A spectacular celebration of one the world''s most
Travel agents everywhere are preparing for "the Darwin Effect,"
a boom in travel to Ecuador in 2009 for the 50th anniversary of the
creation of Galapagos National Park and the International Charles
Darwin Foundation. This lavishly illustrated book is the official
publication for these historic events.
This year also marks two other important milestones: the 150th
anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin''s On the
Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of his birth.
In 2007, growing pressure on the natural habitat prompted UNESCO
to put Galapagos on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Galapagos includes insightful essays and
fascinating stories by 30 of the world''s leading Galapagos
researchers, who describe the challenges and successes of
conservation efforts, past and present. Tui de Roy''s images
vividly show the seemingly alien beauty of the Galapagos landscape
This handsome book is an important resource for naturalists,
botanists, photographers, researchers, students and all who want a
permanent record of Darwin''s spectacular discovery.
The 28 chapters include:
- Islands on the Move: Significance of Hotspot Volcanoes
- Paleoclimate and the Future: A Knife-edge Balance
- Biodiversity Analysis: How Close to the Brink?
- Sunflower Trees and Giant Cacti: Vegetation Changes Over
- Inshore Fishes: The Case of the Missing Damsel
- Shark Migrations: Discovering the Golden Triangle
- Marine Iguanas: Their Boom and Bust Adaptations
- Darwin''s Finches: Investigating Evolution in Action
- The Waved Albatross: The Family Affairs of a Critically
- Penguins on the Equator: Hanging on by a Thread
- Sea Lions and Fur Seals: Cold Water Species on the Equator
- Reign on the Giant Tortoises: Repopulating Ancestral
- Saving "Lost" Plants: Finding and Nurturing the Survivors
- Reflections on Dangers and Solutions: "Noe Reall Islands," But
Tui de Roy is a naturalist, an expert on
Galapagos and the world''s preeminent Galapagos photographer. She
is the author and photographer of New Zealand, The Andes
and Albatross. She lives in New Zealand.
Sarah Darwin is a botanist and descendant of
Charles Darwin. She lives in the United Kingdom.
Contributing writers include: Dennis Geist,
volcanologist, University of Idaho; Julian Sachs,
paleoclimatologist, University of Washington; Conley K. McMullen,
botanist, James Madison University, Virginia; Jack S. Grove,
naturalist and research associate, Section of Ichthyology, Natural
History Museum of Los Angeles County; Alex Hearn, adjunct marine
biologist, University of California- Davis; Martin Wikelski and
Michael Romero, physiological ecologists, Max Planck Institute,
Germany, and Tufts University, Massachusetts; Peter and Rosemary
Grant, evolutionary biologists, Princeton University, New Jersey;
Patricia Parker, disease ecologist, WildCare institute, Saint Louis
Zoo, Missouri; David Anderson, evolutionary biologist, Wake Forest
University, North Carolina; Kathryn Huyvaert, ecologist, Colorado
State University; Karl Campbell, Island Conservation, California;
Godfrey Merlen, naturalist and independent researcher, WildAid,
Tui De Roy, editor and principal photographer ; Foreword by
A spectacular celebration of one of the world's most important domains.