Pelayo Salinas de León

Marine Research Coordinator

Pelayo has led the research projects in fisheries and sharks of the CDRS since August 2012.

Prior to working in Galapagos, he completed his PhD in marine biology at the University of Wellington in New Zealand and developed several research projects in Indonesia and Cuba.

Working in Galapagos has been his dream since he was a child and he mentioned the good fortune he has to be able to coordinate lines of research that are useful for the sustainable management of resources of socio-economic importance in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.


Migration of pregnant hammerhead shark between Galapagos and Isla del Coco documented from space in real-time

For the first time, scientists have documented in near real-time details of the migration of a critically endangered pregnant scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) from the Galapagos Islands...

Galapagos: A natural laboratory to understand and co-evolve with climate change

--- Press Release --- A recent publication in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change, a global reference for climate change studies, suggested that the enchanted islands can be a natural...

Tagged pregnant hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos could reveal migration to nursery grounds along South and Central America

Scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation, working with the sharks ecology project, in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD), the University of the Azores (Portugal)...

Baby Sharks and Ice Cream Make for a Fun Evening in the Galapagos

Elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and chimaeras) are among the most threatened group of species on the planet1. Since the end of World War II, we humans got too good at fishing and have managed to remove...

Northern Galápagos Islands Home to World’s Largest Shark Biomass

Ecuador Designated Area a Marine Sanctuary Last March: Ensures Protection of Hammerheads, Reef Sharks and Other Top Predators. In a study published today in the journal PeerJ, scientists from the...

Darwin and Wolf Marine Sanctuary is Home to the Greatest Shark Biomass in the World

A scientific study by marine researchers from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) revealed that Wolf and Darwin Islands, located in the northwest of the Galapagos Archipelago, are considered a...

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