Michael D. Barton is an independent historian of science, interested in Darwin and the history of evolutionary thought, often shared through his blog The Dispersal of Darwin. He currently is co-editor for two volumes of the Correspondence of John Tyndall (University of Pittsburgh Press), and previously worked on the Tyndall Correspondence Project as a letter transcriber. See the History of Science page for more on his history interests. Michael is also a parent advocate for connecting kids to nature, in his own home of Portland, OR and beyond. See the Nature Connection page for more on his efforts to spread the good news about spending time in nature.


Montana State University (Bozeman, MT), Fall 2008 to May 2010. M.A. in History. Professional Paper: “The ‘efficient defender of a fellow-scientific man’: John Tyndall, Darwin, and Preaching Pure Science in Nineteenth-Century America”

Montana State University, 2005 to 2007. B.A. in History-SETS (Science, Environment, Technology, and Society) and a minor in Museum Studies. Graduated with highest honors.

Palomar College (San Marcos, CA), 2003. Completed several introductory courses in geology.

San Diego State University (La Mesa, CA), 2001 to 2002. Intended biology major, completed general education courses.

Mt. San Jacinto Community College (Menifee, CA), 1999 to 2001. A.S. in Mathematics & Science.

   Work Experience

Co-Editor, John Tyndall Correspondence Project, August 2015 to present, contact Bernard Lightman. Responsible for co-editing, with Janet Browne and Ken Corbett, the sixth volume of The Correspondence of John Tyndall (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), and starting in July 2018, with Roland Jackson the tenth volume.

Weekend Supervisor, Tualatin Hills Nature Center, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Beaverton, OR, August 2012 to September 2014, contact Kristin Smith. Responsible for customer service in the nature center (answering phones, interacting with on-site visitors, running the small nature store, etc.).

Intern, Science Education, for the exhibit Einstein, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR, June 2010 to Sept. 2010, contact Kristi Falkowski. Responsible for working the exhibit floor, assisting youth volunteers, and developing demonstrations for engaging exhibit visitors with the historical context of Einstein and his science.

Graduate Research Assistant, John Tyndall Correspondence Project, Montana State University, Sept. 2008 to May 2010, contact Professor Michael Reidy. Responsible for transcribing letters from digital file to Word, reviewing/editing previously transcribed letters, editing project website and wiki, and compiling a bibliography for an NSF grant proposal. John Tyndall and Victorian science are also the topic of my graduate research.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, “Religions 110: Religion, Conflict, and Politics,” Montana State University, Sept. 2009 to Dec. 2009, contact Professor Susan Cohen. Responsible for grading papers and exams, assisting the professor in lectures, and conducting several discussion sections each week.

Library Technician I, Cataloging & Processing, Renne Library, Montana State University, Dec. 2007 to June 2008, contact Amy Foster. Responsible for withdrawing old books and journals from the library’s collection.

History Intern, Heritage and Research Center, Yellowstone National Park, Summer 2007, contact park Historian Lee Whittlesey. Responsible for finding Yellowstone-related articles in online historical newspaper databases and a research project of my own (on the use of religious language in writings about Yellowstone).

   Volunteer History

Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project (Natural History Museum, London), late 2011 to 2012. Letter transcriber.

Bozeman Public Library (Bozeman, MT), late 2004. Book shelver.

San Diego Natural History Museum (San Diego, CA), Fall 2000. Exhibit interpreter for The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, responsible for answering visitor questions concerning the exhibit.


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