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UNT alumna Dr. Tamara Contador is nominated for the 2019 ASPIRE science award

The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research, and Education ("ASPIRE") is an annual award sponsored by Wiley and Elsevier that recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and collaboration with scientists in the region. This year, ASPIRE received 15 nominees contributing to the ASPIRE theme of natural laboratories. See all the nominees here.

"Dr. Contador is a biologist specializing in freshwater ecosystems. Her work has led to the identification and valuation of one of the most valuable Chilean natural laboratories: the Magellanic Sub-Antarctic ecoregion in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Dr. Contador's research focuses on the adaptations of sub-Antarctic and Antarctic aquatic insects to global change in freshwater ecosystems through the study of their ecophysiology, life histories and distribution. Dr. Contador has published in over 15 peer reviewed journals." Read more about Dr. Contador here and here.

The Ocean Awards for 2019 - Judges' Special Award to the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

The Ocean Awards 2019

The winners of the Ocean Awards for 2019 have been announed and among them is the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program. The Judges' Special Award was given for the creation in January 2018 of the Diego Ramirez-Drake Passage Marine Park. The 25th marine protected area in Chile, the seventh in Patagonia and the largest such park in South America, it extends over 144,390 square kilometres and a stretch of ocean with a rich biodiversity of its own.

Dr. Shaun Russell (center) accepted the award on behalf of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program from two of the judges, Sacha Bonson (left, Editorial Director of Boat International) and Charles Clover (right, Executive Chair, Blue Marine Foundation) on June 10 at Fishmonger's Hall in London. Learn more about the Ocean Awards and all of this year's judges here.

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi has been awarded the prestigious Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education

From the Ecological Society of America's website:

"Odum Award recipients demonstrate their ability to relate basic ecological principles to human affairs through teaching, outreach, and mentoring activities.

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi, Professor at the University of North Texas, is a giant in the field of biocultural conservation and has pioneered innovative methods of teaching the integration of philosophy and ecology. He teaches and mentors students across all levels, starting from preschool, K-12 groups, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as informal adult education. Rozzi clearly takes the approach of getting the greatest knowledge of ecology to the greatest number of people and in so doing, making large-scale conservation impact. He holds multiple professor, researcher, and director appointments across institutions in both Chile and the U.S. His work as well as his approach to education focuses on the inclusion of diverse audiences, championing cultural and socio-economic issues in Latin America.

Rozzi is a thought leader in ecological conservation in theory and in practice. He has authored more than 25 books, more than 150 referred journal articles, and over 50 book chapters, both in English and in Spanish. Beyond creating globally recognized education programs - such as Field Environmental Philosophy - and novel teaching activities - such as Ecotourism with a Hand Lens - Rozzi also engages with governmental policies and the media to build bridges for international approaches to ecological education."

Read more about other award recipients here.

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At the Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center in Puerto Williams

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi meets with international dignitaries, from L to R: Dr. Peter Mombaerts, Director of the Max Planck Research Unit, Frankfurt, Germany; Dr. Adrian Palacios, Provost for Research at the University of Valparaiso, Chile; Carolina Goic, Senator from Magallanes Region; and Francisco Chahuan, also from Valparaiso, Chile.

Construction on the Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center continues!

Construction crews are busy in Puerto Williams, the location of the forthcoming Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center. This center will be an international hub for research, education, and community outreach. New York-based Ennead Architects designed the LEED-compliant complex with a sensitity to the landscape and environment. Learn more about Ennead Architects and see renderings of the Center here.

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