Darwin in the field: Collecting, Observation and Experiment

*11th – 12th July 2009*

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Saturday 11th July 2009

09.30 Registration & Coffee

10.35 Welcome to the Sedgwick Museum

Dr David Norman, Director of the Sedgwick Museum

10.45 In Darwin’s pocket

Dr John van Wyhe & Dr Gordon Chancellor, University of Cambridge &

University of Essex

11.20 Darwin’s Welsh Connections; the making of the naturalist and geologist

Rev. Michael Roberts, Chirk, North Wales

11.55 Darwin and the Geological Survey – an unlikely collaboration?

Dr Michael Howe, British Geological Survey, Keyworth

12:30 Live performance by ‘Pif Paf’ of “Under the Floorboards: a time travelling

adventure with the Rev. Adam Sedgwick…”

13:15 Buffet Lunch

14:00 Darwin’s Igneous Geology

Prof. Paul Pearson, University of Cardiff

14:35 Darwin in Glen Roy: The how and why of a “Gigantic Blunder”

Prof. Martin Rudwick, University of Cambridge

15:10 Classifying in the field: Darwin, Hooker and the permanence of species

Dr Jim Endersby, University of Sussex

15:45 From one finding of a few (Mastodon?) bones to a general theory of species

extinctions: Darwin at Port St. Julian in February 1835

Prof. Jon Hodge, University of Leeds

16:30 Tea / Coffee

17:30 – 19:00 Viewing of the new permanent exhibition ‘Darwin the Geologist’ in the

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Sunday 12th July

09:30 An appreciation of Charles Darwin’s fossil collection from the Falkland Islands

Dr Phil Stone, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh

10:05 Darwin’s coral reef collection at the Natural History Museum London: his lost exhibit, Cocos-Keeling atoll transect and subsidence theory of reef development.

Prof. Brian Rosen & Jill Darrell (Natural History Museum, London)

10:40 Like a /Megatherium /smoking a cigar: Darwin’s Beagle fossils in the 19th-Century

Dr Gowan Dawson, University of Leicester

11:15 Coffee

11:45: “I have hardly the means“: Charles Darwin, Transoceanic Dispersal, and the Geography of Science

Michael D. Barton, Montana State University

12:20 Was Darwin’s theory of coral reef formation the product of a particular place?

Dr Alistair Sponsel, Smithsonian Institution

12:55 Plenary and questions

13:15 Close

In order to register for this conference by the 19th June 2009, please send payment and contact details to:

Dr L. Anderson, N297, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing St., Cambridge, CB2 3EQ by 19th June 2009.

Conference cost: £60.00 per person

Method of payment: Cheque

Cheques payable to: The University of Cambridge

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing St., Cambridge, CB2 3EQ. (Email: [email protected])