Biodiversity Lectures

Lecture Series

Biodiversity – Past to Present

The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity - a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The National Museum (NM), in partnership with the University of the Free State (UFS), presented a series of public lectures during the year. Podcasts of these lectures are available here.

 

More is better: The essence of biodiversity
by Prof. Schalk Louw (UFS)

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Origin of modern large mammals in the central interior of southern Africa
by Dr James Brink (NM)

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(NM) Microscopic plant silica and the past
by Dr Lloyd Rossouw

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Equal rights for parasites
by Prof. Jo van As (UFS)

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How many flies in Africa? – Facing the challenge of describing the vast array of species
by Mr Ashley Kirk-Spriggs (NM)

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The reptiles of the Free State grasslands
by Dr Mike Bates (NM)

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Legless and semi-legless skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) – highly diverse, poorly studied and often of conservation concern
by Prof. Neil Heideman (UFS)

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Birds as indicators of environmental change?
by Mr Rick Nuttall (NM)

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Ornithophily and biodiversity
by Prof. Johann du Preez (UFS)

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Mammal diversity: good indicators of environmental health?
by Dr Nico Avenant (NM)

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Disease, biodiversity and climate change – a perspective
by Dr Pierre Nel (DETEA *)

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The influence of climate variability on the biodiversity of wetlands in the dry west
by Prof. Maitland Seaman (UFS)

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Kalahari - biodiversiteit in `n oogwink
by Dr Ziets Zietsman (NM)

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* DETEA – Free State Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.