Please click the above link to view information and costs for the Tracing Darwin's Path study abroad course to Puerto Williams, Chile from Dec. 29, 2014 to Jan. 18, 2015.
The Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, coordinated by the University of North Texas in the United States and the University of Magallanes and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile, works to "link biological and cultural conservation with social well-being from the southernmost end of the Americas." Begun as a local effort at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park in 2000, the program today is an international and interdisciplinary venture, whose partner institutions in the United States and Chile work to integrate the ecological sciences and environmental ethics. As a long-term socio-ecological research, education and conservation program in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, the Omora Alliance is developing innovative ways to address intertwined environmental and social problems such as global ecological change, invasive exotic species, cultural homogenization and sustainable development.
The Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program editorial line seeks to enhance the dynamic relationship between a network of collaborators. A creative methodological approach for students is developed as they work to translate texts. There is the creation of an interregional dialogue between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The integrated relationship of biological and cultural aspects of environments is made explicit in discourse and discussion. The books are interdisciplinary texts useful for students and researchers, but also for readers unfamiliar with the region and the research. Each book invites the reader to enhance their biological and cultural knowledge, but also excites their imaginations with vivid images and beautiful stories.