What's on: AMRI Seminar Series

The Australian Museum Research Institute hosts a monthly series of short talks showcasing current research at the Australian Museum.

AMRI Seminar Series #2

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Event Type:
Special event
01.00 PM to 02.00 PM

The seminar consists of snapshots of new results or ongoing projects designed to keep our staff informed, but are also open to members of the public with an interest in scientific research.

Wednesday 15 July

Floral mimicry in the orchid mantis Hymenopus coronatus
Dr James O'Hanlon, Science Communication, Australian Museum

The orchid mantis, a species of predatory insect from South East Asia, is like no other animal on Earth. Rather than looking like an insect, the orchid mantis takes on the appearance of a bright white flower blossom. Since its discovery over a century ago the orchid mantis has become famous for its remarkable appearance but its rarity and elusive nature have made it difficult for scientists to understand why and how it has evolved this unique appearance. Using behavioural, morphometric and colourimetric analyses I test whether floral mimicry by an animal is possible and describe the adaptive function of the orchid mantis’ deceptive appearance.

Mammals of the Mesic Biome!
Dr Mark Eldridge & Dr Greta Frankham, Australian Museum Research Institute

Hear about some of the latest AMRI mammal research! Mark will be discussing his work on the Proserpine Rock-wallaby and Greta will be talking about the comparative phylogeography of three mesic zone mammals, the long nosed potoroo, eastern pygmy possums and swamp wallabies.

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