Patricia Isabela Tapia


Patricia Isabela was born and raised in the Galapagos Islands, surrounded by the World's most famous natural laboratory of evolution. She had the opportunity to follow her passion and study in the United Kingdom thanks to two different scholarships, supporting her studies in Biology at Newcastle University. She earned a partial scholarship from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and another scholarship from the Dutch COmON Foundation. During her summer vacations she returned to Galapagos to volunteer at the CDF with the Marine Invasive Species Programme and the Galapagos Verde 2050 Project.

Following her graduation in July 2019, she worked as a research assistant, translator and interpreter during the “Giant Tortoise Nutrition Assessment in the Breeding Centres of Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands” in Galapagos with the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative. In November 2019, she joined the CDF as a staff member and she currently works as research assistant for the Marine Invasive Species Programme.
She has already started with her first publications in scientific peer reviewed journals, being a manuscript about the endemic species of the genus Opuntia in Galapagos her first publication as first author, published in December 2019 (Tapia et al., 2019).
Her experience elucidates her strong interest and passion about Conservation Biology as well as Applied Ecology. She believes that healthy ecosystems are the foundation for society, as they provide services which are fundamental to our survival and quality of life. She thus thinks that working towards ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems, conservation of biodiversity as well as creating sustainable livelihoods should be a top priority for everyone.


  • Tapia PI, Negoita L, Gibbs JP, Jaramillo P. 2019. Effectiveness of water-saving technologies during early stages of restoration of endemic Opuntia cacti in the Galápagos Islands , Ecuador. Peer J 7:1–19. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.8156.



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