Talk: The evolution of blue and green shell colour

07 July 2024 14:45 - 15:15 The Royal Society Free Watch online

This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2024

Discover the fascinating world of shell colours and the rarity of blue and green shells. Dr Abigail Ingram will explore why these colours have rarely evolved, not only in shells but also across the animal kingdom.

Attendees will have the exclusive chance to closely examine a diverse range of specimens, offering a rare opportunity to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of these shells firsthand.

Abigail is a biologist with expertise in the functional morphology of marine and terrestrial invertebrates using electron microscopy and spectrophotometry. After working as a fish ecologist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Abigail gained a place at the University of Oxford to do her PhD in the Department of Zoology.  

Dr Abigail Ingram is a Royal Society Daphne Jackson Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London in the Invertebrates Division of the Life Sciences Department.

Attending the event

This talk will be held in the Kohn Centre on Sunday 7 July 2024, 2.45pm - 3.15pm.

  • Free to attend, no ticket required
  • The room has limited capacity, so we recommend that visitors arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the talk. We operate a first-come, first-served policy
  • This talk will take place in person at the Royal Society and will also be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel
  • Live subtitles will be available in-person and virtually
  • Suitable for everyone 
  • Travel and accessibility information and details on planning your visit - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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