Predicting the diversity of fish in rivers
Princeton researchers published a paper in the May 8, 2008, issue of the journal Nature which shows that water dynamics play a pivotal role in the biodiversity of river networks. The team created a computer simulation that allows them to predict - based on rainfall measurements and on how rivers connect to one another — how many species of fish will occupy any given region.
In this interview, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton and the leader of the research group, explains that the model is expected to be useful in predicting the impact of climate change on fish biodiversity.
The lead author of the Nature paper was Rachata Muneepeerakul, a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton Princeton who received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2007.