We are excited to share some of our main achievements to date.

Main achievements

The Barcode Galapagos project in numbers:

COVID-19 RESILIENCE: 74 Galapagueños (45% women) employed by the project to contribute to citizen science activities and four additional people employed at a later stage.

LOCAL CAPACITY: Three molecular laboratories (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela) equipped with state-of-the-art sequencing technology to process and produce genetic data locally.

EDUCATION: 55 students (12-17 years old), from local schools attended workshops on molecular biology.

TRAINING: More than 90 hours of training provided in key fieldwork and laboratory topics.

SCIENCE: 150 locations sampled for microbiome and environmental DNA (eDNA) on three islands: Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela.

SCIENCE: More than 1000 samples collected during 2021 for barcode and metabarcode processing.

GOAL: Our goal is to empower the local community in science and conservation through local capacity building to create a resilient socioeconomic system.

Number of visitors to Galapagos 2019-2021 and the stages of the Galapagos Barcode project.


At the beginning of March 2020, travel restrictions were established around the world and between islands in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The values highlighted in red boxes correspond to the two points where visitor numbers recovered to pre-pandemic levels: October 2019 and October 2021.

Genetic Code Projects

Related projects:

Environmental DNA (eDNA): Characterisation of biodiversity of the different island ecosystems through the use of environmental DNA that is collected from a variety of environmental samples (water, soil, sediment), with a focus on marine-coastal ecosystems.

Microbiomes: The study of soil and plant microbial diversity (hidden diversity) along an altitudinal gradient in Isabela, Santa Cruz, and San Cristobal Islands.

Insects: Identification at the genus and species level of the invertebrate collection of the Galapagos Biosafety and Control Agency.

Other projects: Marine mammal, bird, elasmobranch (sharks and rays), and invertebrate projects for population genetic studies.