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Inti Keith, PhD.

Inti Keith is a Senior Marine Biologist at the Charles Darwin Foundation; she leads the Marine Invasive Species Program in collaboration with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) as well as the long-term Subtidal Ecological Monitoring Project in the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). Inti worked in several different projects such as shark tagging and sea turtle monitoring before doing her PhD on Marine Invasive Species in the GMR. Her interests lie in understanding the current status of the GMR and evaluate the impacts non-native species can have on marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and the health of the GMR. As part of her research she is interested in the connectivity that exists between the different Marine Protected Areas in the region, which is why she has been working with the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor initiative (CMAR) to continue her research throughout the region. Inti has strong collaborations with the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Williams College, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and SERC.

Trajectory

2016. Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology – Marine Invasive Species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

2003. BSc. (Hons) in Applied Marine Biology, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Charles Darwin Foundation

2011 – Present: Charles Darwin Foundation, Marine Science Department Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Projects:

  • Marine Invasive Species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve – Prevention, Detection and Management - Ongoing
  • Subtidal Ecological Monitoring in the Galapagos Marine Reserve  - Ongoing
  • Reducing the threat of boat strikes for the green sea turtle in the Galapagos Islands - Ongoing
  • Sharks in the GMR – Evaluation of the population status and use of habitat, connectivity and migratory routes
  • Cero anchor Project

Publications

Keith, I., Dawson, T., & Collins, K. J. (2016). Marine Invasive Species: Establishing pathways, their presence and potential threats in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Pacific Conservation Biology 22(4). 377-385.

Keith, I. (2016) Marine Invasive Species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. PhD thesis. University of Dundee

Keith, I., & Martínez, P. C. (2016) The danger of Carijoa riisei invading the Galapagos Marine Reserve. In: Galapagos Report 2015-2016. GNPD, GCREG, CDF and GC. Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Keith, I & Toral, V.G. (2015). Action plan to minimize risks of marine invasive species introduction into the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Technical Report No. 1 2015. Charles Darwin Foundation, Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. ISSN 1390-6526.

Keith I., Dawson, T, Collins, K.J., & Banks S. (2015). Marine invasive species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve: A case for additional research, improved management, and policy review. Pp. 83-88. In: Galapagos Report 2013-2014. GNPD, GCREG, CDF and GC. Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Campbell, M. L., Keith I., Hewitt, C. L, Dawson T. P, & Collins K. (2015). Evolving Marine Biosecurity in the Galapagos Islands. Management of Biological Invasions, 6(3), 227-230.

McCann, L., Keith, I., Carlton, J. T., Ruiz, G. M., Dawson, T. P. & Collins K. J. (2015) First record of the non-native bryozoan Amathia (=Zoobotryon) verticillata (delle Chiaje, 1822) (Ctenostomata) in the Galapagos Islands. Bioinvasion Records 4(4), 255-260.

Keith, I., & Martínez, P. C. (2014). Plan de bioseguridad marina para la Copa Galápagos 2014, Manejo de cascos y estructuras para prevenir la introducción de especies no-nativas a la Reserva Marina de Galápagos. Technical Report. Charles Darwin Foundation, Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Banks S. A., Acuña D., Calderón R., Garske-Garcia L., Edgar G. E., Keith I., Kuhn A., Pépolas R, Ruiz D., Suarez J., Tirado-Sánchez N., Vera M., Vinueza L., & Wakefield E. (2014). Subtidal Ecological Monitoring Manual for the GMR – Manual de Monitoreo Submareal Ecológico para la RMG. Technical Report, 2014. Charles Darwin Foundation, Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador.

Peñaherrera C., Llerena Y. Keith I. 2012. Percepciones sobre el valor económico de los tiburones para el turismo de buceo diario y el comercio en la isla Santa Cruz. En: Informe Galápagos 2011- 2012. Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador.

Acuña D., Peñaherrera C., Keith I. 2012. Proyecto De Investigación De Tiburones En La Reserva Marina De Galápagos. Informe Técnico.  Fundación Charles Darwin. Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador.

Acuña D., Keith I., Peñaherrera C., Llerena Y. 2011. Marcaje Satelital De Tiburones Martillo, Galápagos y Punta Negra.  Informe Técnico.  Fundación Charles Darwin. Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador.

Acuña D., Keith I. 2011. Caracterización Ecológica de 10 Sitios de Fondeo De La Reserva Marina De Galápagos. Informe Técnico. Fundación Charles Darwin. Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador.

Keith I., Acuña D. 2011. Galápagos sin anclas. En: Reporte Anual 2011 Fundación Charles Darwin. Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador.