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  • Title: The UNC Center for Galapagos Studies — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: .. Personal tools.. Skip to content.. |.. Skip to navigation.. Site Map.. Contact Us.. Log in.. Sections.. Home.. About.. People.. Research.. Education.. Outreach.. Links.. Search Site.. Search.. only in current section.. Advanced Search.. Info.. alcedo_tortoises.. Galapagos Tortoises on Volcan Alcedo.. Bartolome Island.. marine iguana.. sunset.. sea lion.. Recent News.. May 19, 2011.. Sister Cities: Chapel Hill San Cristobal.. May 14, 2011.. Chancellor, UNC delegation in Galapagos.. May 7, 2011.. Unique UNC presence in Galapagos helps inform conservation debate.. May 4, 2011.. Hennessy awarded SSRC and NSF funding.. see all news.. The UNC Center for Galapagos Studies.. About the Center.. To address the current challenges facing the Galapagos Islands such as  ...   foster research, education, and outreach programs in the islands, with the larger goals of advancing conservation efforts in the Galapagos and promoting better understanding of ecologically sensitive and protected areas worldwide.. Read more.. about the Center.. Spotlight: GALAPAGOS SCIENCE CENTER.. The new.. Galapagos Science Center.. is a state-of-the-art research facility in the Galapagos Archipelago.. This new facility, completed by UNC and our partner USFQ in 2012, will used by faculty and students from both universities to conduct research in this special and unique environment, a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Darwin's theory of natural selection.. Read more about the.. 2012.. Center for Galapagos Studies.. Development by.. Six Feet Up..

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  • Title: UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Contact form.. Fill in this form to contact the site owners.. Feedback details.. Name.. Please enter your full name.. E-Mail.. (Required).. Please enter your e-mail address.. Subject.. Please enter the subject of the message you want to send.. Message.. Please enter the message you want to send..

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  • Title: Welcome — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: About.. The Initiative.. About Galapagos.. News.. Welcome.. Conflicts between resource conservation and economic development occur as a consequence of the direct and indirect effects of a burgeoning human population (i.. e.. , 28,000 as of 2007) that continues to migrate to the Galapagos Islands primarily from the mainland of Ecuador, as well as from tourists who visit the archipelago from around the world (i.. , 170,000 in 2007).. This growing human population is now threatening the future of this archipelago – its resources, ecological fragility, and human-environment interactions that exist in this charismatic place – and, as such, the United Nations has recently designated the Galapagos Islands “at risk” from the threats associated with population growth and economic  ...   The Center for Galapagos Studies will address the complex interactions among social, terrestrial, and marine environments through an integrated perspective that couples human and natural systems.. Geo-spatial technologies are emphasized, as disparate data are used to assess people, environment, and their interactions across the social, natural, and spatial sciences.. The Center will link to local, national, and international organizations and institutions.. UNC-Chapel Hill has Memoranda of Understanding with the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation, as well as with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.. An interdisciplinary emphasis will guide the activities, and the study of social, terrestrial, and marine sub-systems in a World Heritage Site as a model for understanding similarly challenged environments around the World..

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  • Title: People at CGS — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: People.. Faculty Fellows.. Student Associates.. Center Administration.. Center Committees.. USFQ Collaborators.. People at CGS.. Faculty Students.. The core of the Center for Galapagos Studies is composed of our.. faculty fellows.. and.. student associates.. from across the UNC campus.. To address the complex interactions of society and the environment of the Galapagos Archipelago, the Center is by necessity an interdisciplinary entity.. CGS faculty and students have academic homes in  ...   health behavior health education, journalism mass communication, marine science, nutrition, public policy, and sociology.. Administration.. The Center's.. administration.. works in conjunction with several.. faculty committees.. providing consultation and guidance on specific topics.. The Center for Galapagos Studies work closely with our.. colleagues at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.. on the administration of the Galapagos Science Center research facility on Isla San Cristobal as well as specific research projects..

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  • Title: Research Projects — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Research.. General Areas of Program Emphasis.. Research Snapshots.. Research Projects.. Through an extensive and intensive program of integrated and interdisciplinary research, the primary goal is to assess the social and ecological sustainability of the Galapagos Islands, understand the complex nature of global.. interconnections, develop education and knowledge transfer programs that benefit UNC and the global community, inform policy and management, develop and translate research technologies to industry and government, and developed insights and understandings to address the cross-cutting challenges that face science, society, and this vulnerable place.. Beyond the Galapagos Islands, the program will create a global template for the study of other conflicted and challenged places throughout the world that are located in and around protected areas, as well as in  ...   be achieved in the Galapagos Islands and beyond?”.. Among the complementary questions that will be addressed include the following:.. What strategies can be developed that allow economic development and resource conservation to occur in a compatible and sustainable way that benefits people and environment?.. What are the explicit and implicit links, pattern-process relations, and dynamics between social, terrestrial, and marine sub-systems in the Galapagos Islands?.. What are the impacts of invasive flora and fauna on native and endemic species, habitat quality and dynamics, and the sustainability of households and communities?.. What dynamic systems modeling and visualization tools can be developed to facilitate answers to the above questions in the Galapagos Islands and for similar questions in other endangered ecosystems around the world?..

