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Professor Martin Speight

Professor Martin Speight

On Monday 19th January at 8:30pm, Professor Martin Speight of Oxford University Department of Zoology came to speak on the work he has been carrying out in recent years. Professor Speight has set up marine research stations all over the world, but on Monday he mainly spoke about his Honduras station, the destination of many Radley College 6th form Biology trips.

Professor Speight began his talk by explaining how he supervises undergraduates as they carry out field tasks. One of these studies included looking at the different habitats of fish and how, if individual areas of a habitat are affected, there can be an impact on the entire population of fish. Professor Speight went on to talk about the conservation work that he does, including the study of coral reefs. He explained his belief that much of the damage done to coral reefs is in fact caused by naturally occurring events for example, a hurricane.

It was a very interesting talk, given by a highly-respected and knowledgeable biologist. The evening finished with an enjoyable drink and ‘bio banter’ in Mr Noone’s (Head of Biology) flat.

Report by George Eaton and Alexander Dernie

 

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