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Travel Talks with James Costa “The Other Darwin: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Origin of Species"
Against all odds — lacking wealth, formal education, social standing or connections, Alfred Russel Wallace became the pre-eminent tropical explorer of his day, founding one entirely new discipline — evolutionary biogeography — and, with Darwin, co-founding another: evolutionary biology.

With the 2023 centennial year of his birth approaching, join us as we trace the epic trajectory of Wallace's life and thinking, from his meteoric rise in the 19th century to his virtual eclipse in the 20th. Along the way we'll explore the ups and downs of Wallace's relationship with Darwin, and critically evaluate the 'conspiracy theories' that Wallace was wronged by Darwin and his circle over credit for the discovery of natural selection.

Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis! Please note, this lecture will be recorded and shared with you.

Oct 20, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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James T. Costa, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station
Jim Costa is a long-time Research Associate in Entomology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and HAA Travel Program Study Leader. As Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC and Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University, he teaches biogeography and the history of evolutionary thinking. Jim has held fellowships at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and was awarded the Wallace Medal in 2017. His books include The Annotated Origin (Harvard), Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (W.W. Norton) and, most recently, An Alfred Russel Wallace Companion (Chicago). He is currently working on books relating to Darwin and Wallace for Princeton University Press.