Encore: Galapagos Author Talks About 'Collecting Evolution' and Vindicating Darwin

Sep 2, 2019

The Galapagos Islands represent one of the world’s pinnacles of natural diversity as well as scientific discovery. It is the place that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, and has since become one of the last unspoiled ecosystems on earth. We're listening back to a conversation with the author of a book traces the the journey of a team of scientists who spent a year in the Galapagos collecting specimens that bolstered Darwin's ideas.

Darwin’s journey in 1835 was followed almost a hundred years later by an expedition by eight men on a yearlong mission to collect information and specimens on geology, entomology, ornithology, botany, zoology and more. The story of these men is compiled in “Collecting Evolution: the Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Charles Darwin,” by Dr. Matthew James, he's a professor in the Department of Geology at Sonoma State University.