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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student Johanna Moore recently spent time in the Galapagos Islands, studying Tortoises. Moore, a former Northview High School student, is the daughter of Dan and Jenny Moore, Brazil.
Northview grad spends time in Galapagos Islands

TERRE HAUTE -- Just as the Galapagos Islands served to inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the Pacific Ocean paradise has motivated Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology applied biology student Johanna Moore toward a career in studying animal behavior.

Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands to study the many species of the tortoise during his five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle, which established him as an eminent biologist.

Moore, a junior from Brazil, and Northview High School graduate, spent an internship on the same islands during the summer, working at the Tortoise Breeding Center in the Galapagos National Park's Charles Darwin Research Station.

She helped feed and study more than 1,000 young tortoises, which are being raised until their shells become strong and they can withstand the threat of the introduced predators. She also assisted with research data collection.

"The Galapagos Islands are like Disney World for biology majors," Moore said. "I felt as though visiting the islands was a rite of passage every biologist should experience at some point in their life."

Rose-Hulman Applied Biology and Biomedical Professor Ella Ingram refers to Moore's trip as an "amazing" journey and added that the Rose-Hulman student will have firsthand images about many important observations in ecology and evolution.

"Visiting the Galapagos Islands tortoises played an important role in Darwin's experiences in the 1800s. Can you imagine seeing with your own eyes one of the biological settings that was so important to him?" Ingram said. "This journey will provide a baseline for her development as a biologist."

It is believed that the islands' tortoises played an important role in Darwin's theory of evolution. Naturalists assert tortoises arrived in the islands clinging to a piece of driftwood from a river mouth along the Pacific Coast.

The islands were once home to 15 sub-species of which 11 sub-species still exist. The smallest tortoises are known as "saddle backs," for their shell shape, while larger species with "dome backs" are among the largest on earth, weighing more than 500 pounds with shells measuring 59-inches.

During her four-week journey, Moore also had the opportunity to observe rare wildlife species, such as blue-footed booby birds, lava lizards, frigate birds, sea lions, marine and land iguanas, penguins and flamingos.

"The amount of wildlife contained within that small islands chain was incredible. There was something to see around every corner," she said.

Moore, the daughter of Dan and Jenny Moore, Brazil, is no stranger of animals. The veteran 4-H member earned grand champion blue ribbons for raising dairy goats at county fairs during the past 10 years. She is hoping to have an internship in zoological research, studying large mammals, before attending graduate school for animal science or animal behavior.

At Rose-Hulman, Moore is a resident assistant for the Baur-Sames-Bogart residence hall and a member of the Student Alumni Association, Residence Hall Association and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She was named Rose-Hulman's homecoming queen earlier this fall.

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Yes God's beautiful creations, and they certainly are !

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 8:23 AM

Yes, the Lord sure does show His Majesty in all of His creation doesn't He? What a lovely photo!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 8:40 AM

These creatures are amazing. But I must say it. Evolution is a theory. The facts are, God created the earth and all that is in it. Even Darwin at the end of his life said he was wrong, too bad the damage is done and millions of people have been deceived.

-- Posted by Jolly on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 8:40 AM


God is omnipotent so why could He not create the evolutionary process? We see it every time we follow the development of a fetus in a uterus. You are missing the miracle here. It's not the time table of the creation, it's the creation itself.

That fetal development takes place over time. In some species it's as short as 21 days and in others 22 months but still it's a miracle. Evolution is much the same. Doesn't matter how long it takes. It's still happening. We just don't live long enough to see it in our life time.

Those inspired by God penned the Bible but they could only write on a level that they themselves could understand. Today that's about on par with a 4th grader. Seems that many are still stuck at that level when reading the Bible. It's not to be taken literally word for word, but to reveal His limitless ability and love.

We may never understand all of the detail of what He created but we have learned so much more than what was known by the Bible's various authors. If this were not the case it wouldn't contradict itself from book to book. The statements make sense for the time period in which it was written in order for societies to function. It was not meant to be a scientific documentation.

Find a pastor who also knows the history of the eras in which the various books were written. You will be enlightened on a whole new level and no less awed.

Science and faith are not mutually exclusive and when you truly understand the Bible you will see that there is room for both. Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 1:35 PM

I absolutely agree with you, Jenny. I find it amazing that evolution scares so many people. It usually is because of a lack of understanding of what it really is. So many think it means monkeys and apes suddenly developed into humans. I have enough faith in God to not fear a natural process like evolution.

-- Posted by exbrazilrez on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 1:58 PM

Oh boy, looks like some folks didn't actually read the article. Story has nothing to do with god, not sure how bloggers brought god into it. The story was not for or against god or religion, but rather about evolution. The term theory here refers to a very well tested hypothesis that withstands all scientific testing. It isn't the lay use of "theory" meaning a guess or possible explanation. Whether there is a "He", etc. is not brought up in the story, it is irrelevant and adds nothing to the story and should not be brought into the discussion.

-- Posted by CalavoMan on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 9:32 PM

As soon as I saw the headline I thought "uh oh, this will bring some interesting comments" and I was right.

Evolution is theory in the same terms as the theory of gravity. A theory is concept that is rigorously proven by evaluating a series of observations that consistently lead to a conclusion. Practially a theory is a PROVEN hypothesis that is so broadly supported that predictions can be made and proven.

The Theory of Gravity is Newton's hypothesis proven by observation for over 400 years! The theory was modified by Einstein when one had to contemplate objects moving at extreme velocities or near extreme masses such as the sun. Nevertheless, in day to day life Newton's Laws predict the outcome accurately for say throwing a baseball pitch while Einstein's general relativity accurately predicts the bending of light by a gravitational field.

The Theory of Evolution likewise has repeatedly been proven by well documented, peer reviewed science. The fossil record shows clearly how species change over time due to environmental pressures in order to propagate their genes successfully which is the main point of life. Indeed, recent finds of transitional species for dinosaurs, fish, reptiles and, with last week's announcement of the discovery of Ardipithecus, hominids once again add further proof that Darwin's hypothesis is a proven theory.

I suggest to the doubters of evolution the book "Your Inner Fish" by Neil Shubin. This is the best book for illustrating how complex structures in humans have evolved over millions of years from other uses in ancient species. One of Shubin's examples of this, the formation of the inner ear structure from a reptilian jawbone, is easily observed in human fetal development.

In closing, one can chose to not believe facts but that doesn't make them false.

-- Posted by devil71 on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 9:45 PM

There is a lot more evidence supporting evolution than god. There is a reason believing in a god is called "Faith". No one can prove evolution is fact. Nor can they prove gravity is. Both are theories, well-tested hypotheses that have survived all scientific testing to date. There are no facts supporting god. Again, it is called faith for a reason. Apples and oranges, can't compare them side by side or one against the other, nor are they mutually exclusive.

-- Posted by CalavoMan on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 10:40 PM

Why is there is no reporters name on this story? Come on, if you LOVE evolution enough glorify it to the small masses, then have the courage to identify yourself please.

Honestly...did God create the Universe or not? If you say yes, then did He create inbred, mutated beings or could it be (maybe) that when sin entered the world and corrupted all things, that is when perverse, corrupted, mutated things began? Just curious half believers. You cannot ride the fence, you are one way or another.

Just because Evolutionists change their THEORIES constantly to appease borderline Bible believers,let's get at the issue here please. Deny God honestly once and for all. Don't be a middle of road pacifist and then call it science. Did He create the universe and all creation or not? Is God incorruptible? Well then that states that what HE created was as well. Once SIN entered the World through man's freewill, then the mutations began.

Don't song and dance me about your half way theories....announce now loud and proud...Evolution or Creation? This issue really has no middle ground no matter how many words you type to excuse your corrupt thinking.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 2:06 AM


