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IPL: Alison Cree: Primitive or just misunderstood? Evolution of function in New Zealand reptiles

Alison Cree IPLProfessor Alison Cree, Department of Zoology, Division of Sciences, presents her Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled: Primitive or just misunderstood? Evolution of function in New Zealand reptiles.

Alison Cree is a biologist born and educated in New Zealand. Since her student days Alison has been fascinated by the ability of New Zealand’s reptiles and frogs to survive and reproduce in cool climates. In particular, her comparisons between tuatara and geckos have led her to question the view that tuatara are in some way “unevolved” in terms of physiological function and life history.

Aware of the privilege of working with these special and vulnerable animals, Alison has also contributed to conservation research on skinks, geckos, frogs and tuatara. Studies of tuatara, which include the effects of introduced rats, the discovery of temperature-dependent sex determination and a reintroduction to Orokonui Ecosanctuary, have contributed to her recent book, “Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor”.

Alison has been a member of the Department of Zoology since 1991 and has served a term as head of department. In this talk Alison will present some highlights and reflections from her research career.

Date Monday, 9 October 2017
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Inaugural Professorial Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentZoology
LocationArchway 4 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East, Dunedin
CostFree
Contact NameJenny Leyden
Contact Phone64 3 479 7534
Contact Emailjenny.leyden@otago.ac.nz

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