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Ecuador contributes to the NASA SHADOZ network with 36 probes per year through the USFQ Atmospheric Measurement Station

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.

Research Expedition in the Galápagos Marine Reserve Focuses on Overlooked Species and Habitats    

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.”

Did you know that birds change their genetic structure to adapt to different habitats due to changes in the environment?

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.

Scientists Use ultra-light aircraft to tag and track whale sharks off the southern Galapagos Islands for the first time

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.

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