OSARA’s International Coordinator Named to Post as Wildlife Research Director for Southern Patagonian National Parks

Dr. Alejandro Valenzuela, who has been OSARA’s International Field Course Coordinator since 2010, was recently named the coordinator of wildlife research for Argentina’s southern Patagonian national parks. His position, based in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, will assist the regional director in the planning and execution of studies and management of parks in Tierra del Fuego, Santa Cruz and Chubut Provinces. Specifically, Dr. Valenzuela will bring to bear his expertise in invasive species to determine management and control options for the protected areas, as well as help to design long-term monitoring and research priorities to better use the parks as a network of study sites and to improve their sustainable use. Congratulations Alejandro and this opens a whole new host of opportunities to link research with management throughout Patagonia and its links as well to existing OSARA activities.