“You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family,” Charles Darwin’s dad once told him. Darwin failed to become a doctor, but he succeeded in changing how we see life on Earth. Darwin developed the theory central to understanding biology, all the while trying to live down the reputation of his quirky, libertine grandfather. Michon Scott will share her experiences as she traced the presence of Charles Darwin on some of the Galapagos Islands and in England, and will also talk about evolution, Charles Darwin’s life, and his grandfather Erasmus Darwin.
Michon Scott is a science writer for Climate.gov and a web designer at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder. In her spare time she maintains a website about the history of paleontology and biology at www.strangescience.net