Deciphering New Zealand: Three Great Evolutionary Biologists

Deciphering New Zealand: Three Great Evolutionary Biologists
In association with ALLAN WILSON CENTRE, New Zealand, 2015 International Lecture Series : Deciphering New Zealand - Three Great Evolutionary Biologists New Zealand Studies Network is pleased to host an evening of evolutionary biologists who will be deciphering our ancient pasts and give meaning to being a New Zealander today. The evening will consist of three half hour lectures and include talks from Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, University of Otago ‘The Longest Journey: from Africa to Aotearoa – What does it mean to be a New Zealander’. Lisa will present her preliminary results from the first year of sampling the genetic diversity of New Zealand and discuss her findings in terms of their implications for understanding New Zealand’s settlement history. Professor Hamish Spencer, University of Otago ‘Laws about Cousin Marriage: Inbreeding Eugenics & Genetics’ will examine the history of various laws banning cousin marriage and discuss the scientific basis for these views. Learn more about the attitudes derived from concerns about the effects of inbreeding on human populations. And ‘The Genes of Language: Words as a Window on our Past’ with Professor Russell Gray, University of Auckland will talk about how the rich history of human culture is inscribed in the remarkable diversity of languages spread across the globe and show how evolutionary methods can be used to illuminate the origins of the diverse cultures we see in New Zealand today. To register for this event as seats are limited or for further enquiries about the Allan Wilson Centre, the speakers or the talks please email
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Time & Date

Monday, 15 June 2015, 06:30 PM - Monday, 15 June 2015, 08:00 PM


Room MAL 538
Birkbeck University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

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