Tracing Darwin's Path | Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

Tracing Darwin's Path


Images courtesy of Omar Barroso

Tracing Darwin's Path Series

For over 12 years, students from University of North Texas (UNT) and other U.S. and Chilean universities have been participating in the Tracing Darwin's Path field experience, held in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. This innovative and interdisciplinary study abroad program is coordinated by UNT, the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG), the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB), and the Omora Foundation.

The courses are based at the UMAG in Punta Arenas and the Omora Ethnobotanical Park in Puerto Williams, Chile. While there is no official pre-requisite, we highly recommend enrolling in the Introduction to Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation which is offered each Fall semester.

The series focuses on nature writing, ethno-ecology, and biocultural conservation while tracing the path of Darwin as he sailed the Beagle Channel.

To attend this adventure and learning experience, please contact our Program Office for more information at Currently enrolled UNT students can apply online here.

Students choose to enroll in either BIOL 4054/5054 or PHIL 4054/6781

An annual in-depth field course that introduces students to the sub-Antarctic biota, geography, history, cultures and ecosystems of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve using the Omora Ethnobotanical Park as a field site that demonstrates the integration of ecological science and field environmental ethics in a novel approach to biocultural diversity.

Magallanes Penguinos of Otway Sound. (Photo by Alexandria Poole, Chile-UNT Archive)