Sandie Salazar, Biologist
Sandie was born in Quito, Ecuador. As a child, she developed a great attachment to nature; running out of the city any chance she had. When she finished her high school studies, her father gave her one of the best gifts: a trip to the “Enchanted Islands.” She visited few islands, but it was enough for her to fall in love with this site. She also decided her career: Biology. She attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito, where she developed her thesis on the ecology and conservation of the Galapagos sea lion, with the support of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF). Since 1999 she has worked as a Research Associate in the CDF, in charge of marine mammals investigations. In these years she actively participated in several emergencies, including: the 2001 Jessica oil spill.
In 2003 she won a scholarship from the OAS (Organization of American States) to continue her studies. In the following two years, she and her husband Xavier, who is also a biologist, went to Baja California for their post degree studies (M.Sc.), in the CICIMAR (A Research Center of National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico). Here, Sandie graduated with honors. Her thesis was on, "Temporal and spatial variation of the Galapagos sea lion diet.”
Sandie returned to the CDF, where she worked from April 2006 until February 2008, in charge of the marine mammal research. During this time she co-directed dissertation thesis of two local students. Nowadays, she is still involved in the scientific work with the Galapagos Academic Institute for Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) from the San Francisco de Quito University (USFQ).
Sandie has led several scientific expeditions in the islands, has published more than 38 scientific publications, and has participated in at least 28 national and international events. She has been working closely with the Galapagos National Park (GNP) advising on issues related to marine mammals. As a naturalist guide since 2009, she wants to play a more active role in the conservation of the islands — both with the community and with our visitors — and wants to be close to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Her and her husband have been living in Puerto Ayora since 1997. They have two beautiful children, a girl and a boy.
Sandie Salazar is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):