In 1964, the Charles Darwin Foundation inaugurated its Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin Research Station, now the oldest, largest and most successful scientific institution in the archipelago. Viktor van Straelen, one of the foundation's founders, is pictured above (at left) at the inauguration event. A half century later, in 2014, we have the exciting opportunity to commemorate this historic event and celebrate how far Galapagos research has come, and is going. IGTOA and the Charles Darwin Foundation are co-hosting a special event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Research Station on Monday May 12, 2014, in Berkeley, California.
The evening will kick off with a reception featuring South American-inspired tapas, beer and wine, followed by a fascinating lecture by acclaimed science historian, Galapagos researcher and Darwin scholar Dr. Frank Sulloway entitled: "New Discoveries in the Galapagos: What Darwin Might Like to Have Known." Dr. Sulloway has been carrying out research in the Galapagos Islands for 46 years. His lecture will focus on which recent scientific discoveries would most interest and surprise Charles Darwin if he were alive and was updating "The Origin of the Species." The presentation will interweave the latest understandings of the impacts of introduced species in the Galapagos; recent research on sexual selection, mate choice, nesting behavior and reproductive success in Darwin's finches; and new evidence that seems to vindicate some of Darwin's most controversial views on the priciple of natural selection. Dr. Sulloway's presentation will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mark Richards, Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley.
This event is brought to the public by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (of which AdventureSmith Explorations is a member), which actively collaborate to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands and promote scientific research there.
Charles Darwin Research Station 50th Anniversary Event Details
WHEN: May 12, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm
WHERE: The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley (across from UC Berkeley Campus). Reception in Tamalpais room and terrace. Lecture by leading Darwin scholar and science historian Dr. Frank Sullowy in Goldman Theatre.
COST: $125 per person, $75 for invitees of AdventureSmith Explorations, contact us for the promotional code. Note that this event will sell out; tickets are limited to a maximum of 175 guests. Buy your tickets here.
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