University of Magallanes master’s student Cristóbal Pizarro recently won first prize for best poster at the IX Chilean Ornithology Congress (26-28 August 2008) in El Tabo, Chile. The work, authored by Pizarro and his advisors Drs. Christopher Anderson and Ricardo Rozzi, was based on his thesis project, entitled Seasonality and habitat use by avifauna in coastal zones of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. In addition, this project has been financed by a scholarship from the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, and in 2007 OSARA obtained the donation of binoculars for this thesis through the American Birding Association program Birder’s Exchange (BeX).
From 18-23 August in the Slovakian village of Stara Lesna in the High Tatras Biosphere Reserve, representatives from more than 30 countries will convene for the annual International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) Network meeting. In representation of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity’s recently inaugurated “Chilean temperate and subantarctic forest long-term socio-ecological research (LTSER) network,” Dr. Christopher Anderson will attend the meetings to present the new Chilean initiative and begin the process of application for membership in the ILTER. The global network will provide important links for the efforts in the austral part of South America to articulate itself with this global program to enhance and consolidate the national program that the IEB is pioneering.
OSARA Program Assistant Kelli Moses presented the Tracing Darwin’s Path course series during the poster session at the 93rd Annual Ecological Society of America Meeting, held in Milwaukee, WI from 3-8 August 2008. In addition, Drs. Ricardo Rozzi, Gene Hargrove and Juan Armesto organized a special session on “Field environmental ethics: Integrating ecology and philosophy for biocultural conservation in southern South America.” In fact, the theme of this year’s event, which is annually attended by approximately 5,000 scientists, educators and policy makers, was “Enhancing Ecological Thought by Linking Research and Education,” yet again reconfirming the course that the researchers have charted for the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve Initiative.