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Today the Galapagos Islands, a milestone of sustainability, are faced with the challenges of consumptive demands of a growing tourism sector, an increasing residential population attracted to the Galapagos for jobs in the tourism industry, environmental management institutions and policies of government and non-government organizations, and ecosystems that are highly vulnerable to human activities and decision making. Research at the GSC focused on these linked human-environment interactions takes shape along the following lines of inquiry: Human migration and tourism, public health and disease ecology, agriculture and fisheries, access to care, land use/ land cover dynamics, invasive species eradication, social and ecological vulnerability and resilience, conservation and economic development, environmental health, and nutrition.

Water quality on San Cristobal Island

Antibiotic resistance in the environment

Research Projects

Agriculture, Wildlife, and Land Use in the Galapagos

People: Francisco Laso, Steve Walsh, Javier Arce-Nazario
Departments: Geography


Water, Food, and Health in San Cristóbal: The Healthy Family Study

People: Amanda Thompson, Enrique Terán, Margaret Bentley, Jill Stewart, Jaime Ocampo, Graham Pluck, and Khristopher Nicholas
Departments: Anthropology, Nutrition, Environmental Sciences & Engineering


Food Environments in the Galapagos: Geographic and Behavioral Determinants of Diet and Health

People: Khristopher Nicholas, Margaret Bentley, and Amanda Thompson
Departments: Nutrition, Anthropology

The Dual Burden of Disease in the Galapagos, Ecuador: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food and Water on Isabela Island

People: Donald L Fejfar, Elijah Watson, Kishan Patel, Nick Badhwa, Khristopher Nicholas, Amanda Thompson, Peggy Bentley, and Jill Stewart
Departments: Nutrition, Anthropology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences

Feasibility of Educational Support Measures for Parenting Skills and Mental Health Symptoms in Mothers of Young Children in the Galapagos

People: Julee Waldrop, Betty Martinez, Alasia Ledford, Amanda Thompson, Hannah Jahnke
Departments: Nursing, Anthropology

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: The intergenerational effects of maternal stress in the Galapagos Islands

People: Hannah Jahnke, Amanda Thompson, Peggy Bentley
Departments: Anthropology, Nutrition

Lessons from the Environmental Resistome in Galapagos: A One Health Perspective

People: Alyssa Grube, Jill Stewart
Departments: Environmental Sciences & Engineering


Synthesis of Drivers, Patterns, and Trajectories of LCLUC in Island Ecosystems, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

People: Steve Walsh, Richard Bilsborrow, Laura Brewington, Yang Shao, Hernando Mattei,  Francisco Laso, Phil Page, Brian Frizzelle
Departments: Geography

Water Cycling and Critical Zone Processes in the Tropics: The Galapagos as a Natural Laboratory

People: Xiaoming Liu, Diego Riveros-Iregui
Departments: Geological Sciences, Geography

Water Quality Assessments on San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

People: Jill Stewart, Valeria Ochoa-Herrera
Departments: Environmental Sciences & Engineering