International Darwin Day Celebrates the Life and Scientific Contributions of Charles Darwin

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, members of the Sonoma State geology, biology, anthropology, and geography departments gathered together in Darwin Hall to celebrate International Darwin Day. Darwin Day commemorates the 205th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809, the famed British geologist and naturalist best known for his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, a work that first presented his groundbreaking insights regarding evolutionary theory.

Nearly 50 interdisciplinary faculty and student Darwin enthusiasts joined together for a fun hour long "Darwin in Darwin: Darwin Day in Darwin Hall" celebration highlighting Charles Darwin’s contribution to science and promoting the study of the sciences. Dr. Matt James of the Department of Geology kicked off events by re-telling tales regarding the life of Darwin and clearing up popular misconceptions and myths surrounding the legendary figure. His short speech was followed by pizza, cupcakes, and drinks. A great time was had by all.

This year’s event served as a precursor to a much larger Darwin Day celebration planned for 2015. The science and technology departments thank all those who joined them this year and look forward to spreading the celebration of Charles Darwin’s life next year. Co-sponsors and co-organizers of Darwin Day were Nathan Rank of biology, Karin Enstam Jaffe and Alexis Boutin of anthropology. More information on International Darwin Day can be found at