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  • Title: Education Plan — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Education Plan.. Through an extensive and intensive program of integrated and interdisciplinary research and education, the primary goals are to understand the complex nature of population-environment interactions, challenges related to resource conservation and economic development, global interconnections, develop education and knowledge transfer programs that benefit UNC-Chapel Hill, our collaborators, and the global community, inform policy and management, develop and translate research technologies to industry and government, and develop insights and understandings to address the cross-cutting challenges that face science, society, and this vulnerable place.. Our education plan will engage scientists, visitors to the Islands, decision-makers, institutional stakeholders; students from Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, the U.. S.. and other international locations; and local community groups and individuals living in the islands, as well as global participants who advocate a vision of the island’s future.. Our plan stresses important elements of our coupled natural-human system: importance of context and place, importance of relationships between patterns and processes of social-ecological change, assessment and measurement, monitoring and modeling of human-environment relationships, and scenario testing of the complex interplay between people and environment within the context of conservation and development.. The education activities will occur in a number of strategic and integrated ways, for instance:.. (1) We will create a series of research and educational networks that deepen the international collaborations between faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, other US and international universities, scientists and managers at the Galapagos National Park, Charles Darwin Foundation Research Station, NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International, faculty and students at the University of San Francisco at Quito (USFQ), and other organizations who seek to understand the social, terrestrial, and marine sub-systems of the Islands, as well as other similarly challenged places around the world.. We will expand a partnership that has already begun with our collaborating Ecuadorian organizations through Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) that have been endorsed by each institution.. We believe that resource conservation-economic development issues need to be studied through linkages of the global North and South.. Bringing together students and scholars with various perspectives, institutions, and experiences will allow us to build working relationships that take into account these differences and move forward towards finding common grounds on which to build effective and holistic conservation science.. (2) To further increase diverse learning experiences for students, we have developed a Study Abroad program between UNC-Chapel Hill and USFQ that emphasizes educational programs for undergraduate students at the main USFQ campus, as well as in the Galapagos Islands at their campus on San Cristobal Island (GAIAS - Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences); arrangements also have been made for USFQ students to enroll in courses at UNC-Chapel Hill.. (3) We have also developed a Seminar Series on the Galapagos Islands that will bring UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to USFQ and USFQ faculty to the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.. (4) Faculty associated with this proposed project are invited to teach existing courses at GAIAS as well as to create new courses designed around the  ...   methods, remote sensing image processing, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis approaches.. (6) We will work to develop a community outreach and education program by collaborating with the primary and secondary public schools in the Galapagos Islands (i.. , Isabela, Santa Cruz, and San Cristobal Islands); we will also place the educational material on the Galapagos National Park’s web site for access by international visitors, those contemplating travel to the islands, government and non-government organizations associated with the Galapagos Islands, and local citizens and institutions.. Research teams will transform research goals, data, methods, and findings into teaching modules that are suitable for children and adults.. The modules will address questions relevant to the lives of local people, as well as the direct and indirect effects of tourism on the social, terrestrial, and marine sub-systems of the Galapagos Islands.. For instance, alternate household livelihood strategies will be examined within the context of exogenous factors such as El Niño events; the spread (or eradication) of invasive plant and animal species; employment in fisheries, tourism, or construction; and the vulnerability and resilience of ecological and social systems in a World Heritage Site through tourism, population migration, and institutions and their policies.. Further, we will adapt the teaching materials to supplement information on the web site of the Galapagos National Park that addresses the consumptive issues of tourism on the resources of the archipelago, with a special emphasis on the vulnerability of the coupled human-natural system and the relevance of exogenous and endogenous factors in system behaviors and dynamics.. (7) Graduate students supported in this project will link to the NSF IGERT Program on population-environment interactions at the Carolina Population Center.. Also, a graduate seminar on “Population-Environment Interactions” is taught by Professor Walsh that emphasizes the many challenges of linking people and environment in the Galapagos Islands and elsewhere.. For instance, Walsh is scheduled to teach the graduate seminar during the spring semester of 2009, and every other year thereafter, along with other project faculty as co-instructors.. We also anticipate that undergraduates will become increasingly involved in the Galapagos project as this proposal is viewed as the cornerstone of a much larger effort to integrate research and education across the sciences and campus using the Galapagos as a “living laboratory.. ” In October 2008, the Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC-Chapel Hill announced the development of a pan-university Center for Galapagos Studies (CGS) that is directed by Professor Walsh.. Through the Galapagos Working Group of faculty and students from across campus, CGS focuses on the development of interdisciplinary and integrative research, education, and outreach programs in the Galapagos Islands with an emphasis on population-environment interactions and coupled natural-human systems.. Through a collaborative partnership between USFQ and UNC-Chapel Hill, the development of the Islabela Center for Galapagos Studies, a research and training facility on Isabela Island in the Galapagos archipelago, is being explored.. The intent is to integrate social, natural, and spatial sciences into the study of social, terrestrial, and marine sub-systems in the Galapagos as a global template..

