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.

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 Seals cavorting in the ocean  Green sea turtle in the Galápagos  Travelers snapping a photo of seals   Swallow-tailed Gull  Two Nazca Boobies  Galápagos giant tortoise  Cathedral of Quito  Weaving is a time-honored tradition in Peru  Machu Picchu
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Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco Dallmeier

Feb 14 - 23, 2016

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.