Daniela Vilema

Environmental Communicator for Marine Projects

Daniela Vilema works with the local community through outreach and environmental education, focusing mostly on shark conservation. Previously, she was a CDF volunteer and fellow.

She worked with Waorani communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, supporting their reforestation and aquaculture projects with an environmental education program.

Articles

Changing Attitudes towards Plastic Pollution through art projects in Galapagos

This year, thanks to the support of the Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic Fund, we are carrying out a project to change attitudes towards marine pollution through the construction of a...

Exploring Marine Ecosystems with the Local Community

When living in an archipelago, it is common to think that all people visit the beach frequently, that they swim or that they snorkel as many of the people who visit the islands to get to know one of...

Marine World Exhibit Opens in Celebration of World Oceans Day in Galapagos

A new exhibit at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Van Straelen Interpretation Center has been re-opened with the “Marine World” themed display after 18 years. Thanks to the support of Save...

Galapagos Project Finalist of the Green Latinamerican Awards 2018

Puerto Santa Ana in Guayaquil was the venue for the fifth edition of the event that every each year strives to connect, exhibit and reward the best social-environmental projects of this region:...

Underwater Cameras to Study Sharks in the Galapagos Islands

Written in collaboration with: Pelayo Salinas de León. Since 2013, the Charles Darwin Research Station’s shark team, in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate, have conducted...

A New Shark Educational Exhibit in Progress in the Galapagos Islands

With more than 80,000 visitors annually, the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) is one of the most visited places by tourists in the Galapagos Islands. The Van Straelen Interpretation Center,...

Experience and Fun, a Successful Tool to Learn about Sharks in the Galapagos Islands

The first time we met with our Shark Ambassadors group in 2017 at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS), they looked curious about the activities we were about to develop. I remember asking all...

Workshop: Climate Change Priorities for the Galapagos Marine Reserve

The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), a non-for-profit research institution that for almost 60 years has been the official scientific advisor to the Ecuadorian government, will be hosting a...

Galapagos Shark Ambassadors in Action!

Take motivated students, add the ocean surrounding us, and you have the perfect combination to conduct conservation work. When you are at the beach, have you ever lifted a rock to find out what is...

Changing Perceptions about Sharks in the Galapagos Islands

The most common response when I talk to non-scientists about sharks, is that they are dangerous animals that, among other things, kill people. Actually, sharks are not killers; they are very...

Telling Scientific Stories with National Geographic

Written in collaboration with Paola Diaz-Freire. A National Geographic team arrived in Galapagos for four days to run a Story Telling Bootcamp directed to our staff members and other organisations...

Five New Sub-Species of the Marine Iguana in Galapagos

The Galapagos Marine Iguana is one of the key endemic species that is distributed throughout the archipelago. Recently, a team of European and Latin American scientists led by Dr. Sebastian...

The Difficult Flight of Birds in Galapagos

Written by: Jack Lo Lau / Mongabay LatamThis article was originally published in Mongabay Latam. How is a small fruit fly able to affect the finch population? What do the dwarf penguin, the...

The Fourth Mangrove Finch Captive-Rearing Season Begins

Climbing equipment, incubators and generators with solar panels are some of the tools that are part of the materials that the mangrove finch conservation project team requires to begin the fourth...

Remembering the Story of Lonesome George in the Galapagos Islands

This February 23rd, the Government of Ecuador through the Ministry of the Environment brings back from the Museum of Natural History of New York, the embalmed body of the giant tortoise native of...

Exploring the Depths of the Galapagos Islands

Written in collaboration with Etienne Rastoin. The coastal waters of the Galapagos archipelago have been of scientific interest for the last 30 years, however, the depths of the Marine Reserve have...

Sharing Environmental Education Experiences in South Africa

During the last year I worked on the education component of the project "The Galapagos Marine Reserve: A Model of Sustainable Coexistence between Humans and Sharks" with the support of the Save Our...

The “Protect the Fins” Campaign and Its Impact on the Community

We conclude with our campaign Protect the Fins and the Ocean Wins! Demonstrating that humans and sharks can coexist sustainably. After visiting all the schools in the archipelago and performing...

DiveStat - Getting to Know the Divers in Galapagos

Written in collaboration with Nicolás Moity How many tourists come to Galapagos to dive? Where do these divers come from? Where are most of the sharks, mantas, turtles and other marine species of...

Monitoring Penguins and Cormorants in the West of the Galapagos

Written in collaboration with Gustavo Jiménez-Uzcategui. Galapagos penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) and non-flying cormorants (Phalacrocorax harrisi) are two endemic species of the Galapagos...

Learning About Sharks in Galapagos

“Galapagos needs sharks, sharks need Galapagos”. This is the main focus of the environmental education workshops that have been developed for 5th, 6th and 7th graders in all the schools of Santa...

Protect the Fins and the Ocean Wins!

Did you know that a shark generates more than 5 million dollars in the span of its entire life in the Galapagos? Or that the Darwin and Wolf Islands host the highest shark biomass on the planet?...

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