CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Mapping the world’s reptile distributions

SPEAKER: Professor Shai Meiri, Curator of Land Vertebrates, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

DATE: Friday, 13th September 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood – Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)


Over the last years I have been working with a group of herpetologists and ecologists to document and map the diversity of all the world’s reptile species. Despite reptile numbers growing by ~200 species annually we have recently managed to obtain a rough draft of the ranges of some 99% of the world’s 11,000 or so species, and are now working hard to further improve it.

I will explain how we have done this, what needs to be taken with a largish grain of salt, and what scientific and conservation projects we are using these data for nowadays, or aim to use them for in the near future.


PhD: Tel Aviv University, postdoc: Imperial College London, now: Assoc. Prof. at Tel Aviv University, and on a sabbatical in Monash for a year.

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