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I'm always happy to come along to places and talk about earthworms. Do get in touch if you'd like me to give a talk. In the meantime below you'll see information about some talks I'm giving in the near future.

What earthworms know about climate change
 
This is a repeat of the talk I gave at the Rutherford Appleton Las last January. This time I'm giving it further north!

It has been known for a long time that earthworms help keep soil healthy but that's far from the end of the story for these fascinating animals. This talk, by STFC Fellow Professor Mark Hodson, will consider one of the ways that earthworms can impact on the carbon cycle and potentially climate change and also how earthworm poo can be used by archaeologists and climate scientists to reconstruct past climates.
 
When: 1900-2000 20th June 2014
Where: Daresbury Laboratory, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4AD (Directions)
Who: Interested members of the public from around School year 10 upwards
How much: It's free but you need to book here, call +44 (0)1925 603040 or email to reserve a place


Metal munching earthworms
I will be joining two others (programme to be announced soon) at Otley's Science Café - three short talks of c. 10 minutes then time for questions.

When: 1930-2130 20th March 2014
Where: Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN
Who: Interested members of the public
How much: I don't know but unlikely to be much (I'm cheap!)

Climate week at Howsham Mill
I will be talking about how we detect past climate change at Howsham Mill as part of climate week. There will be two 30 minute talks around about lunch time and plenty of time for questions as well as looking around the Mill.

When: 1230 Sunday 9th March 2014
Where: Howsham Mill (directions)
Who: Interested members of the public
How much: It's free

Metal munching earthworms - evolution in action
 
For evolution to occur there must be an environmental stress driving natural selection. In this talk, for the Wharfdale Naturalists Society, I will show how mining activity that ceased in the early to mid 1900s provided the environmental stress to drive the evolution of earthworms.
 
When: 1930 8th October 2013
Where: Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley
Who: Interested members of the public
How much: It's free



 

 
Time travelling to past environments - what can we learn from earthworm poo?
 
Come along to family sunday at the British Science Associations annual science festival. I'll be there talking about earthworm poo and past climates and there will be lots of other interesting stuff to hear about and do as well.
 
When: 1000 - 1600 8th September 2013
Where: University of Newcastle, Culture lab
Who: Interested members of the public
How much: It's free
 
What have earthworms ever done for us?
 
In his book on earthworms Darwin suggested that few
“other animal
s have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures”. The role of earthworms in keeping soils fertile is well established but there is more to these fascinating creatures than meets the eye. This talk considers how earthworms can help us interpret past climates, design novel materials and what happens when earthworms turn bad…
 
When: 1930 1st May 2013
Who: Interested members of the public
How much: It's free
 
What earthworms know about climate change
 
It has been known for a long time that earthworms help keep soil healthy but that's far from the end of the story for these fascinating animals. This talk, by STFC Fellow Professor Mark Hodson, will consider one of the ways that earthworms can impact on the carbon cycle and potentially climate change and also how earthworm poo can be used by archaeologists and climate scientists to reconstruct past climates.
 
When: 1330-1430 and 1900-2000 25th Jan 2013
Where: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX (Directions)
Who: Interested members of the public from around School year 10 upwards
How much: It's free but you need to book here, call +44 (0)1235 445959 or email to reserve a place

Time travelling to climates of the past
 
Knowing how the climate changed in the past helps us predict how it will change in th
e
future. Join time travelling environmental scientists Mark Hodson and Emma Versteegh as they demonstrate how we can use rocks in caves, shell fish and even earthworm poo to take the temperature of the planet long ago. The demonstrations will be followed by a tour of the Oxford University Earth Science department research laboratories.
 
When: 1400 - 1600 9th March 2013
Where: Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3AN (Map)
Who: Interested members of the public from around School Year 10 upwards
How much: It's free, just turn up
 
This event is part of the Oxford Science festival
 
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