Public Talk


Elisabeth Kalko-Gedächtnisvortrag – Elisabeth Kalko Memorial Lecture

Tuesday 27 March 2018 - 17:30-18:30 - International Conference Center Sorbonne Universités (CICSU) at Pierre Marie Currie University (UPMC), 4 place Jussieu - 75005 Paris

Species revisited – catching (up on) the cornerstones of biology

Sebastian Lotzkat

Research Associate, Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany

The age of discoveries is not over – quite the contrary, when talking about biological species one may say that it has only just begun! New species are discovered day by day, and never before have so many species been described each year. Using the example of Central American amphibians and reptiles, this colorful talk will take us through the adventure of species exploration: From the founding fathers of past centuries to today's students, from muddy camps in moisture-dripping rainforests to dusty collections in honorable institutions, from really-never-seen to just-never-recognized species. And while we're at it, we will take this opportunity to simply celebrate the astonishing diversity and breathtaking beauty of Neotropical salamanders, lizards, frogs, and snakes!


Sebastian Lotzkat: Reptiles from Panama




Foto: Gina Moog

Sebastian Lotzkat

Sebastian Lotzkat received his PhD in Biology from Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. As a Postdoc at the Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt’s Herpetology Department, he studies the diversity and distribution of Central American reptiles. To date, he has spent over 20 months inventorizing Neotropical herpetofaunas in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela, and co-authored the original descriptions of 18 amphibian and reptile species. Furthermore, he delights in communicating biological topics to varied audiences through print and online publications, guided tours, excursions, lectures, and science slams.