“A little world within itself,” as Darwin described them, the Galápagos Islands offer life-altering encounters with wildlife unlike anywhere else on earth.
Mention the Galápagos Islands, and someone will invariably mention the giant tortoise or Darwin. And although Darwin's visit to this idyllic archipelago aboard the H.M.S. Beagle brought about a life's scientific work, our voyage to these islands could be just as life-altering. Join your fellow Princetonians to experience the flora and fauna of this wondrous place aboard the 52–berth National Geographic Endeavour II, January 3-12, 2020.
Begin the Journey from Guayaquil, the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, before flying some 600 miles off the coast to the Galápagos Islands. Animal life varies from island to island, but likely encounters include sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas, sea turtles and penguins, as well as a wealth of bird life such as frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos hawks, Darwin's finches, Nazca boobies, storm petrels and short-eared owls. In keeping with the nature of an expedition, your itinerary will be kept flexible, allowing you to take full advantage of this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary: join local naturalists for a nature walk, swim with sea lions, snorkel amongst a kaleidoscope of marine life or explore the pristine waters by kayak on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
About the Study Leader
D. Graham Burnett ’93 is a professor of the history of science at Princeton University, an editor of Cabinet magazine in Brooklyn, and a long-standing contributor and board member at Lapham’s Quarterly, based in New York City. He writes widely on the themes of technology, nature, and the environment, and his books on the scientific study of cetaceans — Trying Leviathan (Princeton University Press, 2005), and The Sounding of the Whale (University of Chicago Press, 2012) — have won several prizes. He has direct experience of the ecology and conservation problems of the Pacific through his service to the non-profit Vermilion Sea Institute and his years of co-teaching field courses on marine biology in Bahía de los Ángeles, work chronicled in Aaron Hirsh’s Telling Our Way to the Sea (FSG, 2014), winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Burnett has taught and published on Charles Darwin and evolutionary theory. In recent years Burnett has focused on the relationship of the sciences to the creative arts, receiving a Guggenheim in 2013-2014 for this work. He is associated with the performance collective known as ESTAR(SER) under whose auspices he has presented projects at Manifesta 11 (Zurich), The São Paulo Biennial (2018), SALT (Istanbul), and elsewhere.