Memberships, Master Agreements and Affiliations

Galapagos Science Center

The University of South Alabama is a member of the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) Consortium in San Cristobal on the Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador. Internal Travel Grants are available from South for establishing collaborations and pursuing pilot research.  The University will provide up to $3000.00 for travel to establish linkages with the GSC.  Please see this link for details. The Galapagos are stunning, rich environments for research and education and other academic endeavors. Opportunities include both faculty and graduate and undergraduate research as well as providing topical study-abroad courses. The membership in the Consortium facilitates collaborative relationships for USA students and faculty with GSC as well as UNC Chapel Hill and the University of San Francisco de Quito.

The lead institutions are the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) with other University members. South also has an MOU with USFQ. 


  • The leadership and staff at GSC provide research support, assistance in setting up research projects, required permitting, and connections with world-wide Consortium members.
  • The opportunities with USFQ in Quito include research, faculty exchanges, student exchange, undergraduate and health related residencies and short-term internships.
  • The Center has extensive laboratory facilities and instrumentation that are available for members.
  • GSC also has established relationships with the Community that is critical for research on or about the archipelago.

The focus is on field and laboratory research but also encourages studies of the community health and well-being.

Topics of Interest at the Galapagos Science Center

These include, but are in no way limited to:

  1. Climatology, oceanography, seismology and volcanology
  2. The biotic aspects of the terrestrial & marine systems of the Galapagos Archipelago.
  3. Fisheries and Fisheries Management
  4. Water and Water Quality
  5. Relationships & interactions between the natural system & social system of the islands.
  6. Tourism and Hospitality
  7. Health related research and services
  8. Human nutrition and psychosocial interactions.
  9. Civil and Coastal Engineering


For additional information please contact:

Dr. Tony Waldrop
F.P. Whiddon Administration Bldg. AD130
307 University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688

Lynne Chronister
Vice President of Research and Economic Development
F.P. Whiddon Administration Bldg. AD200
307 University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688

Dr. David Johnson
Provost and Senior VP of Academic Affairs
F.P. Whiddon Administration Bldg. AD300
307 University Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36688