Iridescence in Science and Nature
Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine
Free; bookings essential
Best suited 16+ years
Join Museum experts in a discussion of iridescence in their fields of research.
Dr Michael Snow, Honorary Researcher in the Minerals Department, will discuss iridescence in pearls and minerals, demonstrating why pearls can be coloured both silver and gold, and the spectacular development of surface iridescence on a mineral undergoing a chemical reaction.
Steve Donnellan, Researcher in Evolutionary Biology, will tour the animal kingdom, exploring questions such as: How does iridescence contribute to animal communication? What’s the role of iridescence in sex and reproduction? How does natural selection drive the evolution of bright and spectacular colour patterns?