Exploring Darwin’s Legacy in England

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I am originally from a small town in Southern Illinois. I got my undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, then my Master's degree at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. I got my Ph. D. in fish ecology from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in Carbondale, IL. I taught at Western Illinois University for 10 years and then moved to Murray State University, where I have been on the Biology faculty for 8 years.

My research interests include:
* movement patterns of both invasive and native fishes
* use of carbon dioxide as a fish anesthetic
* long-term changes in local native fish communities

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Exploring Darwin’s Legacy in England

Program Dates:
June 3, 2023 —June 24, 2023

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
BIOL 485


Course Description:
Evolution by natural selection is an idea which unites all aspects of biology, and the history of Charles Darwin's development of these ideas is fascinating. Learn about the principles of evolution in London, the same location where Darwin formulated his ideas. We will connect to Darwin's history by taking advantage of the many programs in England dedicated to his legacy, such as the Darwin Centre at the Museum of Natural History, the Tring Museum, and the Lyme Regis Museum. Visiting Darwin’s country home, Down House, will enrich your understanding of Darwin’s character, working methods, and contributions to science.

An introductory biology course, or consent of instructor

Physical Activity Requirements:
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Course Highlights:
“To fully appreciate and understand evolution and its importance in biology, students must understand how the ideas about science, species diversity, and the source of life developed over time. Studying Darwin’s history and how he developed his idea of natural selection provides an opportunity for understanding not just the background behind the theory of evolution but also the progression of scientific thinking in general. In London, we would be able to directly connect to Darwin by visiting the places where he lived and worked.” - Timothy Spier