Pelayo Salinas de León

Co- Principal investigator

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.


Into the blue (shark)!

Over the past decade conducting applied research towards the conservation of sharks in the Galapagos Islands, the Charles Darwin Foundation Shark Ecology research team has mainly focused on species...

Just keep swimming … silky sharks are setting records

Tracking silky sharks has revealed them to be swift swimmers. But they’re also one of the most heavily fished sharks globally. Will expanded marine protection in the Tropical Eastern Pacific go far...

From the Galapagos to Panama (and back): Satellite tracking reveals round trip migration by pregnant scalloped hammerhead shark to coastal birthing grounds

Cassiopeia, the pregnant scalloped hammerhead shark tagged last February with a satellite transmitter at the Galapagos Marine Reserve, has reached the coasts of the Gulf of Panama, a known nursery...

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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