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Ernesto Bustamante Velarde is a Peruvian and in Peru he studied Environmental Engineering and worked for several years on themes related to extraction industries. Later, he studied for his Masters in Environmental Management in Australia, and when he returned to Peru in 2016 he decided to change his career towards topics about which he was passionate, such as conservation and climate change. After looking for work he had the opportunity to return to Galapagos and represent the Charles Darwin Foundation on Isabela.

Expanding science and knowledge on the largest island of the Galapagos

I have been very lucky to visit Galapagos numerous times, first as a volunteer at the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) and then at the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF). At the start of 2016 I returned to support the Foundation’s work as a “Local Liaison Coordinator” on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. I liked the idea of coming back and helping the Foundation, which has a long history of scientific advice for the management of the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.