Here we go – Research Time

The beginning of our experience in southern Patagonia and the sub-Antarctic region of Chile has been enchanting. It is fascinating to see the cultural distinctiveness of a continent with inhabitants who are not much different than our own, at least from a standpoint of descent. Latin America (or what I have seen) is similar to how I had
imagined it – vibrant and unique.

The landscapes have augmented our endeavor in a variety of ways, ranging from beautiful snow capped mountains, to pristine virgin forests, to vast archipelagos and seemingly endless channels. We have witnessed our first full moon on this continent, which is brighter than any I have previously seen – intensely bright, as to blind the eyes, or something like that.

The purpose of our venture, ecological research, has been progressing agreeably. We have begun to explore much of the immediate environment, as well as initiated our field research, including Brett’s ornithological extravaganza and Amy’s macroinvertebrate cabaret. My data analysis stuff is developing nicely as well, like a fine lentil stew awaiting mastication.

Cheers, Willis

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About William Collier

Will is a B.S. ecology student from Woodstock, Georgia. He has worked on several research projects to day, including aquatic ecology, systems ecology and an internship in South Africa studying sustainable development and building practices in rural and poor townships. His project during the fall OSARA field course in Chile will be to analyze the landscape-level effects of beaver on aquatic ecosystems. He is also the recipient this year of the Josh Laerm Award from the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the University of Georgia Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities summer fellowship to support his research .