Mention the Galpagos 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 48-guest National Geographic Islander, September 2-11, 2017.
Begin the Journey from Guayaquil, the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador. Then fly some 600 miles off the coast to the Galpagos 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, Galpagos 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 advantage of this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to go on nature walks with local naturalists, swim, snorkel or explore the waters by kayak.
David Wilcove *85, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, will serve as study leader for this program.
Appropriately bestowed a dual appointment in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department and the Woodrow Wilson School, Professor Wilcove has long been poised at the intersection of environmental science and policy. His research focuses on the conservation of biodiversity and, in particular, the development of innovative approaches to protect endangered species, migratory species and wilderness. He has also studied the impacts of global climate change on wildlife. Over the past decade, he has undertaken a number of studies pertaining to imperiled wildlife around the world. His most recent book, No Way Home: The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations, was released in fall 2007. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 2001, he served as senior ecologist with the Environmental Defense Fund (1991-2001) and The Wilderness Society (1986-1991). Professor Wilcove graduated from Yale cum laude with distinction in the major of biology and continued to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in that same field from Princeton.