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Research Hub

The hub for everything science and research!

Explore the scientific endeavours of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station, access over 60 years of scientific research data accumulated in various databases about the Galapagos Islands through our dataZone, and learn about how you can collaborate with our scientists.

Research Hub

Our Research Programs

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For more than 60 years, the research undertaken at the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) has focused on furthering our understanding of the natural systems, their relationship with those living in the archipelago, and the intricate and delicate balance between climate, mankind, and nature.

Major research efforts have also focused on the prevention, control, and eradication of invasive species to maintain Galapagos as one of the best-conserved archipelagos in the world.

Explore our research programs, the scientific data we have been collecting for over 6o years, and see how you can collaborate with us.

Natural History Collections

Our Natural History Collections of the Galapagos Islands is one of the largest in the world with over 135,000 specimens from more than 7,500 species.
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The dataZone houses a suite of applications granting access to over 60 years of scientific research data accumulated in various databases about the Galapagos Islands.
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Academic Collaborations

Whether you're a scientist seeking collaboration or independent research opportunities, a student aspiring to complete your PhD or Master's thesis under our guidance, or a university aiming to establish a semester abroad program in the Galapagos, the Charles Darwin Foundation is here to provide support.
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Our Science Strategy

Our Science Strategy outlines how we will focus our research and conservation agenda for the next 5 years in our quest to tackle the greatest and most urgent threats and challenges to Galapagos.

Our basic and applied research focus now align to five Scientific Priorities that will help us achieve more impact in and for Galapagos. These Priorities are:

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Bioinvasions
  3. Climate and Ocean Change
  4. Ecosystem Resilience and Restoration
  5. Science to Action
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Careers & Consultancies

Join our team of professionals who are passionate about conserving the Galapagos Islands.
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Library Online Catalog

Our library houses the bibliographic collections of the CDF and is available online.
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CDF Impact report

Reports & Publications

Download our latest publications, field guides, Galapagos Atlas of species, as well as impact reports.
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Datazone: Story maps & Geo Apps

Explore our geo apps featuring crucial geographic visualizations about the Galapagos Islands, and delve into our story maps providing sneak peeks of our scientific projects through a blend of geographic data, narrative text, images, and multimedia elements – harnessing the power of maps to tell compelling stories.
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