Victorian expert Matt McGee visits in February

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Victorian expert Matt McGee visits in February

Post by LewC » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:27 pm

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Matthew McGee received his PhD from the University of California, Davis. He then did post-doctoral work at the University of Bern, in Switzerland. At Bern, he worked under Dr. Ole Seehausen, the world authority on Victorian cichlids. (Seehausen’s Lake Victoria Rock Cichlids, published in 1996, was the 1st major publication about Vics aimed at hobbyists, and is still the most important.) During this time, Matt spent several years studying the lake and its fish, and, through his research and publications, has himself become a leading authority. Among his most important papers was the first detailed study of the Haplochromine extinction patterns that developed after the introduction of the Nile Perch into Victorian waters.

Matt is in his first year as a professor at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently on summer vacation, visiting his native U.S.

Matt’s talk is entitled “Lake Victoria Cichlids: Speciation, Extinction, and Recovery". The word from those who have heard this talk is that he is an enthusiastic speaker who engages the attention of all those interested in cichlids, Victorian and otherwise.

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