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Evening Lecture: The Galapagos Islands
August 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The Montana Natural History Center and Missoula travel company Adventure Life are exploring a partnership to offer exclusive MNHC member group excursions to exciting international destinations. These trips would visit fascinating locations with specialized natural history tours focusing on ecology, conservation, history, culture, art, and education – all while traveling with a close group of MNHC members. We have identified the Galapagos Islands as a potential inaugural destination.
Come learn about the Galapagos Islands from Ecuadorian biology student Maria Paula Clavijo. Maria Paula grew up exploring the mountains, jungles, and islands of her biodiverse country and now focuses on doing research in those places she explored as a child. She has experience in molecular dynamics, computer simulation, and lizard morphometry, and currently works as an assistant at the Applied Ecology Institute at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Her main interests are conservation policy and politics, environmental law, and resources management.
The isolated archipelago off the coast of Ecuador is home to many species not found anywhere else on Earth and is known for helping inspire Darwin’s theory of evolution. Maria Paula will share information about the geological formation of the archipelago, its history, biological importance, and the projects currently taking place on the Galapagos Islands.
This presentation will leave you wanting to visit the Galapagos Islands for yourself!