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October 3, 2013

This is the 9th in our series of Wallace100 lectures.


How did Wallace's pioneering understanding of species distribution change science, and how does it continue to have an impact today? Find out in this free afternoon lecture.


Wallace's legacy: from biogeography to conservation biology



The Natural History Museum 10 October 16:30 – 17:30, Flett Events Theatre



Dr Tom Fayle, Imperial College.


Wallace recognised that humans played a major role in biogeography - the geographic distribution of plants and animals over geological time - a view that was not widely appreciated by his contemporaries.


Dr Fayle will discuss how Wallace's ideas have had a major impact on biogeography and conservation biology since the 19th century, with a particular focus on southeast Asian insects.


Tom Fayle is an ecologist, with an interest in community and behavioural ecology and conservation biology. He holds postdoctoral positions at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, and Imperial College London. His work focuses on tropical ants, and has taken him to Malaysian Borneo and Papua New Guinea.




As part of the Wallace100 celebrations taking part in 2013, the Natural History Museum will be hosting a monthly lecture series. These lectures are part of the Museum’s participation in Wallace100, an international programme of projects and events celebrating the centenary of Wallace’s death on 7 November 2013. At these monthly events, leading biologists and historians will discuss different aspects of Wallace’s life and work. The series also highlights the significance of the Museum as a focal point for Wallace collections and studies.



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