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Invasive Mink Threatens South America's Largest Woodpecker

Invasive Mink Threatens South America's Largest Woodpecker

By Laura Poppick, Staff Writer | October 14, 2013 07:26am ET

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi to participate in the 2013 International Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network meeting in Korea

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi will travel to Seoul and Jeju Island, Korea to participate in the 2013 International Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network meeting from Oct. 5 - 14. This group will assess the last 20 years of LTER research and plan for the next decade. Rozzi's goal is to more formally integrate philosophy and environmental ethics into Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research. Additionally, he will present the proposal to host the 2014 LTER Meeting in Chile, co-sponsored by LTSER-Chile and our UNT Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (SBCP). Dr. Rozzi is a founding director of SBCP at UNT, a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, who is also on the faculty at the Universidad de Magallanes and is an associate researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, both UNT partner institutions in Chile.

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

2013-2014 Global Fellows' students and professors are (left to right):

  1. Meghan Harmening
  2. Dr. Melinda Coogan
  3. Bonnie Keller
  4. Austin Wegner-Groth
  5. Carolyn McDermott
  6. Dr. Steven Mills
  7. Miranda Wallace
  8. Joshua Fortmann

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.

UNT graduate student leads IAATO delegation in Chile

The delegation was accompanied by the Chilean Sub-Secretary of Tourism, and other authorities from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Governor of the Chilean Antarctic Province. Kelli Moses has been working with the researchers associated with UNT Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation (SBC) Researcher Cluster on the development and implementation of the initiative of "Ecotourism with a Hand Lens" for over five years in the Chilean Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, and the IAATO delegation valued this innovative form of tourism and its potential application for sustainable tourism in Antarctica. Kelli Moses led the coordination of the visit working together with the international expert, Dr. Harold Goodwin, Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism and Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dr. Goodwin traveled to Chile from April 25 to May 1, 2013, to learn about the novel research and ecotourism activities being developed at Omora Park in association with SBC Program coordinated by UNT, the Universidad de Magallanes, and the Chilean Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, and gave a series of presentations for local tourism operators and government authorities on responsible tourism in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve and Antarctica in Puerto Williams, Punta Arenas, and Santiago, Chile.

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Kelli Moses, a Professional Science Master student in Environmental Sciences, and UNT coordinator of the UNT-Chile Cape Horn Field station in Puerto Williams, Chile leading a guided visit of a delegation from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) to the experience of Ecotourism with a Hand Lens in the interpretive trail "The Miniature Forests of Cape Horn" at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park (OEP), Puerto Williams, Chile, on Friday, April 26, 2013.