Luka Negoita

Biostatistician Ecologist

I have always loved islands and plants. Since my undergraduate work on islands in the Gulf of Maine, USA, I have had a strong passion for studying the unique characteristics of island ecosystems and associated botanical diversity. I continued this while working towards my Ph.D. in biology from Syracuse University by conducting two large-scale field surveys of the floras and ecosystems on over 50 islands in eastern North America. These research projects have given me over eight years of experience analyzing ecological data.

One of my greatest professional interests is using data to tell stories that help us better understand our natural world. My current position as the biostatistician at the Galapagos Verde 2050 project allows me to pursue and expand on my interests and experience while contributing towards the important conservation work of Galapagos Verde 2050. I simply could not describe a more ideal position.


Tortoises are not the only ones returning to Española Island (Galapagos Verde 2050)

On June 15, 2020, Paúl Mayorga and I set out to deliver fencing supplies and survey 240 endangered Opuntia tree cacti that had been planted on Española island over the last few years by the...

Preserving terrestrial ecosystems of the Galapagos islands

Only having been settled by humans since early 20th century, the Galapagos islands harbor some of the most intact natural communities in the world. However, these islands have nonetheless faced...

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