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Sunday, February 10, 2019

John Smith Hall, La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Doors open 2:00 pm
| Program starts at 2:30 pm

Our speaker will be Richard K. Grosberg, PhD
  YOUNG DARWIN AND THE SEA: the making of an evolutionist 


This annual gathering, which will include the usual large number of exhibitors, will attract those who hold science in high regard and who want to sustain the scientific integrity of school curricula and programs. Students, teachers, and members of the public are all invited.

Dr. Grosberg is a Professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis. In 1976, he received a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1981, he received a Ph.D., also in biology, at Yale University.

We close the event with the usual rendition of “Happy Birthday Dear Charlie,”
followed by conversation and refreshments, including our well-known
Charles Darwin birthday cakes. 

Cost of Admission

Advance payment is $10 per person until midnight February 9.

 You may pay at the event (cash or check).
The price will then be $15 per non-student,
or for student with ID, $5.

 Make online payment

 Please note that if you want to send a
check by mail, you should do so by February 7.
The address is Darwin Day, PO Box 263428,
Sacramento, CA 95816-9418

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Darwin Day is organized by the Sacramento Darwin Day Committee, and sponsored by HAGSA, AOF, and other civic groups in the Sacramento Area.  

Short Bio: Rick Grosberg, Ph.D.

Throughout my career, my research has centered on the major evolutionary transitions in the history of life, from DNA to genes, from unicellular to multicellular organisms, and from families to complex societies of multicellular organisms. At various times I’ve studied ants, snails, fungi, flowering plants, and primates; but inevitably I turn to the shore, and the corals, anemones, sea squirts, sea stars, seagrasses, and sponges that have always been my first love. I’m also fascinated and attracted by the history of ideas, and—as a marine evolutionary biologist—to Darwin’s notoriously complicated and misunderstood relationship with the sea. Over the last few years, my research has inevitably emphasized the impacts of climate change and other human activities on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics and resilience of marine populations and ecosystems. And, most recently, I have collaborated with my colleague Geerat Vermeij to explore the causes and consequences of differing patterns of biodiversity across the major realms of life.

I received my B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1976 and my Ph.D. in 1982 from Yale. Following a NATO Postdoc at the University of Padua (Università di Padova), I became a faculty member at UC Davis in 1983, where I am now a Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology and the Founding Director of the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (, established in 2013. In that role, I coordinate a diverse and highly collaborative group of marine scientists on the main campus and Bodega Marine Laboratory, focused on addressing the grand challenges of a sustainable coastal ocean.

I have served on the editorial boards of several major scientific journals (including Ecology, Evolution, and The American Naturalist, among others), and I have been elected as the President of the Western Society of Naturalists and the American Society of Naturalists. I was Director of the Center for Population Biology at UC Davis from 2002-2007. I currently serve as an advisor to a number of state and federal agencies, including the Smithsonian Institution. I am an elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and in 2010 I was awarded UC Davis Prize for Scholarly Achievement and Teaching. Most recently I received a Distinguished Mentoring Award. Our work has been widely featured on NPR, and in the New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, and the Huffington Post among other media outlets.