Public invited to Speight zoology talk at Gunnery

The Gunnery in Washington will present a program with Martin Speight, D.Phil, emeritus professor in zoology at the University of Oxford, England, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

The program will be held in the Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center, lower gym, at the school at 22 Kirby Road.

Speight, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marine zoology from the University of Wales, Bangor, and a doctoral degree in applied entomology from the University of York, will speak about the biology and environmental science of coral reefs.

The event is part of The Gunnery’s Speaker Series.

The community is welcome to attend the free talk.

During his visit to The Gunnery, Speight will also visit with students in the school’s biology and environmental science classes, where he will discuss 3-D mapping of reefs, the management of coastal fisheries, and the progression of the lionfish invasion in the Caribbean.

Speight has lectured at Oxford University since 1975 and became a Tutorial Fellow in Biology at St. Anne’s College in Oxford in 1978.

He was a reader of Zoology and associate professor at Oxford and served for more than 10 years as director of undergraduate teaching and admissions coordinator for the Biological Sciences at Oxford prior to his retirement in October 2017.

Speight serves as an emeritus fellow in biology at St. Anne’s, and as scientific advisor and science communicator with Operation Wallacea, a conservation research organization.

He also is a trustee and chairman of the Wallacea Trust.

Speight’s research interests include tropical ecology, rainforest impacts and animal diversity, and coral reef ecology including mangroves and seagrass.

His work has taken him to Honduras, Puerto Rico, Tobago, the British Virgin Islands, Zanzibar (Tanzania), Kenya, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Indonesia and Australia.

His publications include “Insect Pests in Tropical Forests,” 2001 (second edition 2010) with Ross Wylie, “Ecology of Insects: Concepts and Applications” (second edition 2008) with Mark D. Hunter and Allan D. Watt, and “Marine Ecology” (2009) with Peter Henderson.

For information, call 860-350-0177.