ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

Many of our projects focus on environmental change as the key factor for understanding how we help manage and conserve our precious global environment worldwide. Environmental changes stemming from natural disasters, human activity or ecological processes can shape the availability of natural resources, the abundance and distribution of the islands’ flora and fauna, and the interaction between humans and their environment. The Galapagos provides an ideal laboratory for understanding these issues in other settings around the world.

Our projects include topics in: Natural Hazards, One Health, Hydrology & Water Management and Earth Systems Modeling, Climate Change, Adaptation & Mitigation.

Let’s meet the researchers and their impactful projects:

MARIA DEL CARMEN CAZORLA

  • Ozone and water vapor in the Equatorial Americas: Data Collection and Analysis of Ticosondes and SHADOZ Observations from Costa Rica and Ecuador.

DIEGO RIVEROS-IREGUI

  • Evaluation of the hydrological cycle and its effects on vegetation and soil formation in San Cristóbal, Galapagos.
  • Water Cycling and Critical Zone Processes in the Tropics: The Galápagos as a Natural Laboratory.
  • Evaluating lithium (Li) isotopes to understand critical zone development in tropical islands: a systematic assessment on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos.

HARVEY SEIM

  • Impacts of Ocean Change on the Galapagos Marine Ecosystem.

SCOTT GIFFORD

  • Impacts of Ocean Change on the Galapagos Marine Ecosystem.

ADRIAN MARCHETTI

  • Impacts of Ocean Change on the Galapagos Marine Ecosystem.

PHIL PAGE

  • High Resolution, Commercial Satellite Imagery for Island Studies.

CERI LEWIS & CARLOS MENA

  • Investigation of exposure to plastic in the Galapagos marine food web with emphasis on plankton, invertebrates, algae and mangroves.

SARA RHEA

  • Livestock welfare management; antimicrobial knowledge, attitudes and practices among producers; and presence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli in the One Health sectors, La Floreana Island, Galapagos.

PABLO DÁVILA

  • Analysis of stable isotopes of water (delta18O y delta2H) in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as baseline for hydrologic scientific studies of high impact.

NOAH KITTNER

  • Techno-ecological synergies for sustainable energy management in the Galapagos Islands.

STEVE WALSH

  • High Resolution, Commercial Satellite Imagery for Island Studies.
  • Synthesis of Drivers, Patterns, and Trajectories of LCLUC in Island Ecosystems, Nat.

XIAOMING LIU

  • Water Cycling and Critical Zone Processes in the Tropics: The Galápagos as a Natural Laboratory.
  • Evaluating lithium (Li) isotopes to understand critical zone development in tropical islands: a systematic assessment on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos.

KHRISTOPHER M. NICHOLAS

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

VALERIA OCHOA

  • Water Quality Assessments on San Cristobal Island, Ecuador.

STEVEN SCHULTZE

  • High Resolution Study on the Microcliamtes of Various Plant Zones on San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.

ANDREW R. BABBIN

  • Measurement of marine nitrous oxide emissions from the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

SUSANA CÁRDENAS

  • Spatial foraging behavior and energy expenditure landscapes of the Galapagos penguin and cormorant, and its relationship with climate change.

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