Life on Islands: Cycles of Arrival, Change and Loss

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The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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© Robert J. Whittaker

EVENING LECTURE 18:00–19:00 Thursday 18 June 2020

Remote islands provide some of the finest ‘natural experiments’ on Earth. Ever since Charles Darwin, island biologists have drawn on islands for inspiration and as test systems for understanding how the fundamental processes of dispersal, speciation and extinction interact. Recently, increased attention has been given to how the dynamics of the islands themselves, as they emerge, build, and founder, in turn affects the biogeographical play. We will review recent advances in the study of island life and what generalizations are emerging.

Robert J. Whittaker is a Professor of Biogeography at the University of Oxford, and a full professor (part time) at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Climate, GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen. A founding member and past president of the International Biogeography Society, he is a specialist in island biogeography who has published in particular on the ecology and biogeography of Macaronesia and of the Krakatau Islands.


  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30. Please note that the meeting room will open at 17:45, 15 minutes prior to the start of the talk.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception (£3 per glass).
  • Please note that Fellows-only tickets are limited to two tickets per Fellow (one for themself and a guest).

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