The picture is of Nishinoshima island.
IFLS has a story on what biologists are hoping to study:
Although the island is pretty barren right now, mostly consisting of bare volcanic rock, scientists are hopeful that in the not-too-distant future it will be adorned with flora, and possibly even fauna. And this is an exciting prospect for scientists, who will get the rare opportunity to examine life on the island as it gradually springs into being and changes over time.
“We biologists are very much focusing on the new island because we’ll be able to observe the starting point of evolutionary processes,” Naoki Kachi, leader of Tokyo Metropolitan University’s Ogasawara Research Committee, told AFP. After the lava stops flowing, Kachi says, various plant species may make their way to the island by means of ocean currents, winds and droppings from bird species that start to take residence there. The latter, combined with an appetizing mix of regurgitated food and decaying birds, should start to create some fertile soil for the plants to grow.
My bold. And, given my particular interests, I’m obviously especially interested if ID has any suggestions to offer on the direction of that research.
For example, if organisms are responding with pre-programmed responses (i.e frontloading) to environmental cues, has ID gathered enough information on that to be able to predict what’ll happen next?
Or what, if any, body plan limitations will we observe?