Renowned Galapagos expert, Greg Estes, will be at Casper College on Monday, Nov. 14 to speak on “Darwin and Galapagos.” The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. following the unveiling of the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Darwin exhibit: “Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory at 5:30 p.m.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Greg’s caliber come to Casper College to speak on Darwin and the Galapagos,” said Will Robinson, Casper College biology instructor.
Estes first arrived in Galapagos in 1982 leading the Cambridge Darwin Centenary Galapagos Expedition to conduct research on the feeding ecology of marine iguanas. For the past few years he and his wife Thalia have been retracing Darwin’s footsteps through Galapagos using information from Darwin’s original notebooks and manuscripts of the famous voyage. Their research was published in “Notes and Records of the Royal Society,“ September 2000 and was the basis of their book “Darwin in Galapagos: Footsteps to a New World,” published by Princeton University Press in 2009. He is a licensed naturalist guide of the Galapagos National Park Service works as naturalist and expeditions leader in the islands.
The unveiling and reception will take place in the Goodstein Foundation Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Estes will sign copies of “Darwin in Galapagos: Footsteps to a New World,” and hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments will be served. His presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Roberts Commons Ballroom and will be followed by light refreshments. Both events are free and open to the public.
Estes talk is sponsored by the Goodstein Foundation Library, the Casper College Biology Department, the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center, Wyoming INBRE, and Casper College.