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Administration

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Amanda Thompson, PhD, MPH

Interim Director, Center for Galapagos Studies, UNC-CH
Co-Director, Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal, Ecuador
Professor and Chair, Anthropology, UNC-CH
Professor, Nutrition, UNC-CH
GSC Advisory Board, Ex-officio


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Kelly Weaver

Director of External Affairs & Communications, Center for Galapagos Studies, UNC-CH


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Katya McKerr

Project and Operations Manager, Center for Galapagos Studies, UNC-CH
Project and Operations Manager, Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal, Ecuador


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Don Hobart

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC-CH
GSC Advisory Board, Member



Faculty

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Javier Arce-Nazario, PhD

Associate Professor, Geography, UNC-CH


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John Bruno, PhD

Professor, Biology, UNC-CH


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Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN, OCN, FAAN

Frances Hill Fox Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, UNC-CH
Senior Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, School of Nursing, UNC-CH
Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety, School of Nursing, UNC-CH


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Paúl Cárdenas, MD, PhD

Professor of Microbiology, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Biology, UNC-CH


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Jaime Chaves, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Evolutionary Biology, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Biology, UNC-CH


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Gina Chowa, PhD, MSW

Associate Dean for Global Engagement, School of Social Work, UNC-CH
Johnson-Howard-Adair Distinguished Professor, School of Social Work, UNC-CH
Director, Global Social Development Innovations, School of Social Work, UNC-CH
GSC Advisory Board, Member


María de Lourdes Torres, PhD

Vice-Dean, College of Biological and Environmental Sciences, USFQ
Head of the Biotechnology Department, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Biology, UNC-CH
GSC Advisory Board, Member


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Andrea Encalada, PhD

Vice-Rector, USFQ
Director, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, BIOSFERA Research Institute, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Geography, UNC-CH


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Cynthia Fraga Rizo, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, UNC-CH
John A. Tate Early Career Scholar


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Scott Gifford, PhD

Assistant Professor, Marine Sciences, UNC-CH
Sewell Family Foundation Fellow


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Alex Hearn, PhD

Professor, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Biology, UNC-CH


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Corbin Jones, PhD

Professor, Biology, UNC-CH
Faculty Director of Genomic Technologies, School of Medicine, UNC-CH
CGS Faculty Research Director
GSC Advisory Board, Member


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Antonio León, PhD

Professor, Agricultural and Food Biotechnology, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Biology, UNC-CH


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Gregory Lewbart, MS, VMD

Professor, Aquatic, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine, NC State University


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Xiaoming Liu, PhD

Associate Professor, Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences, UNC-CH
CGS Faculty Research Director


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Kenneth Lohmann, PhD

Charles P. Postelle, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biology, UNC-CH


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Adrian Marchetti, PhD

Professor, Marine Sciences, UNC-CH
CGS Faculty Research Director
GSC Advisory Board, Member


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Carlos Mena, PhD

Co-Director, Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal, Ecuador
Director, Galapagos Research, USFQ
Director and Professor, Institute of Geography, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Geography, UNC-CH
GSC Advisory Board, Ex-officio


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Janet Nye, PhD

Associate Professor, Institute of Marine Sciences, UNC-CH
Associate Professor, Earth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences, UNC-CH


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Caela O’Connell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UNC-CH
Assistant Professor, Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program, UNC-CH


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Valeria Ochoa-Herrera, PhD

Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, USFQ


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Diego Quiroga, PhD

Rector, USFQ
Professor, Environmental and Life Sciences, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Geography, UNC-CH


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Gonzalo Rivas-Torres, PhD

Professor of Ecology, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Geography, UNC-CH


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Diego Riveros-Iregui, PhD

Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor of Geography, UNC-CH
Faculty, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-CH


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Alfredo Rojas, PhD

Postdoctoral Trainee, Carolina Population Center, UNC-CH


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Troy Sadler, PhD

Thomas James Distinguished Professor in Experiential Learning, School of Education, UNC-CH


