Prof. Robert Poulin from the University of Otago, New Zealand, will be delivering his lecture at the Wallace Lecture Theatre in the Main University Building (CF10 3AT) on Wednesday, 4th April 2018.
There is a free drinks reception at the Viriamu Jones Gallery at 5p.m. followed by the lecture at 6p.m. Ths event is free and open to all members of the public.
What's it about? :
The mere mention of the word ‘parasite’ is enough to fill the average person with contempt and disgust. Even professional biologists think little of parasites; they are widely seen as degenerate organisms running counter to progressive evolution. Yet parasites are capable of amazing things, and the lives they spend in the nooks and crannies of their hosts are as full and complex as those of any other organism. Many parasites sense what is happening outside the host and adjust what they do inside the host accordingly. Others live in structured colonies with division of labour, a phenomenon we normally associate only with ants and bees, or with humans. Perhaps most impressive, parasites can take control of how their host behaves, turning the host into a puppet and making it do strange things for the parasites’ own benefit. Professor Robert Poulin will take us on a tour of the world of parasites, debunk several myths about them, and promote a greater appreciation of their unique biology.