Christopher Wills, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, San Diego, will preview his new book, The Darwinian Tourist. The book will be published later this year by Oxford University Press, and will include 150 of the author’s photographs from around the world, above and under water.
Each part of the lecture will begin with an adventure in some remote part of the world. Each of these stories, illustrated with photographs that Dr. Wills has taken during his travels, will show how even more vivid and exciting the world’s wild places can be when they are seen through evolutionary eyes.
Some of these adventures, such as SCUBA dives in the incredibly diverse Lembeh Strait or an encounter with a wild wolf cub in western Mongolia, are the kind of thing that could happen to any reasonably adventurous traveler, including many in the audience. Others, like the experience of being hammered by a severe earthquake off the island of Yap while sixty feet down in the ocean filming manta rays, might be judged to be rather outside the ordinary!
As Dr. Wills explores the evolutionary implications of each of these stories, the audience will accompany him on surveys of billions of years of evolutionary time, the collision of entire continents, and the sweep of the evolution of our own species. The world will never be the same after you explore it through evolutionary eyes! Lecture takes place in the Gill Auditorium, 6:30-8:00pm. FREE.