Old Specimens, New Tricks
Lauren Gardiner, curator of the Cambridge University Herbarium, will talk about it's collection of over a million dried pressed plant specimens, collected over 300 years, from around the world. Including the original specimens collected in the wild by great scientists such as Charles Darwin, these specimens can be used in all sorts of ways never dreamed of all those years ago - from unlocking the DNA relationships between plants across the globe, to measuring the impact of climate change, to discovering new medicinal compounds, and determining the extinction risk of threatened species.
Tea and coffee will be available from 6:15pm
David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, off Pembroke St., Cambridge, CB2 3QZ
Admission £3, CNHS members £1.50, students with ID 50p; ARU Wildlife Scoiety & Cambridge University Nature Society members FREE.
Further details of field studies and other events at www.cnhs.org.uk