The Sprigg lecture series provides visitors with access to the latest research and thinking around scientific and cultural discoveries at a local and global level and to engage with scientific ideas that affect them and their world, now and in the future.
These free lectures commemorate the life of Dr Reg Sprigg AO, a remarkable South Australian geologist who discovered the world’s oldest fossilised animals in the Flinders Ranges in 1946, now internationally recognised as the Ediacara fossils.
Sprigg lecture series: Dr. Emma Sherratt - The shape of life
When: Tuesday 9 October 6 - 7pm
Tickets: Free but bookings are essential
Animal life is remarkable in its diversity, particularly in the variety of shapes and sizes we see around us today, and in some ways even more remarkably in those life forms that have long gone extinct. How does this variation come about? And is it limited in its possibilities, or infinite? Dr Emma Sherratt will talk about the scientific study of animal form and whether evolution has explored all of the possibilities.
Dr Emma Sherratt is a Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, and she is originally from Great Britain. She is a world expert in the analysis of animal form and evolution. Her research spans animals big and small, from sea snakes to scallops, frogs to fossil lizards, and mammals to cuckoo eggs.
Previous Sprigg lectures
Professor John Tibby, Mega-droughts and flooding rains: the natural climate history of eastern Australia, June 2018
Dr. Mike Lee, Snakes with legs and dinosaurs with wings, April 2018
Dr. Phil Weinstein, Biodiversity and human health, November 2017.
Dr. Liz Reed, Naracoorte’s fossil caves: extraordinary windows into Australia’s recent past, August 2017
Dr. Peter Veth, Kimberley Visions: rock art dynamics of northern Australia, May 2017
Professor Aaron Corn, The Didjeridu: an Australian icon, March 2017
Professor Rachael Popelka-Filcoff, Spectroscopic Views into the Past,: Characterisation of Aboriginal Australian Pigments at the South Australian Museum, April 2016