Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition:
Meet Our Experts
Marine ecologist and National Geographic grantee Pelayo Salinas de León is a senior marine scientist for the Charles Darwin Foundation focusing on the conservation of sharks and manta rays, fisheries management, and marine ecosystem services. In addition to fulfilling his childhood dream of conducting research on the creatures of the Galápagos Islands, Pelayo has contributed to research and conservation projects across the globe—including Spain, New Zealand, Indonesia, Cuba and Colombia. As part of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Initiative, Pelayo surveyed the marine species of the Galápagos Islands, which helped inform the government’s decision to create the new marine sanctuary around Darwin Island and Wolf Island, and revealed that the area is home to the world’s largest shark biomass. Pelayo joined the Ecuador & the Galápagos expedition in 2017. Expert information for 2018 coming soon.