Michael D. Barton
Email: darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com
The Dispersal of Darwin is my online space to share with interested folk news and views on Darwin, evolution, natural history, and the history of science, with occasional posts about other science-related topics. I completed both my BA (2008) and MA (2010) in history, focusing on the history of science with a special interest in Darwin/evolution, at Montana State University in Bozeman. My general interests are with Charles Darwin, the development of evolutionary theory, natural history, the history of natural history museums, the evolution-creation debate and the general history of science. I was fortunate to work as a graduate student on a project to transcribe the letters of the 19th-century physicist John Tyndall (my graduate paper was on Tyndall and Darwin). I am currently working on the project again, this time as co-editor of volume six of The Correspondence of John Tyndall (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) with Janet Browne and Ken Corbett.
If you’re interested in sending a book or other media for a review or mention on this blog, please go here.
I currently live in Portland, OR with my wife and two children. I love instilling in them a love for nature (local and all over the world). Check out my other blog Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas, as well as my passion project to spread awareness about the importance of connecting children to nature: natureplaysign.com.
View my Darwin Day 2009 post where I discuss my past and what tempted me to start (and continue) a Darwin blog.
Info on my talk about history of science blogging at HSS 2009 in Phoenix, AZ.
I regularly update a list of blogs and Twitter feeds that focus or dabble in the history of science. (UPDATE: I have not updated this page in some years!! I still actively curate a Twitter list for history of science and related disciplines)
Info about my participation in a history of science session at ScienceOnline 2011 in North Carolina.
My quick appearance on BBC Radio’s Pods and Blogs program (now Outriders) on February 17, 2009 does not seem to be online anymore. I talked about blogging about Darwin.
Listen to my appearance on the Skeptically Speaking podcast (now Science for the People) in September 2011 here. I discusses Darwin and creationist quote-mining.
I was interviewed by Bora Zivkovic as an attendee of ScienceOnline 2011 here.
I wrote a post for the Foundation Beyond Belief blog on connecting children to nature, and how Darwin fits in, here.