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Harvey Seim, PhD

Professor, Marine Sciences, UNC-CH


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Jill Stewart, PhD

Singer Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC-CH
CGS Faculty Research Director
GSC Advisory Board, Chair


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Paul Taillie, PhD

Assistant Professor, Geography, UNC-CH


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Enrique Terán, MD, PhD

Professor, School of Medicine, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology, UNC-CH


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Amanda Thompson, PhD, MPH

Interim Director, Center for Galapagos Studies, UNC-CH
Co-Director, Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal, Ecuador
Professor and Chair, Anthropology, UNC-CH
Professor, Nutrition, UNC-CH
GSC Advisory Board, Ex-officio


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Gabriel Trueba, PhD

Director and Professor, Institute of Microbiology, USFQ
Adjunct Professor, Biology, UNC-CH


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Todd Vision, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology, UNC-CH


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William Vizuete, PhD

Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, UNC-CH


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Heather Wasser, PhD

Assistant Professor, Nutrition, UNC-CH


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Megan Williams, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UNC-CH


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Senay Yitbarek, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biology, UNC-CH



Graduate Students

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Esteban Agudo

PhD Candidate, Biology, UNC-CH


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Hanna Brosky

PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering, UNC-CH


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Ivonne Headley

PhD Student, Nutrition, UNC-CH


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Salomé Jaramillo Gil

PhD Candidate, Biology, UNC-CH


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Prisca Lim

MS Candidate, Marine Sciences, UNC-CH


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Josh Miller

PhD Candidate, Nutrition, UNC-CH


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Savannah Ryburn

PhD Candidate, Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program, UNC-CH


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Isabel Silva-Romero

PhD Candidate, Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, UNC-CH


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Liang “Acacia” Zhao

PhD Candidate, Marine Sciences, UNC-CH



Undergraduate Students

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Andy Little

English and Comparative Literature Major, UNC-CH
Creative Writing Minor, UNC-CH



Faculty & Students Emeriti

Faculty Emeriti

Margaret “Peggy” Bentley, MA, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Emeritus
Fellow, Carolina Population Center


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Steve Walsh, PhD

Founding Emeritus Director, Center for Galapagos Studies, UNC-CH
Emeritus Founding Co- Director, Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Geography, UNC-CH
Research Professor, Geography, UNC-CH
GSC Advisory Board, Member


Graduate Students Emeriti

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Haley Capone, MS

MS Biology, UNC-CH 2023


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Lauren Goodman, MS

MS Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program, UNC-CH 2020
UNC Merit Fellow


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Alyssa Grube, MS, PhD

MS, PhD Environmental Sciences & Engineering, UNC-CH 2021
National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow


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Hannah Jahnke, PhD

PhD Anthropology, UNC-CH 2020
Former Trainee, Carolina Population Center
Fulbright-Hays Fellow


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Francisco Laso, PhD

PhD Geography, UNC-CH 2021
World Wildlife Fund E. Train Fellow


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Khristopher Nicholas, PhD

PhD Nutrition, UNC-CH 2022


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Bryan Reatini, PhD

PhD Biology, UNC-CH 2021
Fulbright Scholar


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Tessa Szalkowski, MS

MS Environmental Science & Engineering, UNC-CH 2021


Undergraduate Students Emeriti

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Nick Badhwa

BSPH Environmental Health Sciences, UNC-CH 2020


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Don Fejfar

BSPH Biostatistics, UNC-CH 2021
Morehead-Cain Scholar


Molly Herring

BA Biology, UNC-CH 2023
BA Global Studies, UNC-CH 2023


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Kishan Patel

BSPH Nutrition, UNC-CH 2020


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Emily Solomonson

BS Environmental Studies, UNC-CH 2019


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Elijah Watson

BA Anthropology, UNC-CH 2019


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Gus Winiker

BS Environmental Science, UNC-CH 2022
Data Analysis Intern