Zoology Seminar - 'The Secret Life of Flies', Dr Erica McAlister
|Dates:||21 October 2019|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
'The Secret Life of Flies' - Dr Erica McAlister, a senior curator of the Natural History Museum and alumna of the University of Manchester Erica will talk about her fascinating work.
Enter a hidden world of snail killers, silly names and crazy sex in The Secret Life of Flies.
From hungry herbivores and precocious pollinators to robber flies, dance flies and the much maligned mosquito, McAlister describes the different types of fly, their unique and often unusual characteristics, and the unpredictable nature of their daily life. She travels from the drawers of wonder at the Natural History Museum, to piles of poo in Ethiopia, via underground caves, smelly latrines and the English country garden.
She discovers flies without wings, rotating genitalia and the terrible hairy fly, while pausing along the way to consider today's key issues of conservation, taxonomy, forensic entomology and climate change. Combining her deep knowledge and love of flies with a wonderful knack for storytelling, Erica McAlister allows us to peer - amazed and captivated - into the secret life of flies
Travel and Contact Information
Lecture Theatre 6