Visiting and Adjunct Scientists

DSC00206.JPGAdjunct scientist, Dr. Steven Blake, working with local CDF scientist Patricia Jaramillo

Long before the creation of the Charles Darwin Foundation, professional scientists and science enthusiasts came to Galapagos to study the archipelago’s fascinating environment and share their discoveries with the world. CDF is today one of the foremost scientific organizations furnishing researchers with the tools to carry on their legacy of independent investigation and information sharing.

The CDF science team extends an invitation to scientists and institutions in Ecuador and all over the world to participate in our areas of research. Such associations can be handled in various ways.

One form of cooperation is a formal partnership agreement with academic institutions, CDF and the Galapagos National Park (GNP) for independent, CDF-supported research that can reinforce CDF’s ongoing initiatives and complement our projects by addressing issues not currently part of the Foundation’s research portfolio.

There are three types of CDF alliances:

Visiting scientists
Researchers with a GNP-approved project who visit the Galapagos Islands briefly to carry out their own research agenda. This type of research is not part of CDF’s Annual Operating Plan (AOP) and may or not contribute to CDF research priorities.

Adjunct scientists
Research associates, considered active members of the CDF team, who contribute to strategic AOP-based projects within the scope of the Foundation’s new thematic approach.

Expert advisers
A subset of adjunct scientists who focus on tasks specifically required by CDF in its AOP, by GNP or by other institutions, as necessary.

The aim of the Visiting and Adjunct Scientists (VAS) Program is to provide support to individuals interested in studying the climatology, oceanography, seismology, volcanology or any of the biotic aspects of the terrestrial and marine systems of the archipelago.

Moreover, a new social sciences approach has been added and we encourage interested partners to become involved.All this knowledge increases our scientific understanding of the Galapagos system and strengthens our role as the primary adviser to the Ecuadorian government on the conservation and sustainable development of the archipelago.

Individuals and institutions interested in taking part in this kind of collaboration should familiarize themselves with CDF’s research subjects and contact the VAS Program to inquire about projects in progress and programmed research activities.

To submit proposals, the following options are available:

1) Submit your proposal to GNP through the VAS Program. This option enables CDF to properly follow these processes and provide any logistic support necessary from beginning to end.

2) Submit your proposal directly to GNP. Scientists opting for this procedure will not have CDF monitoring or logistical assistance.

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