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At UNC-Chapel Hill, we have the opportunity to conduct research, education, and community outreach in the “living laboratory” known as the Galapagos Islands. As Charles Darwin showed over 150 years ago, this archipelago is an ideal place to study the balance between human populations and natural treasures.
We’ve partnered with Ecuador’s Universidad San Francisco de Quito to create the Galapagos Science Center. Built in 2011, this 20,000 square foot state of the art facility is the only institution of its kind in the Galapagos, and we are proud to be emerging from start-up phase and celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year!
The Galapagos Initiative was created to promote science and education that will help protect fragile island ecosystems and enhance the lives of their inhabitants.
Researchers from UNC and around the globe convene at the center to conduct interdisciplinary research. Some scientists investigate the Galapagos’ unique species, like the giant tortoise or blue footed booby. Others study how rising ocean temperatures, extreme weather, invasive species, and human infrastructure threaten the Galapagos. Still more research food security, climate change, and human health.
We also have a robust study abroad program which has grown each year that enables us to educate students on how to preserve fragile ecosystems in the Galapagos and globally.
Community outreach is also a key component of what we do! We have conducted programming with more than 600 students in our first 10 years – hoping to inspire the next generation of conservationists.
We have accomplished so much in our first 10 years and – with your support – are excited to expand our impact in the Galapagos and the wider world in the next 10 years and beyond. We hope you join us on this exciting journey to tackle the grand challenges of our time.