Guest Speaker: Dr George McGavin – Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions

Dr George McGavin

Dr George McGavin

Dr George McGavin is the presenter of Dissected: The Incredible Human Hand and Foot for BBC4 and Monkey Planet for BBC1, and his film Alien Nations season in March.

George is also the presenter of the multi award winning After Life – The Science of Decay for BBC4, the co-presenter of Prehistoric Autopsy and he also frontedMiniature Britain for BBC 1 and Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony for BBC4 .

He is also an accomplished broadcaster having made many programmes for the BBC including the phenomenally successful ‘Lost Lands’ expedition series.

George is also a regular contributor to The One Show (BBC1). He also recently presented the Radio 4 programme The Etymology of Entomology .

Dr George McGavin is an Honorary Research Associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate of The Department of Zoology of Oxford University. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society, The Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Fellow of The Society of Biology. His research has taken him from the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea to the caves of Thailand and from the jungles of Belize to the savannas of Tanzania. George studied Zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London. George has written numerous books on insects and other animals. Acknowledged as an engaging and entertaining speaker George regularly speaks to audiences about insects, ecology, evolution, conservation and exploration.George McGavin has several insect species named in his honour and hopes they survive him.

Dr George McGavin

Dr George McGavin

See George McGavin’s Marvellous Minibeasts HERE

George’s new book Bugs: A Pop-up Journey into the World of Insects, Spiders and Creepy-Crawlies’ is published by Walker Books and out now

Presentation

Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions

Insects are the most diverse and successful group of multi-cellular animals on Earth. They were the first species to colonise the land and the air and in their 450 million year history they have become a keystone in global ecosystems. Without them the world would be a very different place and we, along with most other terrestrial species, would become extinct. But insects have a dark side – they have changed the short course of human history by killing hundreds of millions of people and destroying their crops.

Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCLan, Preston, UK, 6th June, 1700 – 2100 BOOK NOW

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