Tuesday Lunch Seminar: Snailing in the South Seas - the Partula story


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  • Speaker: Dr. Justin Gerlach, Scientific Coordinator, Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles
  • Host Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
  • Date: 09/30/2014
  • Time: 12:10 PM - 01:00 PM

  • Location: 2009 Ruthven Museums

  • Description:

    Partula snailDr. Justin Gerlach will talk about his experience in studying evolution and ecology on tropical islands and the Partula snails in particular. These snails are of unexpected importance in the development of modern biological sciences and the history of the snails will be outlined, from the first collection by Captain Cook in 1769 to the study of genetics in the 20th century. Most Partula are now extinct in the wild and the role of science in the efforts to save the remaining species will be highlighted.