Darwin the botanist - Mark Duffell - Friends' Lecture

19 October 2017, 7.30 PM - 19 October 2017, 9.00 PM

Mark Duffell, Arvensis Ecology

The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL

This lecture will explore the many botanical discoveries Darwin and his contemporaries made.  Starting off with his early years in Shrewsbury, seeing how he developed his interest in natural history, Mark will explore some of Darwin's lesser known discoveries and compare them to our current understanding.  Find out about the weird and wonderful world of plants from around the world, journeying through the tropics, arid deserts and mountainous regions.   Plants form more than the green backdrop to our understanding of the world around us and this talk shows how plants use others to spread their genes, distribute their offspring and even turn the table and consume animals.

Mark is a passionate botanist and horticulturalist and always keen to promote botany as a profession and vocation.  His earlier career was topped by becoming the Institute of Horticulture's Young Horticulturalist of the Year in 2001.



This lecture is organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

This lecture will be held at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL.

All lectures start at 7.30pm (except in March) and are free to Friends on production of their membership card.  Visitors will be asked for a donation (suggested £5).  Attendees can use any University car park: the nearest are in University Walk and The Hawthorns (no booking is necessary).

Disabled access: The University will make every effort to provide disabled access where possible.  Disabled parking is available and wheelchair access is by the ramp at the side of the main steps.  If you require support due to a disability please email Sally Meadows: hbfsjm@outlook.com