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The Pill to Prozac: pollution to parasites
Wed 15 March 2017, 18:00 – 19:00 GMT
Inaugural lecture by Alex Ford, Professor of Biology, University of Portsmouth
The past 30 years of environmental toxicology has demonstrated unequivocally that ‘pollutants’ don’t need to be present in high concentrations to have dramatic effects of wildlife. In his inaugural lecture, Professor Ford looks though the history of pollutants, such as the contraceptive pill, that can change the sex of aquatic organisms through to the more recent accounts of antidepressants in the aquatic environment affecting the food chain. Using crustaceans as the model species, Professor Ford will discuss how fascinating aquatic parasites have both helped and hindered the search for scientific answers.
Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017
Time: 6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH