DTP student Selina Groh brought Crocodile evolution to the public this Good Friday at the Natural History Museum London. Her stall offered members of the public at Museum Lates the chance to see crocodile specimens up close, including extinct specimens as well as modern day species. She presented a similar stall at Science Uncovered in 2015, also at the Natural History Museum.
Selina’s PhD aims to investigate crocodylian evolution, combining phylogenetics, diversity and biogeographic history in a multi-disciplinary approach. Crocodylians are one of the oldest living lineages on Earth, over 200 million years old. Selina hopes to construct a new, comprehensive phylogeny of the Neosuchia crocodylians, which evolved around 150 million years ago, in order to understand their response to past and present changes in climate.
Museum lates offers the public the chance to explore their galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks, stalls and other events. The evenings are extremely popular and give scientists the opportunity to present brand new research to a general audience. Science Uncovered is an annual event run as part of European Researchers’ night. Involving over 350 scientists, Science Uncovered offers activities, debates, stalls and behind-the-scenes tours.