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University of North Texas efforts highlighted at EXPO Milan 2015

To watch the Univerity of North Texas highlights at EXPO Milan 2015 follow the link below.

http://chile.unt.edu/media/videos

Seminar and Roundtable Discussion: Ricardo Rozzi

The Andrews Forest LTER program, in conjunction with the COF's Graduate and International Programs in the College of Forestry and the OSU's Environmental Arts and Humanities Program, is pleased to host Ricardo Rozzi, a leading thinker concerning the intersection of society and the environment, especially in forest systems. Rozzi is a Chilean ecologist and philosopher who is professor and the Director of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program. We invite you to attend the following seminar and roundtable discussion.

Seminar: The Place of Environmental Ethics in Sites of Long-Term Ecological, Social, and Conservation Work: The Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program. Thursday, October 22, 11 AM. Richardson 115

Roundtable discussion: Patagonian Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research program and the integration of humanities in the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Program and the Omora Ethnobotanical Park. Thursday, October 22. 1 PM. Peavy 143

Ricardo Rozzi is a Chilean ecologist and philosopher who is professor and Director of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (SBCP), coordinated by the University of North Texas in the US and by the University of Magallanes and the Millennium Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) in Chile. His research combines ecological sciences and ethics through the study of the interrelations between the ways of knowing and inhabiting the natural world. He has developed a biocultural ethics that demands incorporating this value of the co-inhabitants subjects into development policies as a matter of socio-environmental justice. A higher recognition of the value of biocultural diversity demands an environmental justice that includes poor and marginalized people: the oppressed human beings side-by-side with the oppressed other-than-human beings.

In addition to his theoretical work, Dr. Rozzi has collaborated with the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Latin American Ecology Schoolyard Program, and has participated in the creation of the "Senda Darwin" Biological Station (Chiloé Island, Chile), the Latin American Network of Ethnobotanical Parks, and the Omora Ethnobotanical Park (Puerto Williams, Chile), with the aim of incorporating environmental ethics in the practices of conservation and education in Latin America. He also led the creation of the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve at the southern end of the Americas, and co-founded the Chilean Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research Network (LTSER-Chile). For his work he has received the National Prize for excellence in teaching of science by the Chilean National Science Foundation in 2004, the BBVA Foundation Prize for Research in Conservation Biology with the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in 2004, the Science and the Practice of Ecology and Society Award 2008 -journal Ecology and Society in 2008, the Sustainability Award by the House of Peace (Fundación Casa de la Paz, 2008), and the Raanan Weitz Projects' Competition Award in Israel 2010.

SBC Program Featured in Recent BIOsphere Newsletter

The Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation (SBC) Program is an interdisciplinary program working in close collaboration with the UNT BIOL and PHIL departments. Please see the recently published BIOsphere Volume 2, Issue 3 newsletter that highlights the SBC Program's activities at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Baltimore, MD in August, 2015.

UNT's Sub-Antarctic Conservation Program work with Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet cited in Italian newspaper article on 21 Sept, 2015

SBCP participates in 100th Ecological Society of America (ESA) Conference

Drs. Rajan Rijal (Left) and Jaime Jiménez (Bottom) also presented posters on their research conducted on CHBR.

The SBC Program worked with our partner institution in Chile, Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) by providing workers for the ESA Latin American Chapter booth at the international conference. The two institutions have collaborated on various projects for a decade.

Dr. Rajan Rijal presenting his work on Field Environmental Philosophy and Ecotourism in High Latitude and Altitude Remote Zones of Chile and Nepal.

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi was the organizer of a Special Session at the international conference held on Tues., Aug. 11th. The Special Session, Earth Stewardship: Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice speakers were Drs. J. Baird Callicott, F. Stuart Chapin III, Roy May Jr., Manuel Maass, Laura Ogden and Eugene Hargrove. Earth Stewardship signals a broader understanding of the expanded role of science in society. To engage science in reducing the rates of anthropogenic damage to the biosphere, the ESA launched the Earth Stewardship Initiative in 2009. This session emerged from the new Ecology and Ethics book series and elaborates a conceptual framework for continuing Earth Stewardship as an integral part of ESA's new century. Understanding and respecting biocultural diversity, with the multiple forms of land stewardship that it implies, will allow us effectively and justly to confront local and global socio-environmental challenges. The session explored stewardship across scales and disciplines, including the humanities as well as the sciences.

Ph.D students Ramiro Crego and Amy Wynia presented posters regarding their research in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (CHBR) in southern Chile on Navarino Island.

A new Ph.D. student in environmental science, beginning this fall, Pradeep Khanal also presented a poster on Human Wildlife Interaction and Cultural Diversity in Terai Arc Landscape, Nepal. Mr. Khanal is from Nepal and will be working with Drs. Jeff Johnson and Ricardo Rozzi during his Ph.D. studies.

Ph.D. student Rocio Jara presented a poster on gray wolf research in the U.S.

The SBC Program also co-hosted the Springer Book Series book launch event of the same title as the special session on Tues. afternoon. This book was volume two in the series. Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World was volume one which was released in 2013. For information on book purchases, please see http://chile.unt.edu/biocultural-conservation-editorial-line. E-books are available as well as hardback books.

For more information, please contact the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, chile@unt.edu via email.

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