NEWS & EVENTS
What percentage of land cover is dominated by invasive plants in the highlands of the four inhabited Galapagos Islands? It´s 28.5% according to new maps generated by an international research team based between the UNC at Chapel Hill, USFQ in Quito and GSC.
GSC plays an integral role in the Galapagos Inter-Institutional Commission for Responsible Plastics Use
Beginning in 2012, the plenary of the Galapagos Governing Council (CGREG), the highest government instance in Galapagos, voted to implement the recommendations from a study conducted by a consultant from the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) on the use of disposable plastics in Galapagos.
Over the past two years, we have been conducting the Healthy Families Study in San Cristobal in collaboration with USFQ and funded by the National Institutes of health. In this project, we examine how the water and food environments of the Galapagos impact human health.
Grass Genomes X Environments: A hypothesis/discovery-based approach connecting genome with the phenome of plant habit and behavior in natural settings
We characterize the genomes of a phenotypically diverse, yet monophyletic, set of grasses from Ecuador.
Our researchers Diego Páez- Rosas and Majorie Riofrío with Adrian Marchetti and Harvey Seim researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, and Eduardo Espinosa and Jorge Torres from the Galapagos National Park Directorate, presented their work called “Declines and recovery in endangered Galapagos pinnipeds during the El Niño Event”
A few days ago Galapagos Science Center (GSC) researchers Soledad Sarzosa and Diego Páez-Rosas, together with several renowned researchers, published their work called “Appearance of mycoplasmas in Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) and its association with other respiratory pathogens.”
Exploring prenatal stress and its influence on maternal placental physiology and infant development in Galapagos
Recent UNC PhD graduate Dr. Hannah Jahnke and team including UNC’s Dr. Amanda Thompson and USFQ’s Dr. Enrique Teran have published a paper in Placenta titled “Maternal stress, placental 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2, and infant HPA axis development in humans: Psychosocial and physiological pathways.” This was a collaborative effort with Oskar Jandl Hospital on San Cristobal, Galapagos.
Jaime Chaves, professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and a researcher at the Galapagos Science Center (GSC), has been studying finches in the Galapagos Islands for several years. A few days ago, along with Kiyoko Gotanda and Daniel Baldassarre, he published the article titled, “Vampire finches: how Galapagos birds evolved to drink blood” in the digital magazine, The Conversation.
5TH GALAPAGOS RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION SYMPOSIUM
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristóbal Island, will host the 5th Galapagos Research and Conservation Symposium. This significant multidisciplinary event will feature scientific presentations and community-focused talks, showcasing research and initiatives related to conservation, environmental change, biodiversity and oceans, health, and community initiatives.
World Summit on Island Sustainability
In 2022, the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) and the broader UNC & USFQ Galapagos Initiative celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The GSC hosted the World Summit on Island Sustainability on June 26–30, 2022 at the Galapagos Science Center and the Community Convention Center on San Cristobal Island.