The Australian Tropics next topic at Southeastern Science on Tap presentation

Thursday, November 19, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Australia, by far, has the highest number of reptile species of any country in the world, according to Southeastern Louisiana University Instructor of Biology Sean Doody.
     “Even when we consider Australia a continent, Africa, which is four times the size of Australia, has less than twice the number of reptile species,” Doody said.
     Doody will present “The (Thorny) Devil Made Me Do It: 20 Years in the Australian Tropics” as the next Science on Tap Presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tope Lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond, the lecture is free and open to all ages.
     According to Doody, the presentation will track one person’s reptile-driven passion for complete immersion into the animal communities of tropical Australia.
     “This is a research journey into remarkable reptiles across tropical Australia, exposing novel natural histories of lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodiles, and a few less interesting groups, such as birds and mammals,” Doody explained. “It will reveal the raw beauty and diversity of Australian landscapes and cultures and the challenges and dangers of working in remote places.”
     Doody said the lecture will cover a breadth of scientific topics, including ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, biogeography, community ecology, and the biology of invasive species. It will also highlight discoveries of reptiles’ evolutionary solutions to problems presented by their environment and by their predators and prey.
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

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