Dr. J Bret Bennington
Professor of Geology and Chair
Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability
In 1835, Charles Darwin spent several weeks exploring the Galápagos Islands during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. Darwin’s main interest was geology, and his geologizing in the Galápagos made important contributions to understanding the formation of volcanic islands. At the same time, he made collections of the flora and fauna of the Galápagos that would eventually convince him that “species were not immutable”. In January of 2020, Dr. Bennington made his ninth trip to the Galapagos Islands with students from Hofstra University, following in Darwin’s footsteps and seeing what he saw. Dr. Bennington's talk will trace Darwin’s path through the Galapagos and his geological observations and explore what it was about the islands that made him begin to doubt the established creationist explanation for the origin of species.
Come join us for an evening of professional camaraderie, networking, food, refreshments and fun!!