Columbia College Chicago

Science and Mathematics Fall 2019 Colloquium Series: "Darwin, Natural History, and Voyages of Discovery"

"Darwin, Natural History and Voyages of Discovery"
Presented by: Dr. Bruce Patterson, MacArthur Curator of Mammals, Field Museum of Natural History
Charles Darwin is widely celebrated for his revolutionary insights into biological evolution. We seldom step back to embrace his immense range as a natural historian. Darwin's voyage of discovery on the H.M.S. Beagle took five years and carried him around the world. But any natural history study can carry scientists through various scientific fields and integrate disparate phenomena. I illustrate this aspect of natural history studies with the Field Museum's infamous Man-eating lions of Tsavo. Different parts of the lion's story come to light via historical records, genetics, ecology, chemistry, and micro-anatomy, each perspective complementing the others. As natural systems continue to change in response to human impacts, threatening the Sixth Great Extinction, the integrated vision of natural history has never been more relevant than it is today.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

623 S. Wabash Ave., 405
623 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL, 60605

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School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Science and Mathematics




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Evelyn Oropeza

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