EI Guest Speaker: Erik Sperling – Podcast now available

Download a podcast of Dr Erik Sperling’s presentation titled, ‘Oxygen, ecology, and the Cambrian radiation of animals’ presented by the Environment Institute on Tuesday 5th June 2012.

Dr Erik Sperling (Photo from: Harvard University)

Dr Erik Sperling is Agouron post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, USA.

His multidisciplinary work on the early evolution of animals has spanned morphology, palaeontology, geochemistry and molecular genetics. One of his major current interests is the role of environmental change, particularly fluctuations in oxygen levels, on the physiology and ecology of early animals.

Find out more and download the podcast

Mike Young new Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University

Mike Young, founding Environment Insitute Executive Director, will today be announced as the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University for next year.

Professor Mike Young

The Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University was established in 1976 through a grant by the Australian Government, in recognition of the American Bicentenary, to further American understanding of Australia. Over this time, Harvard has invited distinguished visiting scholars on an annual basis, to hold the Chair and to present courses and seminars on topics related to Australia and its culture. Over this time the Chair has been occupied by some of Australia’s most outstanding intellectuals, including historians Manning Clark and Geoffrey Blaine.

In 2010 the Chair was renamed in recognition of the two prime ministers who, from opposite sides of politics, negotiated and founded this important initiative.

Read Mike Young’s interview with The Australian to find out what his plans are in this role at Harvard.

Read the University of Adelaide Media Release.