Presentation by Erik Wapstra
Clarence Senior Citizens Centre 17 Alma St Bellerive.
Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 Commencing 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm
Erik Wapstra is the M R Banks Medal recipient for 2011
About the Speaker
Dr Wapstra is one of the leading Australian scientists in the field of evolutionary ecology. His work is interdisciplinary in nature, using a variety of model systems combined with field work and experimental approaches. His specific work, gaining international recognition, has included climate effects in reptiles; maternal effects and developmental plasticity; and sex allocation and sex determination. His research is of fundamental biological importance because it shows the mechanisms by which selection in nature produces evolutionary change. Erik has achieved significant contribution in publishing.
Brief Abstract of the Talk
I will be exploring evolutionary and ecological processes that affect reptiles in Tasmania from the evolution of live birth from egg-laying, the evolution of temperature dependent sex determination from ancestral genetic-dependent sex determination and how climate affects all these processes historically and currently and into the future.