The dataZone is a collection of applications, accesible both online and inside the Charles Darwin Research Station, providing access to all the scientific information stored in several databases, product of almost 60 years of research in the Galapagos Islands.

Some of these systems include the natural history collection's information, geographic information systems, metereological data management systems and even multimedia resources.

All of dataZone’s applications will be available shortly, including specialized search engines, species lists, taxonomic navigators, etc. Currently we are migrating all the services from our old server to a new and higher-performance server. Visit us often so that you can take advantage of all the new applications we will provide.

Natural History Collections Database

Explore more than 100,000 specimens virtually through the Collections Database of the Charles Darwin Foundation. The Collections Database is the digital home for the Natural History Collection at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos.

The database includes records of collected physical specimens, as well as virtual records of species occurrence within the Islands (observational records) and records of Galapagos specimens held at collaborating institutions.

Like the physical collection, the online database is separated into four smaller Natural History Collections: the Herbarium (CDS), the Terrestrial Invertebrate Collection (ICCDRS), the Marine Invertebrate Collection (MCCDRS), and the Vertebrate Collection (VCCDRS).

Digitized records of specimens from all collections are catalogued in a searchable MariaDB database with standardized fields and method of entry. Information included in records includes where possible the full taxonomy to the lowest level possible, collection notes, collection location and ecological information.

A mapping application is also available within DataZone that shows the location of the specimen of interest, with the option of also mapping all of the locations of the same species with records in the collection. The number of records that have been digitized varies by collection, with more old records entered into the database every year.

We are working in a new system to produce and publish the species checklists for the Galapagos Islands. While we finish developing these systems, you can access previous publications of our species checklists.

Specimens 89444

Species 9037

Scientists 1691

Localities 204

Institutions 38

Collections 51

The present numbers reflect a data filtering that counts only physical specimens, accepted taxons and verified data.



The geoPortal is the public platform for geodata of the Charles Darwin Foundation. There you can explore and download information, discover applications, and empower the solution of important local themes.

Analyze and combine layers using maps,
and also developing new applications.
Together, we can enhance this platform even more!


Story maps

We tell you some teasers of our scientific productions, with the combination of geographical information, narrative text, images and multimedia content. We use the potentiality of maps and geography to tell you a story.


Google Earth, a cost-effective tool for mapping mangroves

With the Very High Resolution Images of Google Earth, we reached a better mangrove cartography. Here our experience and results.


Mangrove Map Comparative Analysis

Dynamic navigation between two maps at the same time. Try to identify differences in the new and old mangrove maps...


Concentration of Sampling Data of Datazone Collections Database

In this storymap we analize in which places of The Galapagos we have more or less collected biological information. 

People in the Galapagos Islands

People in the Galapagos Islands

This storymap present a spatial analysis abut the human population situation in the Galapagos Islands, and some of its implications.

Extensive Update of Record Coordinates in CDF Database

Extensive Update of Record Coordinates in CDF

Records in the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) database needed to be given latitude and longitude coordinates...

Coastal Cleanup in Remote Sites of the Galapagos Islands

Coastal Cleanup in Remote Sites of the Galapagos Islands

Restoring and conserving coastal ecosystems through removal of marine debris. MapTour with interesting photos...

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