Heathcote Y12 Biology Students Attend Lecture at the Royal Linnean Society

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In September, a small group of Year 12 Biology students attended an Evening Lecture at the Royal Linnean Society of London. Head of Science, Ms Faria, tells us more;


The lecture, titled "Sampling the Deep" was delivered by Dr Kirsty Kemp, a Research Fellow at the Zoological Society of London. Her work is mostly undertaken in the context of developing realistic and sustainable management practices in the marine environment. She used storytelling to grab her audience's Linnean Society of London 2attention on a topic that can sometimes be seen by students as monotonous.

Before the event we were treated to a reception in the historic library at the Society and even had a chance for some sightseeing in and around Burlington House and Green Park. Anthony Gormley's small sculpture just outside the Society grabbed the attention of many visitors, including our group.

The stories about how the fishing industry of Greenland came to support the tremendous effort being undertaken by conservationists such as Dr Kemp to understand and preserve the biological diversity of the sea floor were absolutely inspiring and perfectly summed up in the final quote of the lecture:

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."

(Baba Dioum, 1968.)