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


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.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.