Carlos F. Mena

    Director, Co-Director, Professor of Life & Environmental Sciences
    USFQ Institute of Geography, UNC-USFQ Galapagos Science Center, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

    Dr Mena is a Professor of Geography, School of Life & Environmental Sciences; Director, Institute of Geography, Universidad San Francisco de Quito; and Co-Director of the UNC-USFQ Galapagos Science Center, Galapagos Archipelago of Ecuador

    Together, Walsh & Mena co-founded the Galapagos Initiative and formed a strategic partnership between their two institutions. The central achievement of the Galapagos Initiative is the 2011 construction of the 20,000-square-foot Galapagos Science Center that emphasizes research, education, and community outreach, achieved through interdisciplinary and integrative studies conducted in the GSC labs – genetics and microbiology, marine ecology, terrestrial ecology, and spatial analysis and modelling. In addition to informing conservation efforts for the Galapagos Islands, their research provides a global template for the study of other conflicted and challenged island ecosystems around the globe. Their research interests include human-environment interactions, coupled human-natural systems, resource conservation, and cutting-edge geographic methods, including, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spatial analysis and modeling.