The book integrates the knowledge and reflections of 30 scientists, of which many have dedicated a substantial part of their professional life to the Galapagos archipelago, to the conservation of its biodiversity and to the sustainable management of its resources. The book can be considered a milestone on the way to the successful conservation and sustainable development of this unique world heritage site.


part I|102 pages

The evolutionary context

chapter 1|13 pages

What Darwin found convincing in Galápagos

ByWilliam H. Durham

chapter 2|19 pages

Research on evolutionary principles in Galápagos

An overview of the past 50 years
ByCarlos A. Valle, Patricia G. Parker

chapter 3|17 pages

Evolution of pathogens and parasites on the Galápagos Islands

ByPatricia G. Parker, Noah K. Whiteman

chapter 4|35 pages

Turning points in evolution

Ethological perspectives on hominization
ByIrenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt

chapter 5|13 pages

The boat, the bay, and the museum

Significance of the 1905–1906 Galápagos expedition of the California Academy of Sciences
ByMatthew J. James

chapter 6|3 pages

Part I summary

The evolutionary context
ByMatthias Wolff, Mark Gardener

part II|78 pages

Biodiversity assessment and monitoring of change

chapter 7|14 pages

Monitoring the Galápagos ecosystem

Challenges, pitfalls and a vision for the future
ByJames P. Gibbs, Bryan Milstead

chapter 8|24 pages

The neglected majority

Biodiversity inventories as an integral part of conservation biology
ByFrank Bungartz, Frauke Ziemmeck, Nathalia Tirado, Patricia Jaramillo, Henri Herrera, Gustavo Jiménez-Uzcátegui

chapter 9|22 pages

The power of long-term monitoring to understand mechanisms of ecosystem change

The case of the Galápagos Marine Reserve
ByStuart Banks, Rodrigo Bustamante, Diego Ruiz, Natalia Tirado, Mariana Vera, Franz Smith

chapter 10|13 pages

Wildlife health monitoring and disease management

Protecting the biodiversity of Galápagos
ByPatricia G. Parker, Sharon L. Deem

chapter 11|3 pages

Part II summary

Biodiversity assessment and monitoring of change
ByMark Gardener, Matthias Wolff

part III|62 pages

A systemic approach

chapter 12|16 pages

Fifty years of eradication as a conservation tool in Galápagos

What are the limits?
ByRachel Atkinson, Mark Gardener, Grant Harper, Victor Carrion

chapter 13|29 pages

Food web structure of the Galápagos Marine Reserve after a decade of protection

Insights from trophic modeling
ByMatthias Wolff, Cesar Peñaherrera-Palma, Annika Krutwa

chapter 14|12 pages

Mediated Modeling

A useful tool for a collaborative and integrated assessment of the Galápagos?
ByMarjan van den Belt

chapter 15|3 pages

Part III summary

A systemic approach – modeling and restoration
ByMark Gardener, Matthias Wolff

part IV|46 pages

Reconciliation of conservation with socio-economic development

chapter 16|11 pages

The value of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation

A challenge for the Galápagos
ByRobert Costanza

chapter 17|19 pages

Nature and the world

A geohistory of Galápagos
ByChristophe Grenier

chapter 18|11 pages

Towards a self-sustained Galápagos?

ByMatthias Wolff, Mark Gardener

chapter 19|3 pages

Part IV summary

Reconciliation of conservation with socio-economic development
ByMatthias Wolff, Mark Gardener