by Greg Mayer
If you’re going to be in or near southeastern Wisconsin this Friday, March 13, the next presentation in “Darwin 1809-1859-2009”, the University of Wisconsin–Parkside’s series of events commemorating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication On the Origin of Species, is being held at noon in Greenquist Hall 101. My friend and colleague Frank Egerton will speak on “Ecological Aspects of Darwin’s Voyage on the Beagle“. Darwin’s five-year circumnavigation of the globe as a naturalist aboard the Royal Navy surveying vessel HMS Beagle was the formative event of his life, and greatly influenced all his subsequent work and views. Frank is an award winning historian of science, Professor Emeritus of History at UW–Parkside, and author of a biography of Hewett Cottrell Watson, one of Darwin’s key colleagues and correspondents, and of A History of the Ecological Sciences, appearing serially in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.
The event is free and open to the public. Directions to the University are here.