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UNT Study Abroad Fair

The UNT Study Abroad Office hosted a Study Abroad Fair on Nov. 10th in the Library Forum. The fair encouraged study abroad programs to discuss with students the various locations around the world and credit hours that can be taken abroad. Tracing Darwin's Path (TDP) is one of the longest running study abroad programs at UNT and has been offered since 2006. The TDP course is unique in that the course is co-taught with their Chilean partner university, Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG) in Punta Arenas via a Master of Science course. This Wintermester course enrolls any student level as well as all majors, and Spanish speaking is not required. This allows UNT students to partner with students from different cultures as well as with different academic interests, sharing their perspectives while discussing philosophical, ecological, environmental and conservation issues. Through these opportunities students will discover and better understand their roles as global citizens. While in Chile, students will have outdoor lectures in the Omora Ethnobotanical Park located nearby the southernmost city in the world, Puerto Williams, Chile. The course includes a three-night camping trip to experience one of the most pristine wilderness areas remaining in the world while learning ways of defining, studying, communicating and conserving biocultural diversity.

The 2015-2016 course has topped out enrollment for Dec. 2015, and the 2016-2017 wintermester enrollment will be open sometime in March 2016 for applications. Tentative dates for the 2016-2017 course are Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 15, 2017. Spaces are allotted on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in studying in Chile and having a life-changing experience, please contact to sign up for the email list for course notifications. You may also visit the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program office in ENV 310A or call 940-369-8211 for more information.

University of North Texas efforts highlighted at EXPO Milan 2015

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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