The field of phylogenetics describes how all living things are related, and can be traced back to a common ancestor (one of Darwin’s key insights). As you wander through the ancient geological formation of Launceston’s Cataract Gorge, a reflection on using mathematical tools to understand evolution, species diversity, and what ties us all together.
Suggested walking location
Find Cataract Gorge Reserve just outside the city center, where the South Esk River courses down a deep, rugged trench. Trails run along both sides of the river to give hikers a variety of excellent views. From the first basin there are multiple walks around the Gorge and a chair lift across the first basin itself. Click here for more information. The Gorge is mostly accessible, but there are some uneven and steep sections, and assistance may be required for wheelchairs and prams. More information for those using wheelchairs here.
Photo Credit: Luke Webber
Meet the presenter
Meet the musician
Photo Credit: MONA/ Jesse Hunniford
Brian Ritchie is a musician and curator residing in Tasmania. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Brian moved to Australia in 2006. Brian’s musical career extends across the fields of rock, classical, folk, blues, Japanese traditional music, musique concrete, and beyond. He first came to international prominence as the bassist/multi-instrumentalist with post-punk trio Violent Femmes.
Brian is a licensed Shihan (master) of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo Zen flute). His Japanese professional name is Tairaku. Shortly after moving to Tasmania, Brian met gambler David Walsh and they conceived of MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art).