In partnership with the Galapagos National Park, students help scientists understand the ecology and migration patterns of giant tortoises, including a recently discovered subspecies in the archipelago.
The Galapagos Islands are a spectacular natural laboratory, renowned for their endemic biodiversity.
Many of the unique species of the Galapagos are under threat of extinction. Engaging the next generation in conservation is essential, they hold the key to long-lasting conservation efforts on these incredible islands. Through firsthand experience in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park, Dr. Stephen Blake of the Max Plank Institute, and others scientists, both local and visiting students learn ecology and biology by collecting data on a keystone species. They help restore native habitat to ensure the survival of Galapagos’ wildlife and the protection of its vulnerable ecosystems.
"This course made me open my eyes and see what is really happening with the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. Each activity gave me a better understanding of how waste, leaving the lights on, and using too much water affects the environment and animals."