Alfred Russel Wallace and his contributions to the theory of evolution by natural selection

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). Photo: Hulton-Deutsch Collection

Alfred Russel Wallace was a British naturalist who worked for many years as collector of birds, mammals and insects, such as beetles and butterflies.

He collected in South America and for eight years in the 1850s in south-east Asia, in what is now Indonesia. During this latter collecting he wrote his famous letter from Ternate on evolution by natural selection, which he sent to Charles Darwin. His contributions to evolution theory have often been overlooked or understated.

This seminar will review Wallace’s life and work, especially on evolution and natural selection, a topic of wide interest and relevance to ecologists and biologists generally.

Professor Sangkot Marzuki is the President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia). His scientific interest has been in the biogenesis of energy transducing membranes, and related human genetic disorders.

In 2010, Professor Marzuki received the Order of Australia for his ongoing service to Australia-Indonesia relations through scientific collaborations and for promoting Australian tertiary education in Indonesia.

Professor Marzuki graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Indonesia in 1968, obtained his M.Sc. from Mahidol University in Bangkok (1971), and Ph.D. from Monash University (1975).

Institute for Applied Ecology Seminar Series

Date & time

11.30am–12.30pm 1 December 2017


Building 6, Level C, Room 12, University of Canberra


Professor Sangkot Marzuki, Indonesian Academy of Sciences


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