“I am going on gradually with my Fauna Calpensis”

A miscellany of the history of natural history in Gibraltar.
13th July 2021
On Monday 19th July, Dr Alex Menez will be delivering an insightful lecture at the University of Gibraltar, drawing upon published and unpublished material to tell you a little about the rich history of natural history in Gibraltar through the life and works of John White, Willoughby Verner, and Anthony Wolley-Dod.
The talk will trace the beginnings of natural history studies to the ancient philosophers, including Thales (c620-625 to c547-546 BCE), Anaximander (c610 to c546 BCE), Hippocrates (c460 to c377 BCE), and Aristotle (384 to 322 BCE). Beginning with Strabo and Mela in Gibraltar, from about 60 BCE to 5 BCE, through to Portillo, Ayala, and others, ensuring that you leave the lecture with a greater understanding of how the contributions of naturalists from the past help provide inspiration to all of us to contribute to the study of natural history in Gibraltar.


Dr Alex Menez, the speaker, is a Biologist, who is an Associate Researcher of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences at the University of Gibraltar, an Honorary Fellow of the Gibraltar National Museum, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
Alex is currently researching the history of natural history in Gibraltar, including geology and palaeoanthropology, recently publishing several papers on these topics, as well as a book that explores the history of the Gibraltar Skull.


The lecture will be held between 6pm and 7pm on Monday 19th July at the University of Gibraltar Europa Point Campus. No advance booking is required.


Please note: Due to increasing cases of Covid-19 in Gibraltar, visitors to our Europa Point Campus are now required to wear a mask in communal areas. This precautionary measure also means that you will need to wear a mask during Monday’s lecture.