Evolution of the Galapagos in the Anthropocene

The Galapagos Islands inspired the theory of evolution by means of natural selection; now in the Anthropocene, the Galapagos represent an important natural laboratory to understand ecosystem resilience in the face of climate extremes and enable effective socio-ecological co-evolution under climate change.

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Fig. 1: Global change in the Galapagos.


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We thank M. Schuiteman for reviewing early drafts of the manuscript. We also thank the staff of the Charles Darwin Research Station that made possible the International Workshop to develop a Climate Change Research Agenda to inform climate change adaptation and mitigation for the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and to the Galapagos National Park Directorate for institutional support. We also thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Dr. Gerard ‘Jerry’ Wellington Memorial Fund created by A. Blackwell for the funding provided to the Charles Darwin Foundation. This publication is contribution no. 2329 of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands.

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Salinas-de-León, P., Andrade, S., Arnés-Urgellés, C. et al. Evolution of the Galapagos in the Anthropocene. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 380–382 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0761-9

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