Lectures and Talks

Lonesome George and the Galapagos Today: What the Tortoise Taught Us

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Lonesome George, who died in 2012, was the last of the Pinta Island tortoises. 

Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 helped him decipher evolution by natural selection, the process responsible for the dizzying abundance of species on the planet. Today, hundreds of species go extinct each year. In honor of the Museum’s special exhibition of Lonesome George, the famed Galapagos tortoise that was the last of his species, join us for an in-depth conversation about biodiversity and conservation. Uncover the issues and current environmental initiatives in the Galapagos, and explore the possibilities and perils that lie ahead. The conversation will feature Johannah Barry and Linda Cayot of the Galapagos Conservancy, James Gibbs of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Arturo Izurieta, director of the Galapagos National Park. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Chief Conservation Scientist of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

Learn more about Lonesome George in a Q&A with Dr. Sterling.