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Galápagos 2021: New Clues from Evolution for Today's Conservation Challenges with Bill Durham, ’71

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
How did Boobies get those bright blue feet?  A new answer helps guide conservation efforts to reverse their worrisome species decline. In these islands so famous for land bird diversity, why is there just one species of Galápagos rail? Here, too, new insights from evolution fuel timely leads for conservation.
 
Bill Durham, ’71, the Bing Professor in Human Biology, Emeritus and co-director of Stanford’s sustainability project in the Osa and Golfito region of Costa Rica, INOGOProfessor Durham’s career has focused on two main themes: (1) putting principles of evolution to work in sustaining biological and cultural diversity; and (2) identifying social dimensions of environmental problems in Latin America and working with local leaders to help solve them. In 1992, he started Stanford’s Travel/Study program of Field Seminars, bringing current students together with alumni for experiential learning in the Galápagos Islands, Patagonia, Peru, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. He has received the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, as well as five awards for research and teaching at Stanford. In 1999, Bill received The Richard W. Lyman Award for exceptional service to Stanford alumni.
 
The Stanford Bookstore will be on-site for a sales and signing before and after this program and the author will be available to sign books after the talk. 
 
Bill's new book from Oxford University Press (2021) is entitled, Exuberant Life: Evolutionary Approaches to Conservation in Galapagos. All proceeds go to conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galapagos.
 
Admission for Classes Without Quizzes and Tours is included in the daily and all-access passes.They are all first-come, first-served, please arrive early to guarantee a spot.Capacity: 587.