For anyone that knows me you probably know me as someone not particularly good at modern forms of communication. I have a Facebook page but I probably log in to it about once every six months. I’ll send a text if I have to – and that of course is dependent upon my remembering to keep my phone charged, which sad to say, is something I often forget. So why a blog? Really, the request of friends. This year I, along with my family, am embarking on a long-awaited adventure of travel and research in the Galapagos Islands. Supported by a Fulbright fellowship I will be studying patterns of plant species formation across the archipelago and the interest in my work expressed by many people with whom I have discussed the project has spurred me on to put together this site to document our travels and discoveries.