In the fall of 2021, Dani Alarcón, a researcher from the Galapagos Science Center, and Hector Guzman, senior scientist from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, first set out to tag blue whales off the coast of the Galapagos Islands.
The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) has the Atmospheric Research Institute (IIA), which conducts surveys of the ozone layer from its Atmospheric Measurement Station (EMA). Since the summer of 2021, EMA has joined the NASA SHADOZ (Southern Hemisphere Additional Ozonesondes) network, whose objective is to monitor the state of the ozone column in territories of the tropics and the Southern Hemisphere.
A multi-institutional team of scientists led by legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle (Mission Blue) carried out a two-week expedition in the Galapagos Marine Reserve on board the M/V Argo to rediscover and evaluate some of the largely overlooked habitats and species in the reserve, as the Reserve approaches its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2023. “Galápagos will always be a special place,” explained Dr. Earle. “It was here that I discovered cold water kelp communities on the equator fifty years ago, and it was Galápagos that, years later, inspired our Mission Blue Hope Spots initiative.”
The World Summit on Island Sustainability was held from June 26 to 30, 2022 in San Cristobal, Galapagos to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Galapagos Science Center (GSC), a collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and the University San Francisco of Quito (USFQ).
Genetic research is generating a great step forward in understanding the DNA of species. Jaime Chaves, a researcher at the Galapagos Science Center, recently conducted a study that confirmed that the genetic makeup of finches changes when they move from one habitat to another. Jaime and several scientists from GSC are taking DNA samples from different species in different habitats on the Galapagos Islands to generate the Barcode project database.
A multi-institutional team of scientists from the Galapagos Science Center (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), Georgia Aquarium, MigraMar, the Galapagos Whale Shark Project and the Galapagos National Park Directorate recently concluded a groundbreaking research expedition to tag and track several key migratory marine species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.