Collecting Evolution

History Museum of Sonoma County 

March 30, 2017

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa, CA, 95401

Collecting Evolution: Galapagos Islands, Darwin, and the 1906 Earthquake:

In 1905, eight sailor-scientists from the California Academy of Sciences set out on an 89-foot schooner from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands. By the time they finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science. They brought back over 78,000 specimens, validating the ideas of Charles Darwin and laid the groundwork for foundational evolution texts like Darwin's Finches. Despite its significance, almost nothing has been written on this voyage, lost amongst discussion of Darwin's trip on HMS Beagle. In Collecting Evolution, author Matthew James finally tells the story of the 1905-06 Galapagos expedition. James follows these eight young men aboard the schooner Academy to the Galapagos and back, and reveals the story before, during, and after their groundbreaking success.Matthew James is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Sonoma State University. He has been writing about the Galapagos in historical, scientific, and research capacities for over thirty years.

Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition That Vindicated Darwin will be released in March, 2017, by Oxford University Press, and will be for sale at the lecture. Dr. James will be available to sign copies.

Lecture Sponsor receives 2 tickets and recognition in the Museum's marketing materials. Lecture sponsorships are fully tax-deductible.

Purchase your tickets here online or call us at (707) 579-1500 during regular business hours or between 11:00am-5:00pm on weekends.  

The RECEPTION begins at 6:00pm, the TALK begins at 6:30pm.
VenueHistory Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street Santa Rosa, CA, US, 95401


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