Galápagos Islands, August 24–September 2, 2018
"A little world within itself," as Darwin described it, where life-altering encounters with animals—curious or sublimely indifferent to our presence—happen like nowhere else on earth. Each island is diversely fascinating and magical. You'll discover the islands and habitats of this legendary volcanic archipelago aboard the intimate expedition ship, National Geographic Endeavour II, waking each day to fresh adventures. The onboard fleet of nimble Zodiacs and kayaks will let you explore natural wonders up-close. Gain remarkable insights from Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic's knowledgeable team. Hike among the wildlife; investigate the vibrant sea—snorkeling and swimming daily with sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins; and capture these moments in your best photos ever with the help of a certified photo instructor.
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We hope you and your family can join us for this very special adventure. For questions or reservations, please contact Lindblad Expeditions at email@example.com or (888) 773-9007, or contact Megan Schmid, Associate Director, Caltech Associates, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 395-4644.
Rob Phillips, Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology
"The Galápagos are completely iconic," says Rob Phillips, professor of biology and biophysics, whose research at Caltech addresses the physics of genome management such as how viruses and cells physically manipulate DNA as part of their standard repertoire during their life cycles and how transcriptional networks lead to regulatory decisions. On his most recent trip in 2014, Phillips shared the marvel of the Galápagos islands, "Right before your eyes you can see the products of evolution, if you like. You can swim in the water with the flightless cormorants. The famed Darwin's finches are there. You can wonder what penguins are doing at the equator."
Prior to the privilege of a life in science, Phillips spent seven years of travel and self-study (and work as an electrician). Over the last decade, he has merged his love of travel with his research by exploring the ways in which the study of DNA sequences can help us understand the living world around us, with special emphasis on the hidden sphere of viruses and bacteria. As a result, he has led students trips to the Galápagos Islands, the Wallace Line in Indonesia, and the South Island of New Zealand.
Itinerary at a Glance