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School Visits!

Picture 447I would just like to say a really big thank you to the following schools who visited the Manchester Museum over the past couple of months. All the schools listed below had special sessions with the live animals and I have to say that it has been a real pleasure to teach such great kids. THANK YOU!! 


Cribden House School, Rawtenstall

Moston Lane School, Manchester

Cavendish Road Primary School, Manchester

Peel Hall School, Worsley, Manchester

Victoria Park School, Stretford

Oswold Road School, Chorlton

Aysnley School, Stoke on Trent

St Edwards School, Rochdale

St Francis School,  Co. Laois, Eire

St Cuthbert’s School, Withington

Meanwood Primary School, Rochdale

Knutsford High School, Manchester

Valley School, Bramhall  

Bretherton School, Lancashire

Grange School, Oldham

St Mary’s Primary School, Droylsden

All Saints Primary School, Gorton

I really hope all the schools had a very enjoyable trip, and if you were part of one of these visits, please feel free to comment below as I would love to know how your trip went.

Fish to Frogs!


Ron Gagliardo and I looking into the worlds largest aquarium! probably..

Ron Gagliardo and I looking into the worlds largest aquarium! probably..

Well, I’m just about over my jetlag after flying back to Manchester, but what a wonderful visit to America it was. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone at Atlanta Zoo and also the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, who made me very welcome. My talk  seemed to be very well received and I even got to go behind the scenes and meet people at the Georgia Aquarium, which was such an amazing place. Here they have the largest Aquarium in the world – holding approx 6.3 million gallons of saltwater!  

Big SaturdayBack to Manchester, and to water of a different kind :-),  where we had a great ‘Big Saturday’ at the Museum last weekend. It was so nice to see so many interested people attend the session, and great to meet those who came especially for the frog talk. Thanks a million. I would also like to say a quick thanks to the many teachers who came to the learning team’s talk at the Museum yesterday. I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I enjoyed meeting you all!  

 Manchester Museum: Video and pics from Go Green Big Saturday on the Enquire blog http://is.gd/UQjH:

Atlanta Zoo: http://www.zooatlanta.org/

Atlanta Botanical Gardens: http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/home.do

Georgia Aquarium: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

Bank Holiday Talk!

Apart from giving talks for under 12’s in the Museum, over the forthcoming months I am also very pleased to be giving several other presentations. Its always a pleasure for me to talk on my favourite subject – but be warned that its hard to stop me once I start! During some of the talks I will be highlighting the plight of the worlds amphibians and talking from a personal perspective about the conservation of some of the rarest and most fragile species. Most of  the talks will be between 40 minutes to an hour in length and will focus mainly on my work, conserving endangered frogs, and the importance of education and research. If you have the opportunity to come along then it would be great to meet you. At some events I will have some of the live frogs in question with me, but at all of them I will be making plenty of time for a chat afterwards.  The dates for the talks so far are as follows:   

3rd June –  Altlanta Zoo, GA, USA . 12 noon. For further info contact: ron@amphibianark.org

6th June – Manchester Museum, UK,  Go green! (For over 12yr old) 2pm in the Kanaris Theatre: http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/june/

9th June – Manchester Museum, UK, (For Science Teachers) also see: http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/learning/

12th June – Manchester University, UK, Smith Building 6pm (For students, staff and public over 12 years old) Contact richard.preziosi@manchester.ac.uk

23rd June – Manchester Museum, UK, (For secondary students) http://learningmanchester.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/meet-the-scientist-with-his-frogs-and-reptiles/

15th July – Manchester Museum, UK, (For secondary students) see above for details.

16th July – Manchester Museum, UK, (For secondary students) see above for details.

8th August – Manchester Museum, UK,  Nature Discovery Day session (For over 12 years olds) Details to follow.

31st August – SciBar, Didsbury, Manchester, UK. 6.30pm http://www.scibar.info/

Undergraduate teaching 2009

img_5904Over the past month I have had a particularly busy teaching period, which has been great because its something I really enjoy. Apart from contributing to sessions for some of the many schoolchildren who visit the Museum, I have also taught about 180 undergraduate students. The last lesson I ran was on Friday, and I would just like to say a big thanks to all the colleagues and demonstrators  who helped me deliver the session.  Here are some photos taken during the 2009 session

ADDITION: Below are links to photographs taken during other similar undergraduate teaching sessions delivered since:

Zoology student practicals (photos from 2010)

Biology student practicals (photos from 2010)

Photos from 2011