Antarctica’s cryptic clues

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 5 April

Conversation room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Whit Welles via Wikipedia
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  • Speakers

    • Lavenia Ratnarajah


Standard £16


Concession £10


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Event description

Antarctica is the last untouched continent on the planet – or is it? Recognised as a hostile continent of snow, ice and treacherous weather, these frozen waters have stories to tell. How do plants and animals live there? How have humans impacted Antarctica? Oceanographer  Lavenia Ratnarajah  will discuss her Antarctic expeditions and the cryptic clues left behind from small microscopic plants to large baleen whales. 

About the speaker

Lavenia Ratnarajah is a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. After her BSc in Environmental Management from Monash University and her Honours in Zoology from the University of Tasmania, Lavenia spent 8 years trekking through mountains in 4 different continents researching aquatic life in alpine streams.  

She completed her doctoral degree on much larger aquatic life (krill, penguins and whales) in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica combining chemistry, biology, physics and models. She received the Royal Society of Tasmania and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania award for an outstanding doctoral research. Alongside her Antarctic expeditions, she is currently developing new numerical models investigating interactions between organisms in Antarctica from small microscopic marine plants to large baleen whales.

Throughout her career she has been actively involved in engaging the public in science. She has given numerous talks and workshops, appeared in newspapers and magazines articles as well as radio programmes around the world.


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