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Wildlife Forensics

Join New Scientist and UNSW Science for a two-hour evening lecture and hear about the insects and animals that are helping to solve crimes, and the cutting-edge techniques used by wildlife detectives.

When: Thursday, August 17 2017. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: UNSW - Leighton Hall
John Niland Scienta Building, The University of NSW, Kensington, NSW, 2052
Topic: Environment and nature, Health and medical
Cost: $39 - standard price ticket; $29 - student ticket
Bookings: https://nswildlifeforensics.eventbrite.com/?aff=scienceweek
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New Scientist and UNSW Science present… Wildlife Forensics.

Did you know that maggots in a corpse can tell you the person’s time of death? Or that genetic fingerprinting of smuggled animals can help fight illegal trade in wildlife? Or that, thanks to Australian research, the DNA of 200 year-old koala specimens is revealing the effects of human activity?

Join New Scientist and UNSW Science for a two-hour evening lecture and hear about the insects and animals that are helping to solve crimes, and the cutting-edge techniques used by wildlife detectives.

SPEAKERS

Bryan Lessard – postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO

Bryan Lessard, also known as “Bry the Fly Guy”, will discuss the latest in forensic entomology – the use of insects in legal investigations. Not only is he passionate about flies and maggots, Bry the Fly Guy is famous for naming a newly discovered horsefly with a golden abdomen after the singer Beyoncé.

Rebecca Johnson – director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, and co-chief investigator of the Koala Genome Consortium

Rebecca Johnson will discuss her work as a wildlife forensic scientist. Originally a geneticist, she helps police and border protection agents piece together DNA clues and track down perpetrators of cruelty against wildlife. She will also talk about her research sequencing the koala genome for the first time, and what it might tell us.

Contact details:

New Scientist Events
Email: live@newscientist.com
Phone: 02 9422 2893

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