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50th Anniversary Celebration of the Charles Darwin Research Station

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Which recent scientific discoveries would most interest and surprise Charles Darwin were he alive today and updating “The Origin of the Species?”

Find out Monday evening, May 12, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley at a lecture by renowned Darwin scholar and Galapagos researcher Dr. Frank Sulloway.

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 with new evidence that seems to vindicate some of Darwin’s most controversial views on the principle of natural selection.

Dr. Sulloway’s lecture will highlight an evening of celebration honoring a half-century of groundbreaking scientific research and conservation by the Charles Darwin Research Station -- the oldest, largest, and most successful scientific institution in the Galapagos Islands.

The enthusiastic response of staff and scientists to the Sulloway lecture when delivered at the Charles Darwin Research Station signaled that the presentation was destined for an even wider audience. And so the Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley will engage his Bay Area audience at 7:30pm Monday.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Prof. Mark Richards, Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley.

The special evening begins with a reception from 6 to 7:30pm. South American-inspired tapas, beer and wine will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Charles Darwin Foundation (www.darwinfoundation.org) and IGTOA (www.igtoa.org). It will celebrate the international partnerships that are helping to fund and operate the Charles Darwin Research Station, aimed at preserving the unique Galapagos Islands.

The cost is $125/person, $75 for invitees of CDF and IGTOA. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 175 guests and is expected to sell out.

Here is the link to purchase tickets: http://tinyurl.com/olsk45m

The David Brower Center is located at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, across from UC Berkeley Campus.

My own fascination with the Galapagos Islands stems from a journey made in 2006 with Galapagos Network (www.ecoventura.com), a member of IGTOA, the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association.

Here are links to two of my articles about the trip:

Following Darwin’s footsteps in the Galapagos Islands

Following Darwin’s footsteps in the Galapagos Islands, Part 2

and one to my slide show