Native species on the Galapagos Islands like sea lions and "Darwin's finches" are under threat from tourism and climate change. UNC researchers are working to find ways to save these species.
The UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
The Galapagos is a chain of 13 large islands about six hundred miles from the coast of Ecuador. It was there, in 1835, that the British scientist Charles Darwin began thinking about how animals change over time. Since then, scientists have called the Galapagos a living laboratory, a place to study evolution and natural selection. Now, with 180,000 tourists visiting each year, experts say the living lab is in danger, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill scientists are stepping up to help.