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Sinking to New Depths in Pursuit of Rare Tasmanian Molluscs

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Hobart, TAS 7000

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A hundred years ago, local businessman and mollusc enthusiast William May chartered a steamboat to explore the waters off Cape Pillar, launching a home-made dredge over the side and, while picking through the catch, adding a couple of hundred new species of mollusc to the known Tasmanian fauna and to the TMAG collections. A century later, Port Arthur enthusiast Rob de Little, working with TMAG’s Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr Simon Grove, went dredging in the same waters. Comparing what May found with their findings blew expectations of what lives down there out of the water. Just how many species can such a small area hold? Will we ever get to the bottom of it? Join Simon as he wades into the depths of these species-rich waters at BeakerStreet@TMAG, a pop-up science bar at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 18-20 August.

About Dr Simon Grove:
I have a lifelong interest in invertebrates (animals without backbones), spanning marine, freshwater and terrestrial realms. Seashells and insects – especially beetles – are my special interests. I first took a serious interest in seashells at the age of nine, and shortly after that I started working as a volunteer in the local museum in England, helping to identify and curate their seashells and then other natural-history collections. Half a century later, on the other side of the world, I’m still at it: my current job, as Senior Curator, Invertebrate Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, involves maintaining, building and enhancing the Museum’s invertebrate collections, conducting collections-based research, and increasing the accessibility of knowledge derived from the collections, particularly online through web-sites (‘molluscs of Tasmania’; and the forthcoming ‘insects of Tasmania’) and through the Atlas of Living Australia. I have also published a book, The Seashells of Tasmania: a Comprehensive Guide.

About BeakerStreet@TMAG:
BeakerStreet@TMAG is a pop-up science bar at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 18-20 August - admission is free. Join us during the second weekend of National Science Week for three packed nights of intriguing short talks and hands-on workshops, live music, beer brewing Q&A, the 360 Cinema Dome, SCINEMA short films, a photography exhibition, storytelling, have a beer with a scientist, delicious local food and Tassie tipples, heaters and hot drinks in the courtyard, and more! Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of this talk to get a drink and find a seat - talks will start promptly at the advertised start time.

BeakerStreet@TMAG is free and open to the public but designed for an adult audience. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for talks is not required and does not guarantee a seat, but will be a great help to us (we're scientists and we like numbers). Registration for workshops is essential. For program details and more information, visit www.beakerstreet.com.au or get updates by clicking "Going" or "Interested" on our facebook event.

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