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Thursday 18 August 2022
5 to 7pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter

Dr Peggy Rismiller OAM,  Environmental Physiologist

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Enjoy a richly illustrated field science journey. Become immersed and learn about the secretive and mysterious lives of the elusive echidna and Kangaroo Island’s top native terrestrial predator, Rosenberg’s goanna. Hear about their fascinating biology, daily activities and intriguing sexual rituals from a field biologist who has crawled through dense understory, sat quietly in pouring rain and scaled trees to document their cryptic behaviour. How did these species cope with the Kangaroo Island bush fires? Come and explore some of the common questions and myths surrounding wildlife survival.

Free for RGSSA members and non-members are welcome for $10/person.

Presented by The Royal Geographic Society of South Australia.


Dr Peggy Rismiller OAM

Dr Peggy Rismiller is an Environmental Physiologist and is a key member the Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) at the University of Adelaide and the Pelican Lagoon Research and Wildlife Centre. The project, which involves citizen science was a finalist in the 2021 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. Over the past 5 years, Australians have recorded over 11,000 sightings of echidnas and collected 600 scat samples for molecular analysis of their diet and gastric health.

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