Shaun of the Dead

GRRR ARGH! After a sellout show at Glasgow Science Festival last year, “Zombie Science” is back with a brand new show for 2014. Uncover the dark complexity of the zombie brain with an interactive lecture from the Zombie Institute of Theoretical Studies – then pitch your zombie questions to (living) brains from the University of Glasgow. Dr Shaun Killen is one such brain. 

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Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a biologist at the University of Glasgow. I mainly study animal physiology and behaviour. I did my PhD in marine biology and so most of my work ends up focussing on fish.

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

Some marine biologist colleagues and I are having a panel discussion about the science behind the film Jaws. Jaws is awesome, but besides science I’m also passionate about terrible horror films. Which is probably why I’ve also been asked to come talk about the science of zombies.

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?

The main tower at the University of Glasgow looks a lot like Hogwarts. Take the opportunity to go there and re-enact scenes from Harry Potter.

Favourite Scottish food and drink?

Tunnock’s Teacakes. Those things are dangerous. And Williams Bros. beer.

Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.

There are more species of fish than all other vertebrates combined. You should start preparing now to appease our eventual fish overlords.

Ask Shaun your best zombie questions at “Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead” this Thursday at The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available online. Tweet your zombie questions to @GlasgowSciFest or email sciencefestival@glasgow.ac.uk.

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