President’s Lecture

Dr Mark Wilkinson, Merit Researcher of the Life Sciences Vertebrates Division at the Natural History Museum, London, will speak on:

Morphology, molecules, methods and the discovery of caecilian biodiversity.

My journey as a systematist began through an inexplicable early interest in caecilian amphibians. My primary focus on the biology of this very poorly known group got me into taxonomy and phylogenetics at a time when the latter was going through considerable development in terms of data, methods and concepts. A variety of issues I first encountered then, such as what are species, which data is most useful, what methods are best etc., remain of concern today. I will try to address many of these issues in a narrative that combines theoretical musing with empirical discoveries in the discovery of caecilian biodiversity and reveals the interplay between the two. Mark Wilkinson is an RCUK Individual Merit Researcher at the Natural History Museum, London and the outgoing President of the Systematics Association.

  • Date and Time: November 28th 2018,  6 – 7 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Theatre,The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, UK

This event is free and open to all. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be followed by a white wine reception in the library of the Linnean Society.

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