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2012 President's Lecture
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The big bang: the impact of twenty years of molecular systematics on understanding the algae.

Wednesday 28 November 2012 at the Linnean Society, London

Juliet Brodie Professor Juliet Brodie
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

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Abstract

Molecular systematics occupies a minute fraction of time in the history of science, but its impact has been transformative in revealing hitherto unrecognised diversity of life on earth. Furthermore, it has enabled us to see the extent of genetic diversity that is not necessarily reflected in the morphology of organisms. This has led to a fundamental shift in species concepts and as a consequence has profound implications for understanding distribution, rarity and endemism. In this talk I will explore these ideas using examples from algal groups I have studied and attempt comparisons with other organisms. I will also argue the necessity of using molecular systematics in understanding the impact of environmental factors such as climate change and ocean acidification.

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Wine will be served after the lecture to members and guests

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