After a hiatus of over a year due to the pandemic, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to our 2021 Virtual Smith Memorial Lecture.
NRF-SAIAB holds the annual Smith Memorial Lecture in memory of Professor JLB Smith and Professor Margaret Mary Smith. The Smith Memorial Lecture commemorates their legacy of discovery and research in Ichthyology and related fields.
‘Time and the River’ will be presented by Prof. Paul Skelton, previous Director of NRF-SAIAB.
Systematic ichthyology has, in the past 50 years, experienced extensive revolutionary changes in both paradigmatic and technological aspects. As a result, we have witnessed what can only be described as a tsunami of change in the understanding of earth history, phylogenetic relationships of freshwater fishes and the links between the two. This lecture explores these aspects with particular regard to the freshwater fishes of the far south of Africa.