Lecture - Diagnostic Radioentomology

11 February 2012 14:00

Location: Dorothea Bate Room, The Natural History Museum, London, UK.

Event description

Mark Greco is currently researching Diagnostic Radioentomology at the University of Bath. He is a Member of the Australian Entomological Society and a councillor for the N.S.W. Entomological Society. He has been involved in the management and application of Australian stingless bees and European Honeybees (Apis mellifera) since 1991. He contributed to the Whitley award winning field guide 'Native bees of the Sydney region' by Anne Dollin, Michael Batley, Martyn Robinson and Brian Faulkner, contributed to the book "Wildlife of Australia" by Louise Egerton and Jiri Lochman in 2009, and was awarded the F.G. Swain prize in 2006 for outstanding oral presentations at the UWS Innovations Conference. Originally a Medical Radiation Scientist, Mark is developing innovative methods for bio-imaging insects. He currently lectures, publishes and presents information on Diagnostic Radioentomology (DR) for the non-invasive study of insects using x-ray CT. In 2008 he received the inaugural Dr Eva Crane award from IBRA for best original research paper, where DR was described as an emerging non-invasive technique for behavioural, evolutionary and classical biologists who need to study animals without harming them. DR is now being adopted by other researchers at the European synchrotron facilities and Macro/Micro CT scanners to non-invasively study behaviour and morphology.

The presentation will commence with a brief description of Mark's research on Australian native bees, followed by a description and history of x-ray computerised tomographic imaging which led Mark to develop Diagnostic Radioentomology (DR) for imaging insects in a non-invasive way. Mark will then show some important new and old findings using his new methods and conclude with a discussion and some images of future research potentials for DR.

This talk is organised by the Quekett Microscopical Club but AES & Bug Club members are welcome. Please notify the Quekett Microscopical Club if you plan to attend.

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Event organiser: Quekett Microscopical Club

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