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Professor Lloyd Davis

Lloyd is an internationally recognized scientist, as well as an award-winning author and filmmaker. Currently the inaugural Stuart Professor of
Science Communication at the University of Otago, he has authored over 125 scientific publications on the behaviour and ecology of birds and mammals. He is regarded as a world authority on penguins. He is also an award-winning writer, photographer and filmmaker. His book Penguin: a season in the life of the Adelie penguin, which is a story of penguins and Antarctica as seen through the eyes of a penguin, won the PEN Best First Book Award for Nonfiction in 1994. The Plight of the Penguin won the NZ Post New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award in 2002 - the first time in the history of the awards that nonfiction had been awarded the overall prize. He was a recent recipient of a CLL Writer's Award - New Zealand's premier award for the support of nonfiction - to assist him with the production of Looking for Darwin, a book that seeks to discover the truth about God and Evolution. Looking for Darwin was published in 2007 and subsequently won the Runner-Up Award in the Whitcoulls Travcom Travel Book of the Year Award for 2008. Lloyd made his first film in 1985, with the then precursor to NHNZ, as Director and Scriptwriter for Eating like a Gannet. He was also Director and Senior Scriptwriter for Meet the Real Penguins, a film that has won 12 major international awards.

SATURDAY 31 October, 9:30 am
Professor Lloyd Davis, otherwise known as Professor Penguin, is a world authority on penguins. Here, he reveals that these box-office favourites are not the cute ‘mate for life' animals we've been led to believe. Penguins have been championed by the Religious Right as exemplifying “monogamous heterosexual nuclear family structures as an innate and desirable part of life.” Nothing could be further from the truth! This talk pulls back the curtain on the penguins’ boudoirs to reveal rampant infidelity, prostitution, homosexual behaviour and a variety of sexual aberrancy.

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