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  • September 26, 2020
  • 2.00PM to 3PM

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Evolutionary Times with Helen Pilcher and Adam Hart

Zoom

2.00PM to 3PM
September 26, 2020

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Evolutionary Times with Helen Pilcher and Adam Hart

Zoom

2.00PM to 3PM
September 26, 2020

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This event will be a zoom webinar, you will be sent a link to the webinar on the day of the event.

Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science and comedy writer. A former reporter for the science journal Nature, she has a PhD in cell biology and now writes widely for the likes of The Guardian, Science Focus and BBC Wildlife. She has a lifelong love of the natural world, and an overgrown garden that she says is ‘rewilded.’ Her latest book, Life Changing: How Human’s are Altering Life on Earth, considers how we have been tinkering with nature and altering the course of evolution. Humans are altering life intentionally, via selective breeding and genetic technologies, and unintentionally, by our collective actions that are changing the biosphere. As some species go extinct, new ones are evolving. Evolution is speeding up. We haven’t seen change on this scale since the demise of the dinosaurs. Join Helen as she explores the legacy created by this evolutionary mischief-making and explores how humans are changing life on Earth. 

Adam Hart is an entomologist and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire. He is a regular broadcaster for both Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, including documentaries such as Inside the Killing Jar, Big Game Theory, Raising Allosaurus, and On the Trail of the American Honeybee. On television, Adam has co-presented several documentary series, most notably BBC4’s Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony, BBC2’s Life on Planet Ant and BBC2’s Hive Alive. Adam’s latest book is Unfit for Purpose: When Human Evolution Collides with the Modern World (2020, Bloomsbury Sigma).