The Galapagos Science Center (GSC) is a research, education and outreach facility on San Cristobal Island built in 2011 that is jointly administered by the University of San Francisco Quito (USFQ) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), USA. The GSC houses four functional laboratories: marine ecology, terrestrial ecology, microbiology and Laboratory of Spatial Analysis and Modeling. Each laboratory has been structure with three office spaces for researchers to be close to their work and three sections to allow for multiple teams to work concurrently. In addition, the GSC has staff offices and two social spaces for presentations and meetings.

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GSC Infrastructure

GSC has two social spaces for presentations and meetings and four laboratories for research. Each laboratory has been structured with three office spaces for researchers to be close to their work and three sections to allow for multiple teams to work concurrently.

GSC Marine Ecology Lab

The Marine Ecology Lab at the GSC is conveniently located opposite one of the most beautiful sites of the Galápagos Islands: Playa Mann. It has the space, equipment and personnel to provide the best research opportunities for our local and international collaborators.

The services available are:

  • Use of facilities (necropsy room)
  • Use of equipment (e.g., Zodiac with outboard engine, 20hp)
  • Water chiller
  • Dissecting Microscopes
  • Acoustic telemetry equipment for fish/mammal tagging and movement analysis
  • Analytical & Precision Balances
  • Freezers & Refrigerators
  • Salt water pumping system
  • Courses and training:
    1. Fish & mammal populations, habitat, and movement
    2. Physical oceanography and measurement techniques

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GSC Micro – and Molecular Biology Lab

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The Micro and Molecular Biology Lab at the GSC has the best equipped installations in the Galapagos Islands.  The laboratory offers a number of services and provides the adequate infrastructure that allow us to carry out much of the research in situ. 

The services available are:

  • Genomic facilities (DNA, RNA, PCR, DNA quantification and electrophoresis)
  • Water quality analysis
  • Service of distilled water
  • Technical advice
  • Sampling, transport and storage of samples
  • Courses and training
    1. Molecular techniques
    2. Water chemistry & pathogens

GSC Spatial Analysis and Modeling Lab

The Spatial Analysis and Modeling Lab at the GSC has been equipped to attend to all your geographical needs. This laboratory  is key to understand the relationship between environmental and social sciences so to promote conservation as a means of social development.

The services avaialable are:

  • Use and Management of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • Cartography
    • Remote sensing
    • Image processing
    • 3D modeling resources for the Galapagos Islands.
  • Courses and training
    1. Mapping and management of geo-spatial data and tools
    2. GIS: basic, intermediate, advanced
    3. Remote Sensing and image processing
    4. Air photo interpretation and measurement

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GSC Terrestrial Ecology Lab

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The Terrestrial Ecology Lab at the GSC has been extensively equipped to increase the scope terrestrial, soil, and meteorological research as well as providing the most comfortable facilities and working space. The services available are:

  • Use of materials and field equipment:
    • GPS
    • Bruno compasses
    • Brunton clinometer
    • Laser rangefinders
    • Binoculars
    • Traps for small mammals
    • Meteorological station
    • Chemical & dissection hood
    • Soil sampling kit
    • Soil coring kit
    • Soil pH meter
    • Soil penetrometer
    • Soil fertility kit
    • Digital depth sounder
    • Plant canopy analyzer to define Leaf Area Index (LAI)
    • Hand-held spectroradiometer (325 – 1100 nanometers)
  • Courses and training:
    1. Plant and soil sampling and measurement
    2. Physical and chemical properties water analysis
    3. Spatial structure and landscape ecology

GSC Community Room

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Projector, speaker and seating for 60 people, including a back outdoor patio area

GSC Conference Room

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Teleconference and monitor, including conference table with seating for 20 people