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Dr. Gerard "Jerry" Wellington Marine Climate Change Project


Blackwell Communications LLC's owner Amy Blackwell is lead funder of this project, which is gathering crucial equatorial climate change data through the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation and collaborating NGO and governmental entities. This project is named in honor of Amy's University of Houston marine biology professor, a coral bleaching and climate change investigator who served as advisor to Charles Darwin Foundation for many years and whose work spanned the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (known as CMAR in Spanish).

Charles Darwin Foundation expedition to Darwin and Wolf in the Galapagos Islands




  • Click here for an overview of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor collaborative "Science and Climate Change CMAR" workshop held in the Galápagos Islands in July 2017. Results of this workshop were shared at the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile in September 2017.



  • Click here for the concept note for the 25-29 October 2017 international workshop "A Priority Research Agenda to Inform Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for the Galápagos Marine Reserve," convening scientists from all over the world to collaborate in the Galápagos Islands.



  • Want to help?  We've raised $67,000.00 toward Amy's $80,000.00 fundraising goal! Click here to donate to CDF online. For online donations to this project specifically, please add "Jerry" in the "In honor of" field in the drop down menu option of "Is your gift in honor or in memory of someone special?" Or, if seeking a U.S. tax deduction for charitable contribution, mail your check -- designating your donation to the Dr. Gerard "Jerry" Wellington Marine Climate Change Project of the Charles Darwin Foundation -- to International Community Foundation, 2505 N Ave, National City CA 91950.


Dr. Gerard "Gerard (Jerry) Wellington, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, passed away on March 11, 2014, after 14 years with Alzheimer's.  Jerry received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981, and was on the faculty at the University of Houston for 24 years where he taught courses in Ecology, Marine Biology, and Invertebrate Zoology. He also served on the Editorial Board of the journal Coral Reefs, and was a trusted Advisor to the Charles Darwin Foundation for many years.
Jerry leaves behind a rich legacy in coral reef science. Over his career, he published numerous journal articles on various topics of coral reef ecology, paleoceanography, and fish ecology. He was at his most enthusiastic when on the reef SCUBA diving and exploring the natural world. He was a dedicated teacher, touched the lives of thousands of school children through his participation in the Jason Project, and was a free-spirited mentor to his graduate students. His numerous graduate students continue his legacy through their current research in marine science. Jerry was especially devoted to issues of marine conservation in the Galapagos Islands. One of his proudest achievements was his 1983 book on the 'Corals and Coral Reefs of the Galapagos Islands' that he published in collaboration with his mentor and friend, Peter Glynn." (quoted from University of Houston memorial webpage)

"Jerry’s long history in Galapagos and his scholarship of marine protected areas provided the foundation for the Government of Ecuador’s establishment of the Galapagos Marine Reserve Resources Management Plan in 1992. In 1998, the revised Marine Reserve Management Plan noted, 'Of all the relevant conservation studies of the marine area, the work of the scientist Gerard Wellington stands out. Between 1973 and 1975 he assisted the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station in evaluating the marine resources of the Galapagos environment. Wellington’s report recommended establishing a marine park and extending the protection zone to the waters surrounding the islands.'

He was also co-author of Corals and Coral Reefs of the Galapagos Islands with Peter Glynn and Jon Wells. After his retirement from the University of Houston, he remained a strong and vocal advocate for the protection of the Galapagos marine ecosystems."(quoted from Galapagos Conservancy obituary)