorgiddae), Precoccupied by Simpsonella
Cockeraell, 1903 (Bivalvia: Unionidae). Proceedings of the
California Academy of Sciences 57: 733-735.
Williams, G.C. and P.J. LÃ³pez-GonzÃ¡lez. 2005. A New Genus and Species of
Gorgonian Octocoral (Anthozoa:lexauridae) from Antarctic Waters.
Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 56 (26): 379-390.
Williams, G.C. 2005. New Taxa of Octocorals (Anthozoa: Octocorallia) from
the Northeastern Pacific Ocean. Proceedings of the California Academy of
Sciences 56 (5): 53-65.