Galapagos Science Center
The Galapagos Science Center is our research facility on Isla San Cristóbal
The Galapagos Science Center (GSC) is a joint effort between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and our partner, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador. Our two universities constructed this facility to advance our shared goal of promoting science and education that will help protect these fragile island ecosystems and and enhance the lives of their inhabitants. The 11,000 sq. ft. GSC facility houses four laboratories, each with a dedicated research focus: terrestrial ecology, marine ecology & oceanography, geospatial technologies (remote sensing & geographic information systems), and microbiology. The building also has office space for visiting physical, social, and health scientists, as well as multi-purpose space for community outreach and education events.
The site of the GSC is adjacent to USFQ’s Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) on Playa Mann, Isla San Cristobal. The facility is being used by UNC and USFQ faculty and students conducting research in the Galapagos Archipelago, as well as by Carolina students in study abroad science programs hosted next door at GAIAS.
North Carolina’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) is developing the information technology infrastructure for the GSC, which includes extensive local capabilities for both computation and data collection, as is integrated with IT systems on the main campuses of UNC and USFQ where possible.