Galapagos Tortoises: Science in the Field

Working scientifically: Understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results. 

Interactions and interdependencies: How organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment.

Geographical skills and fieldwork: Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data.

Locational Knowledge: Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, and Equator. 


Introduce students’ to the importance of scientific investigation in order to conserve species.  This section explains the Galapagos Tortoise Monitoring Ecology Project (GTMEP) and how modern research technologies can provide vital information for conservation strategies.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the importance of scientific investigation in providing information to help answer key questions.
  • To know about modern science research techniques, including the use of GPS tagging.

Students’ outcomes

  • To explain how scientific investigation is important in helping to manage the conservation of species.
  • To discuss how GPS data can be used in modern science research.
  • To know the key questions that need investigating to aid the conservation of the Galapagos giant tortoise.

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