Galápagos Conservancy Announces New President

Dr. Paul Salaman poses with a land iguana in Galápagos

October 1, 2020

The Board of Directors of Galápagos Conservancy, Inc. (“Galápagos Conservancy” or “GC”) announces the appointment of Dr. Paul Salaman as President of GC following the retirement of its former President and founder, Johannah Barry.

“On behalf of the Board and everyone at Galápagos Conservancy, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Salaman to the GC team. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Salaman’s experience as a manager, conservationist and scientist as GC’s new President,” said Bradley T. Johnson, Chair of Galápagos Conservancy’s Board of Directors. “The Board is looking forward to working with Dr. Salaman in the years to come as GC continues to operate directly and with its key partners to make an important contribution to preserving and protecting biodiversity in the Galápagos archipelago.”

Mr. Johnson added, “I know that I speak for everyone at Galápagos Conservancy in thanking Johannah Barry for her exceptional dedication and work since founding GC, and the many contributions she has made to conservation in the Galápagos. Ms. Barry will be assisting Dr. Salaman to ensure an orderly transition.”

“I’m honored to be named the new president of Galápagos Conservancy and very excited to join their talented team,” said Salaman. “For 35 years, GC has been the sole US-based organization dedicated to providing critical support and actions to save the unique biodiversity of the Galápagos archipelago. With serious new challenges facing the survival of some of the most iconic species on the Galápagos, my goal is to grow the organization to address those threats and ensure the Galápagos is preserved for nature and humankind.”

Dr. Salaman is a recognized expert on global biodiversity conservation and has been heavily involved in advancing science-based conservation actions and priorities for the most threatened species, including directing urgent interventions to save critically endangered species at imminent risk of extinction. With over 30 years of research and conservation experience, Dr. Salaman has worked to bridge the gap between academic research and on-the-ground conservation action in South America and across the tropics. Dr. Salaman has long been involved with the Galápagos Islands and most recently helped establish the Jocotoco Galápagos Reserve in 2018. Dr. Salaman graduated from the University of Oxford with a Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology.

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