Michael D. Barton

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Michael D. Barton│michaeldavidbarton@gmail.com

The Dispersal of Darwin Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas


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. Cumulative GPA: 3.70. Graduated with highest honors.

Palomar College (San Marcos, CA), 2003. Completed three 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 coediting, with Janet Browne and Ken Corbett, the sixth volume of The Correspondence of John Tyndall (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018).

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

Other Employment

Dining Room Server, Markham House Retirement & Assisted Living Community, Portland, OR, Sept. 2010 to Nov. 2012.

Dining Room Server, Highgate Senior Living, Bozeman, MT, June 2005 to March 2006.

Manager (& various positions), Pat & Oscar’s Restaurant, Temecula & San Diego locations, CA, August 1997 to December 2003, contact General Manager Lisa Grogg.

Professional Development

Connect2Science: Through Nature Inquiry Workshop, Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR, November 18-19, 2010.

SSE EVO 101 Workshop: Hands on Evolution for K-12 Educators, Evolution 2010 (annual meeting for the Society for the Study of Evolution), Portland, OR, June 25, 2010.


“Look Who’s Coming to Dinner: John Tyndall, Darwin, and Pure vs. Practical Science in America,” co-presented at John Tyndall and 19th Century Victorian Science with Michael Reidy, June 19-20, in Big Sky, MT. (My slides here.)

“Charles Darwin: Myth vs. History,” presented for the library at the Oregon Health & Sciences University, April 4, 2012, in Portland, OR. (My slides here.)

“In Darwin’s Own Words: Creationist Quote-Mining Exposed,” presented for the Secular Humanists of East Portland, May 11, 2011, in Clackamas, OR. (My slides here.)

Presented as part of a panel, “Making the history of science work for you,” at Science Online 2011, January 13-16, Research Triangle area of North Carolina. I discussed quote-mining, how historical scientists’ statements are taken out of context to match a group’s agenda, and ways to respond to this online. (Video of this session is available here, as well as my slides here.)

“Your Daily History of Science: Blogging a Discipline,” presented at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society, November 19-22, 2009, Phoenix, AZ. Part of a panel on history of science education and the web. (More information here and here, and my slides here.)

“’I Have Hardly the Means’: Charles Darwin, Transoceanic Dispersal, and the Geography of Science,” presented at Darwin in the Field: Collecting, Observation and Experiment, July 11-12, 2009 at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, England.

“’I Have Hardly the Means’: Charles Darwin, Transoceanic Dispersal, and the Geography of Science,” presented at Darwin’s Legacy: Evolution’s Impact on Science and Culture (A Student Multidisciplinary Conference), March 19-21, 2009, University of North Carolina Wilmington. I was awarded best paper for my session.


Book reviews on my Darwin/history of science blog

Book reviews on my Portland children and nature blog

Book reviews for The Portland Book Review

Children and nature writings

Editor for Elizabeth’s Lorayne’s The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries (White Wave Press, 2017)

Barton, Michael D. Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America by Gowan Dawson (review).” Journal of British Studies 56:1 (January 2017): 191-3. [PDF]

Barton, Michael D. “Bite-Sized Darwiniana: The Origin of Darwinism: Charles Darwin and The Origin of Species (review).” Reports of the National Center for Science Education 33:6 (Nov-Dec 2013): 2.1-2.6. [PDF]

Barton, Michael D. “Blogging the History and Philosophy of Science.” Endeavour 36:2 (June 2012): 42-3. [PDF]

Barton, Michael D. The Darwin Experience: The Story of the Man and His Theory of Evolution by John van Wyhe (review).” Reports of the National Center for Science Education 31:2 (Mar-Apr 2011): 4.1-4.3 [PDF]

Barton, Michael D. “Quote-Mining: An Old Anti-Evolutionist Strategy.” Reports of the National Center for Science Education 30:6 (Nov-Dec 2010): 14-5. [PDF]

Barton, Michael D. “Exhibit Review: Darwin the Geologist.” Journal of the History of Biology 43:2 (May 2010): 403-5. [PDF]

Barton, Michael D. “Conference Report: Darwin in the Field.” The Palaeontology Newsletter [Palaeontological Association, United Kingdom]. 72:6 (2009): 56-59. [PDF]

Barton, Michael D. “’Between Heaven and Hell’: Religious Language in Early Descriptions of Yellowstone National Park.” Yellowstone Science 16:3 (2008): 16-23. [PDF]  Shortened version of a paper written for Yellowstone internship; featured in local media: “Research Roundup: Religion and Yellowstone” and “Romanticism fills early writings on Yellowstone, research finds.”

Academic Honors & Awards

Dunbar Research Scholarship, Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University-Bozeman, Spring 2009, for Best Paper by an MA student, “’Between Heaven and Hell’: Religious Language in Early Descriptions of Yellowstone National Park.”

Best Paper, Session B, Darwin’s Legacy: Evolution’s Impact on Science and Culture (A Student Multidisciplinary Conference) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, March 19-21, 2009, for “’I Have Hardly the Means’: Charles Darwin, Transoceanic Dispersal, and the Geography of Science.”

Richard B. Landis History Scholarship, Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University-Bozeman, Spring 2007.

Letters and Science Dean’s List, Montana State University-Bozeman, Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Spring 2005.

Access Grant, Montana State University-Bozeman, Fall 2005, in recognition of scholastic achievement and financial need.

President’s Honor Roll, Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Spring 2000, Fall 1999, Spring 1999.

Research Papers & Projects

“Creationism vs. Evolution: The Great Debate,” display for Renne Library, Montana State University, Bozeman, February 2009. Images of the display can be viewed here.

“Not Quite Dover in Darby: Evolution, Creationism, and  Montana’s Public Schools,” paper for History 502: Public History, Fall 2008, Professor Gordon Brittan (retired).

“Finding Montana History in a Book,” a display about Jeannette and Wellington D. Rankin for MOR 301: Introduction to Museum Practices (at the Museum of the Rockies), Fall 2007, Instructor David Swingle. Featured in an article for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

“’Between Heaven and Hell’: Religious Language in Early Descriptions of Yellowstone National Park, 1870-1880,” paper for History 469: Internship, Heritage and Research Center, Yellowstone National Park, Summer 2007, YNP Historian Lee Whittlesey. Published in modified form in Yellowstone Science.

“’Another Barnacle Job’: Charles Darwin and his Seed Germination Experiments,” paper for History 401: Seminar on the History of Oceanography, Fall 2006, Professor Michael Reidy. Revised and submitted for Department’s Best Paper Award, April 2007, as “’Another Barnacle Job’: Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker, and the Debate on Transoceanic Dispersal.”

“’Montana’s Best Crop’: Better Baby Contests and Public Health as Positive Eugenics in Early Twentieth Century Montana,” paper for History 401: Seminar on Urbanization in the West, Spring 2006, Professor Arn Keeling.

“Darwin on Earthworms: ‘Uncontentious Subjects’ as a Metaphor for Darwin’s World,” paper for History 468: Animal Histories, Fall 2005, Professor Brett Walker.

Volunteer History

Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project (Natural History Museum, London), December 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.

Other Academic Activities

Blog, Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas, October 2010 to present.

Blog, Transcribing Tyndall: Letters of a Victorian Scientist, July 2008 to October 2011.

Blog, The Dispersal of Darwin: On Charles Darwin, Evolution, and the History of Science, April 2007 to present. Featured on BBC Radio 4’s program Pods and Blogs, February 17, 2009 (audio not online anymore) and the Science for the People podcast, September 9, 2011.


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