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The course will be both lecture and discussion, with an interactive presentation. The course begins with a complete biography of Charles Darwin and the role he played as the father of evolutionary biology. This will take us from his childhood, his voyaging days, his relationship with other key people, and the years of formulating the fundamental principle of biology - natural selection. Another topic is speciation, including the understanding of the terminology. Other discussion topics include an introduction to reptiles, fish, seabirds, and marine mammals (seals, sea lions & whales), as well as an in-depth look at astronomy (with an emphasis on simplifying some of the difficult concepts (including black holes, dark energy, etc.) We will conclude with a look at finding your way through the stars above Tucson. The e-book (Amazon/ iTunes) Astronomy & Natural History Connections - From Darwin to Einstein (by Barry Boyce) will be recommended
Instructor(s): Barry Boyce
Barry Boyce was a graduate student in the neurosciences. He has over 30 years teaching natural history on expedition voyages to the Galapagos Islands and the Antarctic. He currently teaches outreach astronomy for the University of Arizona at their Mt. Lemmon Sky Center. He is also an astrophotographer and nature photographer; his images can be seen on www.barryboyce.com . He is the author of A Traveler's Guide to the Galapagos Islands and Astronomy & Natural History Connections: From Darwin to Einstein.
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