Science Advisor and Liaison: Linda Cayot

Dr. Linda Cayot has worked for Galapagos conservation for more than 30 years. She first went to Galapagos in 1981 to study giant tortoises for her PhD

from Syracuse University and has stayed involved with the Islands ever since. Linda served as herpetologist of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS)

from 1988 to 1998, during which time she supervised both the giant tortoise and land iguana breeding and rearing programs, worked extensively with

Lonesome George, the only remaining member of the tortoise subspecies Chelonoidis abingdoni from Pinta Island, and supervised Ecuadorian students

studying the endemic reptiles of Galapagos, among many other things. In her final year with the CDRS, Linda coordinated the start of the successful

Project Isabela, aimed at ridding Isabela and other islands of feral goats. She has worked as Galapagos Conservancy’s Science Advisor since 2008.

Linda continues to collaborate with the Galapagos National Park Service in strategizing and planning future conservation efforts for tortoises throughout

the islands.




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