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Evening Lecture: Our Current Biodiversity Crisis: What Did Gosse Ever Do For Us?

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tel: 01392 265858

Evening Lecture: Our Current Biodiversity Crisis: What Did Gosse Ever Do For Us?


Meeting Room A

John Spicer, Professor of Marine Zoology at the University of Plymouth, explores what Gosse contributed to our current understanding of, and approach to, biodiversity.

Biodiversity, life in all its manifestations, is incredibly beautiful, complex and essential for life on Earth. But it is also disappearing. In the autobiographical book, Father and Son, Edmund Gosse paints a picture of his father Phillip as inhabiting, but never quite crossing, the gap between naturalist and scientist. In this talk, Professor of Marine Zoology at the University of Plymouth, John Spicer explores what Gosse contributed to our current understanding of, and approach to, biodiversity. Is it possible that his son's assessment of his father misses something we vitally need today if global conservation is to be successful?

Part of the busy programme of activities linked to the RAMM’s summer exhibition, Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful.

Tickets are available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

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Adult£10.00 per ticket
Concession£8.00 per ticket

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