Carolina’s Galapagos Science Center (GSC) recently started accepting limited researchers and students back to its state-of-the-art research facility on San Cristobal, Galapagos. First in line was Greg Lewbart, an adjunct professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s environmental sciences and engineering department, and a professor of aquatic animal medicine at North Carolina State University.
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.
The first Galapagos Research Retreat was held at the Carolina Inn during fall 2018. Carlos Mena, Co-Director of the Galapagos Science Center, accompanied the UNC Galapagos Leadership Team to further engage and recruit UNC scientists to the Galapagos Initiative.
Daniela Alarcón-Ruales, Jaime A. Chaves and Juan Pablo Muñoz-Pérez, researchers of the Galapagos Science Center and Cristina Miranda, Alumni from Universidad San Francisco de Quito are co-authors of the new paper “Rookery contributions, movements and conservation needs of hawksbill turtles at foraging grounds in the eastern Pacific Ocean” published by the Marine Ecology Progress Series. The article is a new contribution to knowledge for the conservation of the critically endangered populations of this species in the eastern Pacific Ocean.