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PLEASE NOTE - DUE TO SPEAKER ILLNESS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. Aliens and wasps- nature’s ultimate gate crashers. Tonight we’ll take a tour through the world of unwanted visitors: the good, the bad and the ugly. Join us and take the chance of winning amazing Pint of Science goodies!
Biological invasions by aliens – species transported by human activities to areas where they do not naturally occur – represent one of the primary ways in which people are changing the natural world. Biological invasions are a consequence of a combination of factors - human choices, species characteristics, and environmental conditions - and so their study weaves together elements of history, biology, and geography. I will talk about some recent findings in the science of alien invasions, and present examples of the kind of problems that these species can cause.
The Point of Wasps
It’s official: you (public and scientists) hate wasps. I’ll be explaining why this is unjustified: wasps are wonderful and their importance in the ecology and economy of our planet is vastly under-appreciated. It’s time for wasps to step out of the wings and join the more loved insects (e.g. bees butterflies) as the ‘little things that run the world’.