One of the Most Iconic Wilderness Areas in the World
Darwin’s conclusions regarding evolution, and his critical insights reflected in his 1859 book, "On the Origin of Species," were sparked by his voyage to South American and in particular, his five weeks in Galapagos.
The Galapagos Islands, complete with plants and animals found nowhere else on earth, are remarkably fragile and face significant challenges to the integrity of their natural systems. But with a growing human population and a strong and increasing reputation as a “bucket list” travel destination, the Galapagos Islands are no longer an isolated archipelago and have unique and unparalleled importance to science.
Ms. Barry will describe the work now being done in Galapagos, protecting and preserving native and endemic plants and animals with 21st century ingenuity and technology. She will discuss conservation efforts that reflect both the urgency of the work at hand and the cutting-edge nature of initiatives, which have implications for and applicability to other natural areas in the world.
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