Linda Cayot

Dr. Linda Cayot worked as Galapagos Conservancy’s Science Advisor from 2008-2019. She has been heavily involved in Galapagos conservation for more than 30 years, having first visited Galapagos in 1981 to study giant tortoises for her PhD from Syracuse University. She 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 coordindated the start of the successful Project Isabela, aimed at ridding Isabela and other islands of feral goats. Linda continues collaborated with the Galapagos National Park Directorate in strategizing and planning future conservation efforts for tortoises throughout the islands.

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