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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

Buena Vista University selects Global Fellows participating in the study abroad Tracing Darwin's Path course going to Chile

2014-2015 Global Fellows' students and professors are (left to right):

Starting in back row, left to right

Lindsey Graham

Dr. Melinda Coogan

Derek Simonsen

Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl

Elizabeth Kim

Front row, left to right:

Tarynne Kinghorn

Claire Boston

Morgan Langan

The BVU Global Fellows Program aims to open substantive dialogue on issues of sustainability and geopolitics from a global perspective. The Global Fellows are selected in a competitive essay contest during their first year at BVU. During January interim of their second year, Global Fellows participate in a fully-funded, academically-oriented, interdisciplinary international experience. During their junior and senior years, Global Fellows give back to the university as global ambassadors with a Scholar's Day presentation and as student mentors for the first year program. Following their trip to Chile, students will return to the BVU campus to promote globalism, environmental sustainability, and international awareness to the BVU campus and to the wider community.

If you would like more information on the Tracing Darwin's Path course to Chile please contact the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program at or call 940-369-8211.

Omora Park Published in Patagon Journal

Fellowship awarded to UNT Biology Ph.D. student Ramiro Crego to participate in the International Course Invasive Species

This course has the objective of enhancing the knowledge and skills of post-graduate students from Latin America about theory, methodologies, and results regarding invasive species, with emphasis in mountain ecosystems. It will take place in Malalcahuello National Reserve, between the 6 and 12 of April. It is organized by the Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad (IEB), Universidad de Chile, and Universidad de Concepción, and it is financed by the Iniciativa Científica Milenio ICM P05-002.