Wonders of the Galápagos Islands: A Voyage of Discovery
Sail aboard the M.V. Santa Cruz and discover every nature lover's dream come to life on the Galápagos Islands.
- A Q&A with Expert Francesca Casertano
- A Tale of Two Monuments (and Three Centuries of Tourists)
- A Magical Tour of the City of Light
- Incredible, unforgettable India!
Howard Topoff and Carol Simon are biologists specializing in the fields of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. After receiving their Ph.D. degrees, they spent their scientific careers as professors at The City University of New York, and as Research Associates at The American Museum of Natural History. Their field research on animal behavior is conducted in Central and South America, Africa, and the southwestern corner of the United States. As study leaders on Natural History tours for over 35 years, they have developed an extensive series of educational and entertaining multimedia presentations, which they offer to vacationing guests who enjoy location-specific enrichment programs.
Conservation Biologist Francisco Dallmeier has been a conservation biologist with the Smithsonian Institution for the past 26 years. Dr. Dallmeier has developed many training programs in biodiversity research, monitoring, and conservation and has taught several hundred university students and professionals. He represents the Smithsonian Institution on advisory boards for both conservation and governmental organizations and has worked with UNESCO, Environment Canada, and regional partners to develop forest biodiversity monitoring programs and capacity building for sites around the world. Together with Environment Canada in 2008, he led the International Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Americas.
Dr. Dallmeier is the director of Smithsonian's Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability (CCES), part of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). CCES provides research and conservation approaches for sustainable development and world-class professional and academic programs for conservation practitioners.
For nearly 15 years Francisco has been instrumental in forging strategic partnerships between the Smithsonian and the energy industry so that biodiversity conservation is integrated into mainstream development. Other projects include working with NZP colleagues to formalize a multi-million dollar partnership with the World Bank to implement the Global Tiger Initiative/Conservation and Development Network. This long-term project will integrate biodiversity conservation into sustainable development in 13 tiger range countries and provide resources for trainers, practitioners, and regional leaders. Dr. Dallmeier also led and coordinated the successful nomination of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal as a core site for the Mid-Atlantic National Science Foundation/ National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Francisco received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University.