James Gibbs

Guest Speaker

Dr. James Gibbs is currently Professor at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse where he teaches courses in Conservation Biology and Herpetology.  He has performed research in the Galapagos Islands since 1981, when he served as a volunteer on Peter and Rosemary Grant’s Darwin’s Finch project, living and measuring finches for 6 months on Daphne Island and then again for 5 months on Genovesa Island.  Many years and approximately 50 trips to Galapagos later, he is now co-leader of the Galapagos Conservancy’s Galapagos Tortoise Restoration Initiative overseeing the program of research behind tortoise restoration.  He has also served as “Wise Sage,” Prometeo Program, National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of Ecuador (2012-2014) and published widely on biology and conservation of Galapagos organisms. 

Gibbs has a PhD from Yale University, a MS from the University of Missouri and a B.S. from the University of Maine.  In addition to work in Galapagos he has worked extensively on conservation projects in many other parts of the world including Tanzania (on endangered amphibians), Russia (snow leopards), and Brazil (river turtles).  

Gibbs looks forward to presenting a lecture on “Restoring the Giant Tortoise Dynasties of the Galápagos” and also enjoys providing scientific perspectives to the archipelago’s visitors on Galapagos ecology and conservation.


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