Godfrey Merlen is British and has lived in Galapagos for 41 years, starting out as a volunteer at the Charles Darwin Research Station. After spending years studying Sperm Whales and writing the first Galapagos guide book for cetaceans, he worked with the Galapagos National Park Service in developing a patrol fleet. He now works in collaboration with Sicgal, the quarantine inspectorate, and the Galapagos National Park to prevent the arrival of new invasive species through the practical application of known and new techniques, based upon novel government regulations. He is also involved in studying Galapagos Penguins with Professor Dee Boersma. His paintings and images have been used widely for raising conservation awareness.