Ben Warren is a post-doctorate evolutionary biologist in the Tropical Plants Joint Research Unit (University of Reunion / Cirad). He explains how species evolve in areas like the Mascarene Islands.
What's special about the Mascarene fauna and flora ?
Where did all the native species in the Indian Ocean come from ?
What causes two diverging populations to stop interbreeding and become separate species ?
Can genetics accelerate the description of threatened species, and thereby help in their preservation ?