• December 6, 2017

    Changing beaks – A shift in evolutionary thought by Sarah Langford »

    From the isolated island of Daphne Major in Galapagos to semi-ancient woodlands in Oxfordshire in the UK, an advance in scientific techniques has enabled us to increase our understanding of evolution on a scale Darwin could not have envisaged. In the heart of Oxfordshire seventy years ago, a pioneering long-term study of the great tits read more

  • November 7, 2017

    The need for sustainable tourism practices in Galapagos by Ben Stockwell »

    As the birthplace of Darwin’s theory of evolution, and with one of the highest rates of endemism in the world, the argument for conserving the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands may appear to be straightforward. Putting aside the intrinsic value of nature and our moral duty to preserve it, the findings made read more

  • October 4, 2017

    Teaching ‘Evolution In A Day’ resources! »

    By Sarah Langford, GCT education writer How do you approach teaching evolution to primary school children? Do you need help in planning activities that are suitable and exciting for the young scientists in your classroom? Look no further! We have developed an innovative ‘hands on’ day of activities designed to tackle this tricky concept, ticking read more

  • April 27, 2017

    Darwin’s Finches »

    Darwin’s finches are a group of fourteen species of finch, thirteen of which are endemic to Galapagos, the other to the Cocos Islands off the coast of Costa Rica. Their name is in reference to British scientist Charles Darwin, who discovered these small birds during the voyage of the Beagle to the Galapagos Islands in read more

    © Robert Stebbings
  • March 30, 2017

    The Gentle Giants of Galapagos »

    The Galapagos giant tortoise is one of the most famous animals of the Islands; with the Archipelago itself being named after them (Galapágo is an old Spanish word for tortoise). Scientists believe the first tortoises arrived in Galapagos 2–3 million years ago by drifting 1,000 kilometres from the South American coast on vegetation rafts, where read more

    Tortoise by Vanessa Horwell