Talks

Available on the blog:

Not yet written up as above:


My lecture database currently stands at 25GB because of my copious amount of public lecturing; however, due to time constraints and the textless nature of my slides, I cannot dump them all here without writing explanatory texts – and that would take a very long time. So, if any of these (not a comprehensive list) sound interesting, e-mail me and I’ll work on it and get it up ASAP.

Arthropods

  • Arthropods as Human Food
  • Arthropod Brains
  • Arthropod Head Evolution: A Palaeontological Perspective
  • Arthropod-Plant Interactions
  • Arthropods: Higher-Level Systematics
  • Arthropods of Cyprus: Research Potential
  • Biology of xyz [where xyz = any arthropod taxa/taxon]; Spiders
  • Blood-Sucking Insects
  • Butterfly Wing Pattern Generation
  • Chelicerates
  • Crustacean Relationships
  • Evo-Devo in Arthropods
  • Hymenopteran Phylogeny, with a Focus on Basal Hymenoptera
  • Insect Collection and Conservation
  • Insect Development [also for other/all arthropods]
  • Insect Diversity [also for other/all arthropods]
  • Insect Evolution [also for other/all arthropods]
  • Insect Morphology [also for other/all arthropods]
  • Insect Physiology [also for other/all arthropods]
  • Insects and Oxygen
  • Tardigradan Physiology
  • The Pentastomida
  • The Winged Insects [incl. fossil record]

Botany

  • Evo-Devo in Angiosperms
  • Origin and Evolution of Angiosperms
  • Plant Defences: Ecological and Evolutionary Implications

Climate Change

  • Climate Change and its Effect on the Biosphere
  • The Science Behind Anthropogenic Climate Change

Ecology

  • Archaean Ecology [the microorganisms, not the geological period]
  • Cryptic Diversity: Implications for Conservation and Evolution
  • Serpentine Ecology
  • The Deep Sea

Evolution

  • Clearing Up the Commonest Creationist Fallacies
  • Coevolution
  • Development and Evolution
  • Evolution in the Mainstream
  • Levels of Selection
  • Macroevolution: Patterns and Processes
  • Natural Selection
  • Species Concepts
  • The Geographical Aspect of Evolution

Geology

  • Cyprus
  • Historical Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • The History of Earth’s Climate

Historical

  • Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Biology in Antiquity [Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman]
  • Biology of the Medieval Period [Arabic/Islamic, Christian]
  • Biology in the Renaissance Period
  • Biology in the Enlightenment
  • Beetles: 6 Millenia of Classification
  • Burgess Shale Centennary: The History of the Burgess Shale
  • Charles Darwin
  • Ernst Haeckel
  • Evolution at the Beginning of the 20th Century
  • Evolution since Darwin
  • Jean-Baptiste Lamarck; Lamarckism
  • Major Figures in the History of Evolution (1850-1950)
  • The Evolution of “Evolution”: Pre-Darwinian Thoughts to a Post-Darwinian Future
  • The History of Phylogenetics
  • The Rise of the Scientific Method

Palaeontology

  • Cyprus
  • Early Animals: Their Fossil Record and Its Significance
  • Faxe: A 63Ma Deep- and Cold-Water Coral Reef
  • Phyllocarida in the Fossil Record
  • Sites of Exceptional Preservation
  • Spiders in the Fossil Record
  • Stem-Group Arthropods
  • Taphonomical Windows: A Molluscan Example
  • The Evolution of Flowers
  • The Fossil Record’s Completeness
  • The History of Life on Earth [abstracts and links here]
  • The Hunsrück Slate: Post-1998 Discoveries
  • The Utility of Palaeontology for Evolution

Phylogenetics

  • Brains: A Case Study in Homologisation
  • DNA Barcoding
  • How to Build a Tree: Philosophy, Methodology and Problems
  • Metazoan Phylogeny: Old vs. New
  • Morphology as a Guide to Phylogeny
  • Principles and Rules of Taxonomy
  • Sponge Phylogeny
  • Systematic Wandering of the Deuterostome Mouth
  • Systematics of: Metazoa, Mollusca, Arthropoda (Crustacea; Insecta (Coleoptera, Hymenoptera); Chelicerata; Myriapoda; Stem-Group); Annelida; Deuterostomia (Echinodermata; Vertebrata (Primates))
  • The Bilaterian Common Ancestor
  • The Molecular Clock [Short version, Pt. 1 here]
  • The Philosophy of Systematics

Zoology

  • Alvinellidae (Annelida: Polychaeta): Life on Hydrothermal Vents
  • Animal Agriculture
  • Animal Diversity [All 30+ phyla, not just the famous ones!]
  • Ascidian Development
  • Bioluminsecence
  • Comparative Neurology [can be narrowed to any taxon]
  • Morphology, Physiology, and Systematics of xyz [xyz = any invertebrate taxon/taxa]
  • Parasitism
  • Senses in Basal Metazoans
  • Sociality
  • Sponges
  • Strepsipteran Parasitism
  • The Origin of the Nervous System
  • Wolbachia and its Effect on Evolution

Non-Biological Talks: Mythology

  • Creation Myths: Commonalities and insights from phylogenetics
  • Creation Myths in xyz [where xyz = culture, geographical area]
  • The Early History of Christianity

Non-Biological Talks: Philosophy

Non-Biological Talks: Pseudoscience

  • Astrology
  • Climate Change Denialism
  • Creationism [ideology, history, debunking of]
  • Pseudoscience
  • Quack medicine [homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, New German Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, reikki, herbalism, faith healing]

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