It is not an either or with me. I believe in both God and evolution. So I am corrupt? Pretty strong words towards someone who does not even know if my actions follow God's teachings or not? "Stereotyping is just the excuse for refusing to learn." I don't look to the Bible however as a scientific document. I look to it as a document of faith. One can be a scientist AND a faithful follower of God. The authors of the Bible just weren't scientists and didn't understand HOW God created us nor how long it took but wrote it in the way their readers would understand it just as all of the parables of the Bible were written. The readers understood stories about shepherds and fishermen because they were those things. Theories change when we learn more about them. Our faith remains constant. You are correct each person has the choice about what they believe as to what is literal truth and what is written as parable in the Bible. Our intellect allows us to make that decision based on the knowledge of the times. Many however wear blinders and do not acknowledge what has been learned over the eons since the Bible was written. Why is it so hard for you to be able to believe in science and believe in God at the same time? I encourage you to take a course in Biblical history and learn what the people were dealing with at those times and correlate it with the writings. It doesn't minimize the importance of faith but explains why some of the writings aren't in step with what we know today. Many people mistakenly think that the Bible was written by God. It was not. It was written by men. Men who did not understand things so wrote parables in a way that they and their readers could understand God's works. Still today we do not understand the wonder of God but we have developed [or maybe God has been responsible for our brain evolving?] to understand just a bit more about how God did what he did. Does it REALLY matter if God created the earth in 6 days or over billions of years?? I don't think so. My faith tells me that the universe is so wondrous that SOME higher power must be responsible for it. I chose to believe that God is that power.

And to Sherbear: There was one document that came out shortly after Darwin's death stating that he had stopped being an agnostic but that was quickly refuted by his descendants. I don't think Darwin himself ever denied evolution. There is also a difference between an atheist and an agnostic. From what I gather one who is agnostic readily agrees that there are things that cannot be explained but they themselves do not know if it is God or something else. An atheist makes the outright declaration that they do not believe at all. The agnostic is open to the possibility that God is there but just lacks the faith themselves to be certain. Sort of a doubting Thomas like person. The atheist is one who denies all possibility of God's existence. Darwin was not an atheist from what I have read, at any time in his life. Of course there can be people who are both agnostics and atheists. They don't understand all but do not believe God is responsible.

Take a Biblical history course and learn. You CAN have it both ways.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 7:58 AM


The article was submitted by Rose Hulman as it is about one of their students. You've probably figured out already how I know that...

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 8:12 AM

Sadly, we have heard from some of the deceived. I know, that I know, that I know, God is real and the Bible is the infallable Word of God. I have felt His presense in my life. No one can convince me otherwise. The great thing about God is, He gives all a free choice and the choices we make now will last all eternity whether you believe it or not it does not change the Truth for God is Truth and He will never change. What He made in the beginning was perfect and did not need to evolve. That's why He rested on the 7th day of creation, it was finished.

-- Posted by Jolly on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 1:21 PM

Wow, can we say that this was a wonderful oppurtunity and experience for a wonderful young lady who comes from our community and is a beacon for what one can achieve even when she comes from our educational environment. We have to preach when it is not warranted. Is the world flat or can we have room for that science also?

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 2:46 PM

Amen sherbear, liberals use tactics of trying to make others with any difference in beliefs feel like idiots when they voice their opinions doesn't work for me, I know my Creator and no evolution was involved, I would certainly want my children to know this, I really hate to have to post this, it always brings on a looong lecture.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 5:38 PM

Congratulations Johanna...I hope you're having the time of your life. What a treat it must be to partake of such an incredibly awesome experience.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 2:03 PM

I'm sorry, but I just could not keep quiet any longer.

In case you didn't notice my username, this article is about ME, so I thought it only fair to give you my opinion, and I'm not nearly as nice as my mother, Jenny Moore.

First of all, you are correct, evolution is a theory, but to say ONLY a theory is a grouse misrepresentation. Like stated by devil71, in science, a theory is the most widely accepted explanation for a phenomenon. It is accepted because it has been supported through tedious research over years and years of study. Evolution became and remains the scientific explanation for where we are today because there is NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NO other explanation that even comes remotely close to helping us understand where we came from.

Secondly, just because the Egyptian hieroglyphics appear the same as current humans doesn't disprove evolution. Although to us 2000 years sounds like a long time, in reality it is not. When you consider the earth to be over 4.5 billion years old, 2000 years is only 0.0000000004 of the earth's total existence. Plus, just because they don't seem to be evolving physically, they are still evolving on a molecular level.

I could go on and on about this for days; however, I attend Rose-Hulman, so I have homework to do. I hope it further strengthens my support of evolution.

-- Posted by Johanna Moore on Sat, Oct 24, 2009, at 10:31 PM

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