Matthew Breen :: PhD :: C.Biol :: FRSB ::
Professor of Genomics and the Oscar J. Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Comparative Oncology Genetics

Galapagos Wildlife - Genetic Analysis and Health

The Breen Lab is a part of an ongoing partnership with internationally known Professor Greg Lewbart, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State University, studying wildlife health and conservation in the Galapagos. With guidance from the Galapagos National Parks Service, members of the lab and the NCSU CVM have been examining the health of Galápagos sea lions while working out of the Galapagos Science Center. This facility is the only one of its kind within the archipelago and demonstrates the success of an international collaboration.

In May of 2022, Isabella Livingston, a second-year Genetics Ph.D. student in the lab, and Ashley Cave (DVM student and T35 Summer Scholar) joined a large group of students and veterinarians on a research trip to the Galapagos, where they studied sea lions, sharks, whales, and stingrays.


Below is a video of Ashley’s comments about her Summer


Meanwhile, enjoy these photos taken during the research trip and check out these links.

For more information on the Galapagos Science Center:

For more information on our collaborators:

In the News: