Cafe Scientifique to look at biological curiosities of the animal world

17 March 2014

DR Alison Campbell

Evolution: Dr Alison Campbell will be looking at the science that underlies some of the curiosities of the biological world.

Getting to know some of the animal kingdom’s evolutional oddities is the subject of next week’s Café Scientifique in Tauranga.

The University of Waikato’s Dr Alison Campbell will take the audience on an entertaining pictorial journey through the byways of biology, looking at the science that underlies some of the curiosities of the biological world. “Barely Imagined Beings: the gonad-footed shrimp and other strange creatures" will highlight some of the little-understood examples from the animal world, which reinforce the often unusual results of evolution.

Dr Campbell is Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and a senior lecturer in Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on the disparate fields of animal behaviour and science education, with a particular interest in students' understanding of the language of science; gaps in student knowledge (and how to bridge them); and attitudes to the theory of evolution.

Café Scientifique is a forum for discussing science issues, where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café Scientifique series is organised by Julia and Warren Banks and supported by the University of Waikato. It aims to promote public engagement and make science accessible.

The next Café will take place on Monday 24 March, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Entry is $5.00 and refreshments are provided. For more information please visit: or email [email protected]

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