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Honors Thesis

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This is a natural history exploration of the behavior and distinct features of common vertebrates of the Galápagos Islands. Covering more than 26 species, this journey of observation begins with an in-depth look at Charles Darwin's field notes, and moves through history to examine how the knowledge about these species has changed. It is finalized with my personal experiences after a ten day journey exploring the islands with the crew of the National Geographic vessel, the Endeavour. My understanding of the species is solidified through my notes, sketches, films and photographs.

While journeying through the islands I carried a professional-grade GPS unit. Every location and species described is detailed on maps made using MapInfo. A small collection of my photographs and sketches is included as well.