Discover more talks

A free public lecture at the Museum of Tropical Queensland on Tuesday 12 July at 12pm will reveal how new species are being described every day.

The talk by Assistant Curator Chad Buxton of the museum’s Tropical Biodiversity department, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the way an unknown organism becomes a new species.

Chad Buxton has recently joined the Tropical Biodiversity research team as assistant curator under Dr. Niel Bruce.

He is currently studying a group of tropical marine Isopods and is busy describing new species primarily from Australia but also other parts of the world.

Mr Buxton said his talk, titled “The Life of an Isopod Taxonomist: What goes on behind closed doors”, would surprise visitors.

“People who wondered what goes on in all those rooms stuffed with glass jars and specimens are in for a treat,” Mr Buxton said.

Through a multi-media display, you will discover and glimpse some very small and therefore rarely seen animals that are new to science and Australia.

You will also learn that once a species is described, the fun doesn't end there!

The lecture is part of the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Discover More Talk series, held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Locals enjoy free entry, through the generous support of Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

Event Details

12 July 2011, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Level One Theatre
Free with Admission