Peter Kramer

General Assembly Member of CDF

Peter is a biologist, who focused on the conservation of nature and environmental protection throughout his career. He was fortunate to be able to do research on Galapagos in 1962/63, during the very early years of the CDF. He then was hired as Darwin Station Director from 1970 to ’73. During that time, he focused on training and general capacity building of Ecuadorian students, teachers, and tour guides. He also was part of the team producing the first Galapagos National Park Management Plan.

After leaving Galapagos he worked as a researcher and teacher at the University of Essen in Germany and then as a Director at WWF International in Switzerland. In that role, he facilitated the development of a global WWF Program and the development of a number of WWF offices around the world. Contemporaneously he served as President of the Darwin Foundation from 1974 to '84 and again from 2004 to 2012.

As a retiree, he invests time in supporting the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos.


Studying Darwin’s Finches in 1962/63

I had never heard about Galapagos when I received a letter in February 1962 from a scientist who was looking for an assistant to accompany him to those islands to study Darwin’s Finches for a year....

Raymond Lévêque: The first Darwin Station Director

It seems that our founders, in parallel to creating the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) legally in 1959, immediately arranged to hire a person to set up the Galapagos field research station, as...

Who were the CDF Founders and why did they succeed and others failed?

Who were the people who joined forces in the nineteen fifties and created an organization with the aim to set up a research station on the Galapagos Islands? I was able to know some of them when I...

The Charles Darwin Foundation: How it got started

The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) was established in 1959, the year when the Galapagos National Park was also legally created. Both institutions were set up to protect the wildlife and conserve...

Roger Perry

Roger Perry, writer, educator, passionate conservationist and Charles Darwin Research Station Director from 1964 to 1970 died in January 2016 at the age of 82. He was a Darwin Foundation Honorary...

A Tribute to Roger Perry (Charles Darwin Research Station Director 1964-1970)

Charles Darwin Research Station Director in Galapagos, wildlife conservationist and author Roger Perry has died at the age of 82. We remember Roger Perry's contribution to the conservation of the...

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