Distinguished Speaker Series:
Dr. Will Crampton
The Electric Amazon
Dr. Will Crampton
Associate Professor of Biology, University of Central Florida
April 20th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Cevíche Tapas Orlando (125 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32801)
Dr. Crampton describes his quest to understand and describe the biodiversity and sensory ecology of electric fish. He takes the audience to remote parts of South America and to the heart of the Amazon forest – the evolutionary crucible of the most diverse and complex ecosystem on the planet, and the world’s last great tropical wilderness.
About Dr. Will Crampton:
Dr. Will Crampton is an Associate Professor of vertebrate zoology at the University of Central Florida. His research team investigates the ecological, behavioral and evolutionary mechanisms that generate and regulate species diversity in the gymnotiform electric knifefishes of South and Central America. These remarkable fish generate electrostatic discharges, which they use to locate objects in the dark, and to communicate. An important part of Dr. Crampton’s research is the discovery and description of biodiversity, and to date he has described over 50 new electric fish species. Dr. Crampton obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Oxford and served as director of Biodiversity Research for the Mamiraua Institute in the Brazilian Amazon before conducting post-doctoral research at the University of Florida, and the University of Toronto. He joined the UCF faculty in 2006. Dr. Crampton has served on numerous expert panels and committees charged with setting conservation and monitoring priorities for the aquatic resources of the Amazon. His research has been showcased in BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel documentaries and he served as Scientific Director and Field Producer for the Smithsonian Channel documentary “Electric Amazon.” Research at the Crampton Lab is generously supported by grants from the United States National Science Foundation.