Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin

Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin

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Date and Time

  • Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.


Serra Hall, 200, Humanities Center

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




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.

Reception and book signing to follow.

About Matthew James:

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.


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