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Professor Andrew Hirst Inaugural Lecture

Wet, wild and warming: insights from aquatic life

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Marine and freshwater habitats cover the vast majority of our planet by area and habitable volume. Organisms living in these environments are diverse, have long evolutionary histories, and offer incredible adaptations to the challenges of living in a dilute watery medium. In this inaugural lecture, Professor Andrew Hirst will describe how he has used aquatic organisms to test and challenge some of the grand theories of ecology, physiology and evolution, and to develop new ideas on the challenges that water-living animals have to overcome.

  • From: Thursday 3 November 2022, 5.30 pm
  • To: Thursday 3 November 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lyth Building, Lecture Theatre, Lyth Building, Brackenhurst Lane, Southwell, NG25 0QF
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 2 November 2022, 5.00 pm
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Aquatic taxa show a wide array of lifestyles and abilities, allowing us to test critical questions and develop new ideas, from what drives sexual size dimorphism (the differences in body size between males and females in a species), to what determines the pace of life, and assessing impacts of warming and climate change. This lecture will draw upon a career that has taken Professor Hirst from the Great Barrier Reef via Antarctica to central Tokyo, with some fascinating scientific opportunities and personal highlights along the way.

Andrew Hirst has worked for the Universities of London, Southampton, Liverpool, Heriot-Watt and NTU, as well as British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. Recently he completed an 8 month Professorial Fellowship in Japan, funded by the University of Tokyo. His early career was as a biological oceanographer and zooplankton ecologists, spending many years examining small plankton under a microscope, at times in the wildest of ocean conditions. More recently he has worked on a broad range of ecological and physiological issues, including the impacts of climate warming and predicting the pace of life.

He has published over 80 papers and book chapters. He feels proud to have worked with some of the brightest and engaging of students and colleagues from across the world, and whose co-authored work will be drawn upon in this lecture. Andrew is the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, a post he has held since autumn 2020.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Lyth Building


Lecture Theatre
Lyth Building
Brackenhurst Lane
NG25 0QF


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