Dr Erica McAlister

Wednesday, January 18 2017 at 7:30PM

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Dr Erica McAlister

What's the talk about?

Why do we need flies?  Well for many reasons from the disposal of dead bodies to our continued enjoyment of chocolate.

Dr McAlister is the Collections Manager for Diptera, Siphonaptera, Archnida and Myriapoda at the National History Museum and oversees a collection of between 3-4 million specimens.  Her specific interests lie within Diptera (true flies), Asilidae (robber or assassin flies) and Mycetophilidae (small flies including gnats).  Her mission is to make us all feel differently about flies - and if you're sceptical about that then come and hear why you might change your mind.

Dr McAlister has been involved in a range of international projects where her expertise is helping with research work involving the mosquito, pollinators and viruses.  Additonally she is very much involved in Public engagement both within the museum and externally.  Externally she has presented a Radio 4 series on Insects (Who's the Pest) as well as appearing in many others (Radio 3, 4 and BBCLondon). She presents talks to Natural History Societies, gives talks for Cafe Scientific, Pub Science and has presented a Summer Lecture for the Royal Society.  She has also participated in Ugly Animals, Science Showoff and Museum Showoff.