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.
- 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.
Part of Sydney Science Festival 2017, presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Doors open at 6pm
High Street, Kensington
Student ticket: $29.00