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  • Title: Outreach Programs — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Outreach Programs.. Outreach and knowledge transfer programs are vital elements of the collaborative enterprise between USFQ and UNC-Chapel Hill in the Galapagos Islands.. The intention is for both institutions to develop programs that explicitly build cooperation, association, and partnership with island residents and institutions through, for instance, our engagement in local education and training in the public schools, contributing to the understanding of family issues and community management, enhancement of human health and access to care, assessment of alternative  ...   and development industries in the islands.. Relying upon basic and applied research and a statement of family and community needs, programs will be developed that draw from the full complement of faculty and students from both campuses who have skills, interests, and abilities to work with individuals, households, communities, and institutions and to link actions to needs that effectively address vital topics in the lives of local people and the social and ecological vulnerabilities of the Galapagos Islands more generally..

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  • Title: Links — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Links.. For more information about the institutions collaborating on the Galapagos Initiative:.. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.. Carolina Population Center.. College of Arts Sciences.. Renaissance Computing Institute.. Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.. Institute for the Environment.. Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.. Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences.. For more information about other institutions in the Galapagos Islands:.. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador.. Charles Darwin Research Station / Charles Darwin Foundation, Ecuador.. World Wildlife Fund.. Conservation International..

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  • Title: Sister Cities: Chapel Hill & San Cristobal — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Sister Cities: Chapel Hill San Cristobal.. Chapel Hill mayor Mark Kleinschmidt participates in a "sister city" ceremony inaugurating the relationship between Chapel Hill and Isla San Cristobal.. As part of the events surrounding the dedication of the Galapagos Science Center, Chapel Hill and the island of San Cristobal have begun a sister city relationship.. At a ceremony at the Charles Darwin Convention Center in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal's primary town, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and San Cristobal mayor Pedro Zapata presented a jointly prepared.. "Resolution Establishing A Sister City Relationship With The Community Of Puerto  ...   chancellors of UNC and USFQ, respectively, U.. Congressman David Price (NC-4), Governor of the Province of Galapagos Jorge Torres, and USFQ Dean for Research Diego Quiroga.. Both mayors discussed the vision for the towns' relationship, including cultural exchange activities between the two towns among the students, teachers, civic leaders, business people, and citizens.. The sister city relationship will ".. will further bind Chapel Hill and San Cristobal Island, encourage good will and promote the shared commitment to the Galapagos Islands and the mission of Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill..

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  • Title: Chancellor, UNC delegation in Galapagos — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Chancellor, UNC delegation in Galapagos.. UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp leads a delegation to San Cristobal for the dedication of the Galapagos Science Center.. UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp is on Isla San Cristobal to participate in the dedication ceremony for the.. on Monday , May 16th.. Chancellor Thorp's delegation includes Vice Chancellor for Research Barbara Entwisle, Arts Sciences Dean Karen Gill, and other members of the UNC leadership and faculty including Steve Walsh, Director of the.. Center for Galapagos Studies.. , and Co-Director of the Galapagos Science Center.. They are joined by U.. Representative David Price  ...   D.. , '77), President Carlos Montufar, Vice President for Research Diego Quiroga, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gonzalo Mendieta.. Carlos Mena (UNC Ph.. , '07), Co-Director of the Galapagos Science Center, will be among the group of USFQ faculty and senior administrators attending.. Manuel Baldeon, Ecuadorian Minister of Science, and Edwin Naula, Director of the Galapagos National Park, will also attend the ceremony.. While in San Cristobal for the dedication, representatives from the universities will hold meetings with local officials on plans for science and education initiatives, as well as outreach within the Galapagos community..

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  • Title: Unique UNC presence in Galapagos helps inform conservation debate — UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
    Descriptive info: Unique UNC presence in Galapagos helps inform conservation debate.. A UNC Campus Update story describes Carolina's Galapagos initiative.. A new.. Campus Update story.. on the UNC web page describes Carolina's new emphasis on research, education, and outreach in the Galapagos Archipelago, and the development of the Galapagos Science Center there, on Isla San Cristobal.. The story covers UNC's relationship with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and our plans for collaborative efforts in the debates over conservation in the Galapagos.. Read it.. here..

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