Robert Siegel

Galápagos

"Nothing could be less inviting than the first appearance. A broken field of black basaltic lava, thrown into the most rugged waves, and crossed by great fissures, is everywhere covered by stunted, sun-burnt brushwood, which shows little signs of life. The dry and parched surface, being heated by the noon-day sun, gave to the air a close and sultry feeling, like that from a stove: we fancied even that the bushes smelt unpleasantly."
Charles Darwin
The Voyage of the Beagle

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We're off to see the lizards...

Second trip:

July 25 - August 5, 2010
aboard the Isabela II
Stanford Travel Study
serving as faculty leader

+ Galápagos 2010
+ Galápagos 2010 people
+ Darwin's adventures in the Galápagos
+ Boobies

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First trip:

Bob and Tom's Excellent Adventure
aboard the Corinthian
June 15-25, 1997
Stanford field seminar
(A sampler of Tom's photos)

Resources

The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands (CDF)

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Selected References

Guide Books
Galápagos: A Natural History by Michael H. Jackson, University of Calgary Press, 1993
Evolution
The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner, Vintage, 1994
Description of work by Peter and Rosemary Grant and colleagues, primarily on Daphne Major
Picture Books
Galápagos: Islands Lost in Time by Tui De Roy Moore Viking, 1980

Galápagos: A Terrestrial and Marine Phenomenon by Paul Humann Ediciones Libri Mundi Enriquegrosse-Luemern, 1988

A Visit To Galápagos by Katie Lee Harry N Abrams, Inc., 1994 (drawings)
And for something different:
Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut

Teaching a Stone to Talk : Expeditions and Encounters by Annie Dillard
(contains a poem about the Galápagos)

Floreana; A Woman's Pilgrimage to the Galápagos by Margaret Wittmer

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Web links

Olivia Judson New York Times blog

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Other adventures

Islands

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Last modified: August 6, 2010
Reformat: December 10, 2009 Created: August 28, 1997