OCEANS

Oceans are at the base of all our environmental and ecological systems. The health of the oceans determines the health of the rest of our planet. Resource extraction, climate change, pollution and invasive species stress marine systems and threaten the future of our oceans’ well-being. The lack of effective governance and  social institutions present challenges for ocean conservation and sustainability.

Our projects include topics in: Marine Ecology, Physical & Biological Oceanography, Fisheries, and Coastal & Marine Life.

Let’s meet the researchers and their impactful projects:

ALEX HEARN
  • The role of oceanic islets in the protection of marine migratory species.
  • Baseline and trends of forgotten species and habitats after a quarter century of the creation of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

CARLOS VALLE

  • The sea urchins of the Galapagos as an introductory system to scientific research for Ecuadorian students and their monitoring as potential sentinels of the changes of marine-coastal communities around Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal.

DANIELA ALARCÓN

  • Understand the main patterns of the distribution, vital range and abundance of cetaceans in Galapagos.

DIANA PAZMIÑO

  • Rays as model organisms to understand movement, patterns and use of habitat of marine fauna.

DIEGO PÁEZ

  • Evaluation of reproductive success and monitoring of population status of the pinnipeds of Galapagos Islands evolución. 
  • Retrospective study of the foraging ecology of large pelagic present in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

STEVE WALSH

  • Beaches in the Galápagos.
  • Modeling Fisheries in the Galápagos Islands.

JUAN MANUEL GUAYASÁMIN

  • Ecology of the Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) of the Galapagos Islands.

KATE BERRY

  • Evolution and Ecological Considerations of Galapagos Marine Iguana Morphology and Locomotion: A Comparative Investigation into the Invasion of the Aquatic Environment in Reptiles.

MICHAEL JOHN KINGSFORD & JUAN MANUEL ÁLAVA

  • The contribution of herbivorous fish to rocky reef assemblages at equatorial islands dominated by upwelling: the Galapagos.

DIANA PAZMIÑO

  • Rays as model organisms to understand movement patterns and use of habitat of marine fauna.
MARJORIE RIOFRÍO
  • Spatio-temporal dynamics of the marine ecosystem of the southeast of the Galapagos archipelago.
MARGARITA BRANDT & JOHN BRUNO 
  • Detection of oceanographic events in the Galapagos Marine Reserve (RMG), using Stegastes arcifrons and Stegastes beebei, and other species of herbivores, as indicator species.
  • Status and growth of hermatypic corals at Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal and other sites in the GMR.

MAXIMILIAN HIRSCHFELD

  • Distribution, demography, population size and population connectivity of Galapagos horn sharks (Heterondontus quoyi) in the Galapagos Islands and their phylogenetic relationship with other Heterodont shark in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. 

MICHAEL GUERRERO

  • Habitat use and monitoring of migratory movements of the population of the Oceanic Manta Ray (Mobula birostris) in the Galapagos Islands.

RONALD BAKER

  • Do mangroves provide important habitats for fishery species in the Galapagos Islands?

JOHN BRUNO
  • Taxonomy of Marine Algae in the Galápagos Islands.
  • The Role of Temperature in Regulating Herbivory and Algal Biomass in Upwelling Systems with Maggie Brandt, funded by the National Science Foundation.

PHIL PAGE

  • Modeling Fisheries in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Beaches in the Galapagos.

JUAN PABLO MUÑOZ

  • Plastic polution in the Galapagos marine reserve: quantifying impacts on marine vertebrates and proposing solutions to reduce wildlife impacts.

SABRINA GUERRA

  • History of Pacific Marine Societies.

MARGARITA BRANDT

  • Galapagos marine algae taxonomy.

JUAN PABLO MUÑOZ

  • Distribution, demographics and habitat use of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the feeding, reproduction and resting areas of the Galapagos.

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