All over the world, pathogens and parasites introduced from other places represent a major threat to biodiversity. Small indigenous populations, such as Darwin’s finches on the Galapagos Islands, are particularly jeopardized. The Galapagos Islands are one of the few tropical archipelagos with a largely intact birdlife and, thus, an ideal workplace for the evolutionary biologist Sabine Tebbich: with the support of the FWF, she has been conducting field research there for more than 20 years, following the development of the Darwin’s finch population.
Biology and Medicine
May 8, 2019