Charles Darwin Foundation

A loud bang as the generator came on, the splashing of the waves against the side of the small blue-and-white fishing boat, and our expedition began. A team of 15 set sail due north on the night of the 20thof February, 2018. We had embarked upon a coastal clean-up trip for a week to Genovesa,...

At first glance, trees, coral, tortoises and fish may not seem to have much in common. However, one special feature these organisms share is that they lay down layers of organic material as they grow. Thus, the trunks of trees, scutes of a tortoise shell, coral skeletons and fish otoliths can all be used to provide valuable information about the organisms’ age....

I’ve had the life-altering experience of living in Galapagos for two months while volunteering on the communications team at the Charles Darwin Foundation. But rather than detailing the ins and outs of my daily tasks, I thought I would share some of the loco, mindboggling facts I have learnt about this enigmatic archipelago (and the planet) while living here....