Community & Human Health

This is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach — working at the local, regional, national, and global levels — to achieve improved human health and well-being. Our approach identifies the inhabitants who are most vulnerable due to a lack of material wealth, water and food insecurity, and gender-related issues. We recognize that the health and well-being of local inhabitants is key to the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos, like many other ecologically sensitive places.

Our projects include topics in: Epidemiology, Public Health & Policy, Gender Studies, Tourism, and Food Security & Nutrition and Pollution

Let’s meet the researchers and their impactful projects:

ANDREI DANIEL MIHALCA

  • Dirofilaria immitis: yet another threat for the endangered Galapagos sea lion?

LAIA MUÑOZ

  • Assessment of mercury and lead in coastal food webs in Galápagos and public health implications. Using genomic tools in marine commercial fishes.

NATALIA VILLEGAS RODRÍGUEZ

  • Understanding young adults’ (18-24 years of age) risk and protective factors related to youth pregnancy and violence in the Galapagos.

JILL STEWART

  • Lessons from the Environmental Resistome in Galápagos: A One Health Perspective.
  • The Dual Burden of Disease in the Galápagos, Ecuador: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food and Water on Isabela Island.
  • Water, Food, and Health in San Cristóbal: The Healthy Family Study.
  • Water Quality Assessments on San Cristobal Island, Ecuador.

AMANDA THOMPSON

  • Water, Food, and Health in San Cristóbal: The Healthy Family Study.
  • Food Environments in the Galápagos: Geographic and Behavioral Determinants of Diet and Health.
  • The Dual Burden of Disease in the Galápagos, Ecuador: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food and Water on Isabela Island.
  • Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: The intergenerational effects of maternal stress in the Galápagos Islands.
  • Feasibility of Educational Support Measures for Parenting Skills and Mental Health Symptoms in Mothers of Young Children in the Galapagos.

VALERIA OCHOA

  • Lessons from the Environmental Resistome in Galápagos: A One Health Perspective.
  • Long-term water quality monitoring program in San Cristóbal, Galapagos.

KHRISTOPHER M. NICHOLAS

  • Social and environmental determinants of metabolic dysregulation in the Galapagos.

PAUL CÁRDENAS

  • Effect of a Lupinus mutabilis sweet snack nutritional complement on the gut microbiome from schoolchildren in Galapagos 2022-2023. A pilot study.

RENATO LEÓN

  • The use of the Gravid-Aedes Trap (GAT) for a better monitoring and control of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, main vector of dengue chikungunya and Zika in the Galapagos islands.

SONIA ZAPATA

  • Circulation of Toxoplasma gondii in the Galapagos archipelago.

JOHN BUSE

  • Diabetes Prevention & Management – Tailoring Global Models to Galapagos.

ENRIQUE TERÁN

  • Water, Food, and Health in San Cristóbal: The Healthy Family Study.
  • Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: The intergenerational effects of maternal stress in the Galápagos Islands.

MARGARET BENTLEY

  • Water, Food, and Health in San Cristóbal: The Healthy Family Study.
  • Food Environments in the Galápagos: Geographic and Behavioral Determinants of Diet and Health.
  • The Dual Burden of Disease in the Galápagos, Ecuador: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food and Water on Isabela Island.
  • Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: The intergenerational effects of maternal stress in the Galápagos Islands.

CINDY FRAGA

  • Youth Perceptions of Living in the Galapagos: Relationships, Health, and the Future.

SUSANA CÁRDENAS

  • Evaluating and measuring impacts at Tourist Visitor Sites of the Galapagos National Park with an integrated and adaptive approach.

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