The big bang: the impact of twenty years of molecular systematics on understanding the algae.
by Professor Juliet Brodie, NHM
Wednesday 28 November 2012
6pm (following AGM at 5pm)
Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF
Molecular systematics occupies a minute fraction of time in the history of science, but its impact has been transformative in revealing hitherto unrecognised diversity of life on earth. Furthermore, it has enabled us to see the extent of genetic diversity that is not necessarily reflected in the morphology of organisms. This has led to a fundamental shift in species concepts and as a consequence has profound implications for understanding distribution, rarity and endemism. In this talk Juliet Brodie will explore these ideas using examples from algal groups that she has studied and attempt comparisons with other organisms. She will also argue the necessity of using molecular systematics in understanding the impact of environmental factors such as climate change and ocean acidification.
The meeting is open to visitors
Wine will be served after the lecture to members and guests