Dr Chris Cargill ‘Why you shouldn’t eat your crusts: adaptation and diversity in a remarkable liverwort’

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Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chris graduated from Monash University in 1978 and, after some years engrossed in liverworts as a research assistant, went on to complete her PhD at the University of Southern Illinois in 2000. Returning to Australia, she became curator of the cryptogam collection at the Australian National Herbarium in 2001.

Dr Chris Cargill will talk about her current research into Riccia, a remarkable liverwort found across the dry rangelands and temperate woodlands of Australia. Riccia has evolved extraordinary strategies and adaptations to survive Australia’s arid environments and is an icon of our fragile biological soil crusts.