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.
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
Report by George Eaton and Alexander Dernie