Visiting and Adjunct Scientists

Long before the creation of the Charles Darwin Foundation, professional scientists and science enthusiasts came to Galapagos to study the archipelago’s fascinating environment and share their discoveries with the world.

CDF is today one of the foremost scientific organizations furnishing researchers with the tools to carry on their legacy of independent investigation and information sharing.

Adjunct scientist, Dr. Steven Blake, working with local CDF scientist Patricia Jaramillo.

The CDF science team extends an invitation to scientists and institutions in Ecuador and all over the world to participate in our areas of research. Such associations can be handled in various ways.

One form of cooperation is a formal partnership agreement with academic institutions, CDF and the Galapagos National Park (GNP) for independent, CDF-supported research that can reinforce CDF’s ongoing initiatives and complement our projects by addressing issues not currently part of the Foundation’s research portfolio.

There are three ways in which visiting scientists can collaborate with us:


Types of CDF alliances

Visiting scientists

Researchers with a GNP-approved project who visit the Galapagos Islands briefly to carry out their own research agenda. This type of research is not part of CDF’s Annual Operating Plan (AOP) and may or not contribute to CDF research priorities.

Adjunct scientists

Research associates, considered active members of the CDF team, who contribute to strategic AOP-based projects within the scope of the Foundation’s new thematic approach.

Expert advisers

A subset of adjunct scientists who focus on tasks specifically required by CDF in its AOP, by GNP or by other institutions, as necessary.

How to Apply

Individuals and institutions interested in taking part in this kind of collaboration should familiarize themselves with CDF’s research subjects and contact the VAS Program to inquire about projects in progress and programmed research activities.

To submit proposals, the following options are available:

  1. Submit your proposal to GNP through the VAS Program.
    This option enables CDF to properly follow these processes and provide any logistic support necessary from beginning to end.
  2. Submit your proposal directly to GNP.
    Scientists opting for this procedure will not have CDF monitoring or logistical assistance.


You can download more detailed information here:

Terms of reference
Information flow chart
Expeditionary fees


The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to tackle the greatest threats and challenges to Galapagos through scientific research and conservation action, in order to safeguard one of the world’s most important natural treasures.

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