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AT UNT-CHILE FIELD STATION
ra n den a b i I s tra n d
The Yahgan, nomadic people living in the Cape Horn Archipelago at
the southern tip of South America for the last 7,000 years, have long revered
Omora. This green-backed firecrown hummingbird is a cosmological hero
maintaining harmony between society and nature.
Ricardo Rozzi, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and
Religion Studies at the University of North Texas, also is bridging the divide
between humans and other living things. With a team of scientists, philoso-
phers, artists and other collaborators, he is integrating research disciplines and
building relationships between the United States and Chile while helping estab-
lish UNT as a global leader in biocultural conservation studies.
Rozzi, a native Chilean, is the director of UNT's Chile Sub-Antarctic
Biocultural Conservation Program and Field Station at the Omora Ethno-
botanical Park in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Located in one
of the world's most pristine remaining wilderness areas, the reserve encompasses
islands, fjords, glaciers, bogs and forests, and is home to sub-Antarctic wildlife
With a keen understanding of the diversity of disciplines needed to con-
serve both biological and cultural diversity, Rozzi, a philosopher and ecologist,
is a natural collaborator.
"I saw a group of biologists on one slope and philosophers on another
slope, and I wanted to bring the two together," he says.
UNT-CHILE FIELD STATION
The UNT-Chile Field Station, located in the Cape
Horn Biosphere Reserve at the southern tip
of South America, is home to interdisciplinary
research on sub-Antarctic biocultural conserva-
tion. The location permits accessibility to
pristine wilderness areas and archeological
sites, and the station collaborates with area
schools and various government services and
The UNT-Chile program has been grow-
ing under the coordination of Ricardo Rozzi, an
associate professor of philosophy who actively
collaborates with Chilean partners, as well as
Robert Frodeman, professor and former chair
of philosophy; Eugene Hargrove, director of the
Center for Environmental Philosophy; and James
Kennedy, professor of biological sciences and
director of the Elm Fork Education Center and
Natural Heritage Museum.
Rozzi says the program recognizes that
international partnerships enhance research,
as different cultural experiences and fields of
expertise are essential for translating scientific
knowledge and integrating education into the
"This sustainable biocultural conserva-
tion initiative cannot be successful with sci-
ence alone; to confront global change, science
needs to be involved in society at local and
global scales," says Rozzi, who recently earned
the 2008 Science and Practice of Ecology and
Society Award from the online journal Ecology
To watch a video and learn more about the
field station, visit www. unt. edi untresearch.
28 SPRING 2009 UNT RESEARCH
Ricardo Rozzi directs UNT's Chile Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation
Program and Field Station. He's pictured at Senda Darwin Research Station on
Chiloe Island with an avian latrine that allows researchers to collect droppings
to analyze the dietary habits of various birds.
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