Continuing to provide Patagonia Research Experiences for Students in Sustainability

In the austral summer of 2018, OSARA coordinated the last official cohort of PRESS students, which interns working in such diverse topics as the study of the carbon cycle in aquatic ecosystem to the socio-cultural valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Tierra del Fuego. This brings out total to 24 undergraduate and graduate students who have benefited from this project.

However, to give long-term viability to these interactions and also promote reciprocal exchange with Latin American students and researchers, OSARA worked with Northern Arizona University (NAU) to prepare a new funding proposal to the 100,000 Strong in the America program, coordinated by the U.S. State Department. This new project would fund students and faculty to collaborate between NAU, the National University of Tucuman (UNT), the National University of Tierra del Fuego (UNTDF) and the Austral Center for Scientific and Technical Research (CADIC) in the area of sustainable energy resources and development, particularly students in geology and environmental sciences.

Plus, we are preparing a PRESS 2.0 by continuing the internship program at CADIC and UNTDF for NAU students based on a collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Global Program, where undergraduate students self-fund 6 month internships at foreign research centers.