Lectures and Talks

The Darwin of the Coral: How Charlie Veron's Living Collections Came to Prophesy Future Reed Extinction

October 3, 2013

Andros Coral reef

Coral reef, Andros Island, Bahamas. © Dan Brumbaugh

After clocking more than 7,000 hours diving in diverse tropical zones of Australia’s Barrier Reef and discovering more than a third of the world’s corals, J.E.N. ‘Charlie’ Vernon developed a startling new controversial theory of coral evolution.

Lecturer and University of Sydney Professor Iain McCalman will describe more about Vernon’s discoveries and how a new digital form of coral collecting will shed light on the state of the world’s coral reefs, providing an early warning system of the global environmental changes currently underway. McCalman’s new book The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change is due out next May.