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Drivers of Freshwater Fish Biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika, Africa's Inland Sea

 Jimena Golcher-Benavides

Jimena Golcher-Benavides, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Location: Mahale Mountains National Park, the largest protected area in the Tanzanian shore of Lake Tanganyika, East Africa 
Team: Jimena Golcher-Benavides and PhD advisor Dr. Catherine E. Wagner (

Project Goal
How is diversity of living organisms on earth generated and maintained?

Fisheries in freshwater lakes around the world is under strong risk of collapse, mainly due to overharvesting. Comprising ~17% of the world’s surface freshwater, Lake Tanganyika also hosts ~300 species found nowhere else in the world, representing a biodiversity hotspot. Knowledge of the actual mechanisms driving and maintaining biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika may provide us with clues to prevent its future extinction.

Methods Used
Furthering test mechanisms generating fine-scale habitat partitioning using fish community survey data collected using SCUBA diving, morphological and dietary information (using stable isotopes 𝛿15N and 𝛿13C) from museum specimens. Also, to further describe the status of LT fish populations, using genomic tools (Restriction site Associated DNA sequencing, RAD-seq) and bioinformatic methods in collaboration with University of Wyoming Post-Doctoral Advisor, Dr. Elizabeth G. Mandeville.

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