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Once u-pond a time... Notes from a small ecosystem

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START DATE 23 April 2015
START TIME 04:00pm

Room C111, College Building, Middlesex University, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

Dr Steve Kett shares his fascination for ponds and their capacity to reflect in microcosmic form wider themes of evolutionary biology and ecology.

A pond reflects a city skyline in Moscow


Ponds are diverse and ephemeral entities found all over the UK landscape. As such they possess characteristics that both fascinate and frustrate researchers. 

I have been looking at (and falling into) ponds and similar small waterbodies ever since my youth and the allure of such tiny ecosystems has never palled. Their appeal is multi-faceted but includes a capacity to reflect in microcosmic form wider themes of evolutionary biology and ecology. 

In this talk I attempt to pass on some of my enthusiasm for ponds, their ecology and some of their denizens whose peculiarities reflect the multiplicity of ways in which organisms have applied evolutionary solutions to biological problems.


Dr Steve Kett is Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at Middlesex University and has interests in evolutionary biology, freshwater biology/ecology and UK natural history. When pressed he admits to research interests within fish and fisheries biology (lowland Cyprinidae and highlands Salmonidae), limnology, pond ecology/conservation and general aquatic macroinvertebrate biology. Steve is currently researching aspects of salmonid biology and hill loch ecology with the Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, the Rivers and Lochs Institute and the River Carron Restoration Project. He is the Linnean Society Liaison Fellow for the London Freshwater Group and has served on Council for the Freshwater Biological Association. He is still far more at home splashing about in ponds than when facing audiences.

All are welcome. No need to register, just show up.
If you have any questions, please contact or call +44 (0) 208 411 2896.

Photo: akk_rus, reproduced in original form under Creative Commons license.

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