What’s New at GSC

Read up about our researcher’s latest publications in the “Spotlighted articles and publications” section. You can also find links to publications on “Our Researchers” page.

Catch up on the most recent colloquium by reading the summary and flipping through the researcher’s presentation in the “Summaries and presentations from weekly colloquiums” section.

Listen to the last week’s radio show in the “Awareness / Con Ciencia” Radio Show Podcasts section.

Read the “Awareness / Con Ciencia” magazines to learn more about our researchers and relevant current research in the corresponding section.

Spotlighted articles and activities

Vaccination process progresses successfully in Galapagos with the support of USFQ and GSC

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTERThe mass vaccination campaign began in the province of Galapagos at the end of April 2021. The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) and the Governing Council of the Galapagos special regime (CGREG) led this process and received the invaluable...

Declines and recovery in endangered Galapagos pinnipeds during the El Niño Event

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTEROur 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...

Microbiological studies detect Mycoplasma in Galapagos sea lions

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTERA 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...
Jacob’s project allowed local children in San Cristobal opportunities for field trips to inform them about conservation

Reactivating the Galapagos community through science

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTERThis last year has shown the importance and power of community. Through funds raised during GiveUNC 2020, UNC Center for Galapagos Studies partnered with Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) as well as the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) to...

Female Power in Science

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTERThe gender gap in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is no secret to anyone. Historically, the presence of women in these areas has been limited and despite the fact that there are great efforts to promote...

Darwin and Wolf, The home of the Vampire Finches

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTERJanuary 26, 2021   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...

Exploring prenatal stress and its influence on maternal placental physiology and infant development in Galapagos

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTERJanuary 8, 2021 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,...

Scientists analyze the health of the Galapagos shallow-tailed gull

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTER"Baseline hematology, biochemistry, blood gas values ​​and health status of the Galápagos shallow-tailed gull (Creagrus furcatus)", a research based on the study of a seabird, endemic to the Galapagos archipelago. This is an investigation by...

Analysis of the iconic plant radiation of the Galapagos Endemic Genus Scalesia

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTEREvolutionary radiations on oceanic islands have fascinated biologists since Darwin's exploration of the Galápagos archipelago. Island radiations can provide key insights for understanding rapid speciation (formation of new, distinct species),...

The Galapagos Science Center performs health evaluations on 36 turtles as support to The Galapagos National Park prior to their release

GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTERThe Galapagos Science Center recently carried out medical evaluations of 36 tortoises of the Chelonoidis chatamensis species that were in the “David Rodríguez” Breeding Center on San Cristóbal Island. The objective of this activity was to...

Summaries and presentations from weekly colloquiums


Memories of Colloquium #1 of 2020

Anne Guezou, environmental educator and researcher, shared the results of 10 years of the Ecology…

Memories from Colloquium #14 on May 9th, 2019 – Sharks: What´s fact and what´s fiction?

Salvador Jorgensen, Senior Research Scientist at the Monterey Bay Acquarium in California presented about “Myths and Truths about Sharks” to more than 40 local community members and USFQ students.

Awareness with Science/ Con Ciencia” Radio Show Podcasts

The GSC team periodically organizes interviews and relevant content to tell the community about our activities that we do along our three pillars of interdisciplinary research, education through science and community outreach.

You can listen to any of the programs below. Please note that the majority are only in Spanish, as the primary audience is the local Galapagos community

“Program Overview – International Shark Research, Science through Stories and Domestic Violence Research”



Interview topic

I. Interdisciplinary research

Michael Stanhope, Cornell University, USA

Genomic research of the Great White Shark – what we can learn to improve biomedics and human health

II. Education through science

Freddy Ricaurte, Enchanted Radio

Overview of “Marti, the Hammerhead Shark” book

III. Community Outreach

Flavio Carrera, USFQ

Research Project for Violence Prevention with support from the Galapagos Governing Council and Ministry for Economic and Social Inclusion

“Program Overview – Marine Megafauna Migration, Transformative Education and GSC Family Science Events”



Interview topic

I. Interdisciplinary research

Naima López, GSC Affiliated Researcher with Alex Hearn, PI

Marine species migration: focus on tuna

II. Education through science

Oliver Carrick, USFQ-Galapagos English Coordinator and Professor

English, Collaborative Learning and Transformative Education

III. Community Outreach

Leidy Apolo and Viviana Vizuete

Memories of the last Family Science Event on November 30th

“Program Overview – Science through Stories, Local Teacher´s Perspective and GSC Family Science Events”



Interview topic

I. Interdisciplinary research

Alex Hearn, GSC Researcher

Creating Marti: the Science behind the Story of “Marti, the Hammerhead Shark”

II. Education through science

Enma Espinoza, Grade School Teacher at Pedro Pablo School

Benefits of participating with her students in the Connecting with Nature Program

III. Community Outreach

Leidy Apolo and Viviana Vizuete

Invitation to attend the last Family Science Event on November 30th

“Program Overview – Marine Mammals in California, Science to Solutions Workshop and Climate Change Activism”
Section Guests Interview topic
Interdisciplinary research Soledad Sarzosa, GSC Researcher Marine mammals in California
Education through science Juan Pablo Muñoz, GSC Researcher Science to Solutions Plastics Workshop
Community Outreach Virginia Portilla & Jorge Vasquez, Franz Weber Foundation

“San Cristobal for the Climate”


“Program Overview – Responsible Lifestyles and Science to Solutions Workshop”
Section Guests Interview topic
I. Interdisciplinary research Leonardo Anselmi, Franz Weber Foundation Director (Southern Europe and Latin America)

Compassionate Conservation and Responsible Lifestyles


II. Education through science Daniel Keegan, Kevin Cabrera & Wilson Andrade, Join Science members Workshop participation and invitation to community presentation
“Human Resources in Tourism, GSC´s Join Science Program and Local Women´s Movement”



Interview topic

I. Interdisciplinary research Juan Carlos Valdivieso, Coordinator for the Hospitality and Sustainable Hotel Major at USFQ Human resources in the hospitality sector
II. Education through science Dagfin Sotomayor, member of Join Science! GSC´s Join Science! Program
III. Community Outreach

Olivia Rogel, Galapagos Women´s Movement

Catalina Arroyo, Casa Matilde Foundation Workshop Facilitator


“Awareness / Con Ciencia” Magazine

The GSC periodically publishes a magazine to communicate science and our activities in a creative manner for a general public readership

First Edition – Spanish Only

Second Edition – English and Spanish