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Chilean government approves $500,000 for the design phase of the construction of the Cape Horn Sub-Antarctic Center - Spanish link

After almost 15 years of researching, teaching, and conserving in the Cape Horn region, the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program's director, Dr. Ricardo Rozzi, says it has finally achieved a huge milestone. This is a first step in seeing the reality of the "Cape Horn Sub-Antarctic Center" since it now has solid funding. This initiative has been coordinated by the University of Magallanes (UMAG) and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) in Chile, and the Sub-Antarctic of Biocultural Conservation Program (SBCP) at the University of North Texas (UNT) in the United States.

During the meeting of the Magallanes Regional Council last Monday, May 2nd, the financing of this project was approved for the design stage, earmarked with a funding total of $500,000. Dr. Rozzi explains that this building will be an international center dedicated to the training of specialized human resources and sustainable ecological practices, as well as to develop scientific tourism, receiving visitors, and the local community in the southernmost biosphere reserve in the world. This will position the leadership of the Sub-Antarctic research as global excellence. According to him, this will also "consolidate the UMAG campus in Puerto Williams in the Antarctic province offering technical training and special interest programs."

Rozzi indicates there are 3 major factors at play. The first component of having the Cape Horn Center, which is already the southernmost campus on the planet run by UMAG, will capitalize on science, tourism, and education due to their location and their approach on biocutural conservation. The second is that the Cape Horn ecoregion is a gateway to Antarctica and has no counterpart on the planet. Finally, the third important component is that Chile will have the second formal natural observatory after the world's largest astronomy observatories located in the Atacama Desert.

The Regional Governor, M.D., Jorge Flies emphasized the importance of this project as a scientific endeavor and as a global model: "It will be a huge landmark of public space, truly an architectural landmark in Puerto Williams and this aligns fully with our Development Plan for Extreme Areas. Having a Sub-Antarctic Center means having a place on the scientific map in our world's southernmost city."

Nicolas Galvez, president of the Commission of Science, Energy and New Technologies of the Magallanes Regional Council, stressed that they were very satisfied after the approval of this long-awaited project that has been in the works for some time. Additionally, he said "We made the observation to the people who will implement the project of the importance of its relationship with the community, so that this great infrastructure will have a large impact on those living nearby. Thus, we expect this to be considered when making the design so that the Sub-Antarctic Center will have a great impact on the locals," said Galvez.

Galvez mentioned that when we asked about the links to the community, for instance, the materials used by local schools should be included as the results of the research generated here, especially for students of early age who live in the community. Hopefully, we can have books that tell stories of science and culture of the local region. If the students develop a better knowledge of the Beagle Channel and its surroundings, they will be more inclined and appreciative of the place where they live and more likely to contribute to the region and increase their interest in studying the environment they live in."

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SBCP Releases Ornithology Book

Book: Magellanic Sub-Antarctic Ornithology First Decade of Long-Term Bird Studies at the Omora Ethnological Park, Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Chile

The Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (SBCP) and the Center for Environmental Philosophy (CEP) hosted a Book Presentation on Earth Day, Tuesday April 22, 2014. Drs. Ricardo Rozzi and Jaime Jiménez edited a book entitled Magellanic Sub-Antarctic Ornithology First Decade of Long-Term Bird Studies at the Omora Ethnological Park, Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Chile. The book is the third in the Sub-Antarctic series from publishers, UNT Press and Universidad de Magallanes. It present details of the first eleven years of bird studies in the Omora Park at the southern tip of the Americas, and has become the longest continuous bird banding program run in temperate and sub-Antarctic forests of the Southern Hemisphere. For 15 years, during every month, UNT SBCP researcher along with their Chilean partners, Universidad de Magallanes and Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB-Chile) have conducted ornithological studies, and developed a novel and growing sub-Antarctic biocultural conservation editorial line.

This book provides a synthesis of information on birds inhabiting the world's southernmost forests. The first part provides detailed information on morphology, longevity, migration patterns, and life histories of the forest bird populations in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, and a summary of the data recorded for 26 bird species captured with mist-nets and banded. The second part of the book contains a selection of twenty-four published articles on ornithological research at Omora Park from 2000 to 2010 from various scientists.

RICARDO ROZZI is a professor in philosophy and religion studies at the University of North Texas and JAIME E. JIMÉNEZ is a professor of biology at UNT with a co-appointment in philosophy and religion studies. They are co-directors of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program.

Research Excellence Award given to Dr. Ricardo Rozzi

Congratulations to Dr. Ricardo Rozzi, Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies, for receiving the 2014 College of Arts and Sciences award for research excellence. Dr. Rozzi earned this honor as a result of his exceptional research productivity during the last academic year. Rozzi's research focuses on environmental ethics and biocultural conservation in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies. Rozzi has been instrumental in creating Omora Park in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in southern Chile. His research continues to address combining scientific and humanistic perspectives to achieve effective conservation and sustainable development practices. In February 2014, Dr. Rozzi was awarded a grant from 100,000 Strong in the Americas which is supported by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Partners of the Americas.

For more information on Dr. Rozzi's research, visit

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