To address the current challenges facing the Galapagos Islands such as population growth, resource conflict, and economic development, a collaborative partnership has been created between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. The partnership is designed to foster research, education, and outreach programs in the islands, with the larger goals of advancing conservation efforts in the Galapagos and promoting better understanding of ecologically sensitive and protected areas worldwide.

The Center for Galapagos Studies coordinates UNC’s Galapagos-related research, teaching, and outreach activities in Chapel Hill with the joint UNC/USFQ Galapagos Science Center located on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago.



Meet Jill Stewart and the Program

Posted 12 months ago

A clean, tidy office lies at the end of the secured hallway. A bobble head turtle sits in the middle of a shelf. Underneath, magazines sport mighty Komodo Dragons on their covers. Jill Stewart came to UNC for her Master’s … Continued

Percy working with bedrock

Madelyn Percy awarded CZO-SAVI Program grant

Posted 2 years ago

Ph.D. student Madelyn Percy has been awarded a grant from the NSF Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) Program for her promising work in the Galapagos. That’s an eight-letter acronym – so, what exactly is the CZO-SAVI Program? … Continued

Kelly Houck (center) with other immunology award winners at the 2015 Experimental Biology Conference.

Kelly Houck wins immunology award for Galapagos work

Posted 2 years ago

Kelly Houck, a graduate associate of the Center for Galapagos Studies, was awarded the First Place in the Emerging Leader in Nutritional Immunology Competition by the American Society for Nutrition at the 2015 Experimental Biology Conference. Her presentation on Effects of … Continued

Percy expressing her natural enthusiasm for field work

Madelyn Percy awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted 2 years ago

Madelyn Percy, a Ph.D. student in Geological Sciences at UNC, was awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to conduct her research in the Galapagos Islands. To whom else has the NSF offered this prestigious fellowship?  For starters, … Continued


Galapagos Science Center installs photovoltaic solar panels

Posted 2 years ago

The joint UNC-USFQ Galapagos Science Center located in San Cristobal, Galapagos, has installed a set of photovoltaic solar panels for electricity generation. These panels are being used to supply part of the electricity needs of the research center. Due to … Continued