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Field Adventures


Drop in

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Wednesday 10 May 2017

Please note this event takes place at the Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, UCL, University Street, WC1E 6DE. It is a 5 minute walk from Wellcome Collection.

There are 1.2 million species recorded as existing on our planet, but the total number may be 10 or even 100 times that. The idea of the intrepid explorer going into the unknown in pursuit of natural history conjures up romantic images of khaki and pith hats, but what is life like for the 21st-century field scientist? And what exactly might there be left to discover?

Join us for a series of lunchtime talks to hear six different tales of discovery and adventure from scientists who go out into the field discovering, naming and categorising the natural world.

The talks take place 13.30-14.30 on the following Wednesdays:

  • 22 February With Helen O’Neill, PhD student, Institute of Zoology and UCL Geography. Helen researches cheetahs and wild dogs to investigate the relatively unknown behaviours of these two familiar species of carnivores out in east Africa.
  • 8 March With Sam Jones, ornithologist, Institute of Zoology and Royal Holloway University. Sam is an ornithologist investigating the behaviour of tropical birds engaged in species identification and biological recording. He spends his field work in the remote tropical mountains of Central America particularly in Honduras.
  • 22 March With Erica McAlister, Collections Manager for Flies, Fleas, Arachnida and Myri, Natural History Museum. Erica looks after a collection of 3-4 million specimens at the Natural History Museum, She not only curates the collection but is actively engaged in adding to it through fieldwork around the world, identifying species of flies new to science.
  • 5 April With Akinobu Watanbe, palaeontologist, UCL Earth Sciences. Aki has carried out field expeditions in the Mongolian desert in the search for long extinct species of crocodiles and dinosaurs.
  • 26 April With Chris Yesson, Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology. Chris travels around the seas of Greenland exploring the seafloor for new species of cold water coral.
  • 10 May With Dan Nicholson, zoologist and tropical ecologist, UCL Geography and Queen Mary University. Dan spent a year in the Dominican Republic in the field investigating the natural history of the elusive mountain chicken frog.

These events are FREE. First come, first seated.

These events are a collaboration between Wellcome Collection and the Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL.

The conversation on 26 April will be BSL interpreted. To book a place with a view of the interpreter or for more information, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

(Image credit: Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France 1982. © Richard Ross)