International Workshop | Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

International Workshop

Confronting Global Change with a Network of Socio-Ecological Research Sites in the South of the Americas

Coordinated by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB)
the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG)
Chile Program University of North Texas (UNT)

Financed by the Chilean Ministry of Planning (MIDEPLAN: PO5-002),
Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnología (CONICYT: PFB-23)
and the Hispanic Global Initiative

Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams
Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region, Chile
June 8 - 13, 2008

Working Groups
Program of Dates

Workshop Poster [Download]
Workshop Brochure [Download]


One of the greatest challenges for biological and cultural conservation initiatives is the need to integrate the ecological and social dimensions of environmental problems. To confront this challenge, the academy must design new strategies to not only generate scientific knowledge, but also to incorporate that information in decision-making and social processes. To achieve this goal, three complementary approaches have been developed and implemented throughout the world, including:

  1. The creation of Long-Term Socio-Ecological Study Networks (LTSER), whose mission is to integrate and transfer to society knowledge about the interdependent and long-term social and ecological patterns and process of our biosphere;
  2. The creation and implementation of biosphere reserves in association with UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MaB) Program;
  3. International and interdisciplinary field education programs, conducted by consortia of institutions.

Working Groups:

During this workshop, participants will divide into two working groups focused on:

LTSER: Establishment, objectives, questions, and plan for the technological implementation of the nascent Chilean LTSER network.
Coordinators: Juan J. Armesto, Julio R. Gutiérrez and Christopher B. Anderson

International Research and Education Consortia: Establishment, objectives and implementation of an international and interdisciplinary field education program on biocultural conservation associated with Chilean LTSER sites and biosphere reserves
Coordinators: Ricardo Rozzi, Andrés Mansilla, Robert Frodeman, Mary T. Kalin Arroyo

Program of Dates

Monday, June 9th
Tuesday, June 10th
Wednesday, June 11th
Thursday, June 12th
Friday, June 13th

Monday, June 9. Universidad de Magallanes, Auditorio Ernesto Livacic, Punta Arenas

8:30 - 9:00. Registration

9:00-10:00. Welcome words from the President of the University of Magallanes and the Workshop Organizing Committee

10:00-10:30. Presentation of the First Chilean LTER Network by Juan J. Armesto, Julio R. Gutiérrez & Christopher B. Anderson

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break.

11:00-11:30. Presentation of the International Research & Education by Ricardo Rozzi, Mary Kalin & Robert Frodeman

11:30-12:30. General Discussion

12:30-14:00. Lunch

14:00-15:30. Presentations (15-20 minutes each)

Dr. Philip Rundel (University of California, Los Angeles): Environmental research and networked sensing

Dr. Ricardo Diaz (Estación Biológica Doñana): ILTER and LTER-Europe, targets for LTER-Spain: the case of Doñana LTSER platform.

Dr. Manuel Maass (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - Morelia): Red Mex-LTER

Dr. Eric Graham (Center for Embedded Network Sensing, University of California, Los Angeles): Mobile sensors and imaging technology for ecological investigation

15:30-16:00. Coffee Break

16:00-17:30. Presentations (15-20 minutes each)

Dr. Bron Taylor (University of Florida): Religion and nature networks

Dr. Ione Hunt von Herbing (University of North Texas): Integrating marine sciences into the proposed LTER - International course program

Dr. Sergio Guevara (Instituto de Ecología, Xalapa): Integrating conservation and social well-being in Ibero-American Biospheres

Dr. Jim Kennedy (University of North Texas): Integrating sciences and outreach education: The UNT Elm Fork Education Center

17:30-18:00. Planning for Day 2

20:00. Dinner

Tuesday, June 10. Universidad de Magallanes, Rectoría, Punta Arenas

9:00-13:00. Work in Groups

1. LTSER - Group. Sala Terra Australis.
Coordinators: Drs. Christopher B. Anderson, Juan J. Armesto, and Julio R. Gutierrez.

Coordinators: Dr. Mary T. K. Arroyo, Andres Mansilla, Robert Frodeman and Ricardo Rozzi

13:00-14:30. Lunch

14:30-16:00. Group presentations

16:00-16:30. Break

16:30-17:30. General Discussion

17:30-18:00. Planning for day 3: Visit to Puerto Williams - Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve

20:00. Dinner

Wednesday, June 11. Omora Ethnobotanical Park, Puerto Williams

9:00. Flight to Puerto Williams

11:30. Arrival to Puerto Williams

13:00. Lunch

14:00 - 17:00. Visit to Omora Ethnobotanical Park, and its Research, Education, and Conservation Projects

19:00. Reception and Dinner

Conferences by:

Dr. Eduard Mueller (Universidad de Cooperación Internacional): Environmental policy & field international interdisciplinary courses for decision makers in Latin America

Dr. Guillermo Martínez-Pastur (Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientfícias): Long-term research and management of Nothofagus forests for biodiversity and forestry

Dr. Rodrigo Vásquez (Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad): Utilizing the IEB's latitudinal studysite gradient to ask ecological and evolutionary questions.

Thursday, June 12 University of Magallanes, Puerto Williams

9:00-12:00. Meeting with National and Regional Authorities

13:00. Lunch

15:00 - 16:00. Lectures for Local Authorities

Dr. Juan J. Armesto (Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad): Conceptual needs of the First Chilean LTER

Dr. Adrián Schiavini (Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicias): Long-term ecological research in the Beagle Channel (Argentina)

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi (IEB-UNT-UMAG): Integrating biocultural conservation and social well-being in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve

Dr. Andrés Mansilla (UMAG-IEB): The richness of marine biodiversity in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve

16:00 - 17:00. Discussion with authorities

17:00. Official inauguration and signature of the Chilean LTSER Network

20:00. Dinner

Friday, June 13. Puerto Williams - Punta Arenas

11:00-13:30. Flight back to Punta Arenas

13:30-15:00. Lunch

16:00. Press Conference

17:00. Closing Ceremony

20:00. Final Dinner

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