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In 2000, Rozzi led the effort to create the Omora Ethno-
botanical Park on Navarino Island in the Cape Horn Archipelago.
Five years later, his efforts helped secure the area's designation as
the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve and set the stage
for a cooperative agreement between UNT and the University
of Magallanes, where Rozzi also is an associate researcher.
By 2005, he helped organize a consortium made up of the
two universities, the Chilean Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity
and the Omora Foundation, a nonprofit organization associated
with the park. Also included are UNT's Center for Environmental
Philosophy and the Omora Sub-Antarctic Research Alliance.
As a result of the work there, researchers and students at
the UNT-Chile Field Station have incorporated environmental
philosophy with biocultural conservation, including the traditions
and philosophies of the indigenous Yahgan community and South
Last year, the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, one of
UNT's primary partners in the program, received a $15 million
grant from the Comisi6n Nacional de Investigaci6n Cientifica y
Tecnol6gica (CONICYT), the Chilean equivalent of the National
Science Foundation in the United States. The money is helping to
fund the construction of new facilities at the field station and support
the work of UNT researchers and students during the next 10 years.
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The UNT-Chile Field Station provides an opportunity to
study at the Omora park in Puerto Williams, the southernmost
town in the world, with facilities under construction overlooking
the Beagle Channel and the Cordillera Darwin mountain range.
The station will house up to 15 students and faculty during
courses and research expeditions. Plans include a library-classroom,
computer area and laboratory for processing and storing plant,
insect and other research samples.
Through a series of summer and winter courses titled
"Tracing Darwin's Path," UNT undergraduate and graduate stu-
dents from anthropology, journalism, biology, philosophy and art
get hands-on experience with topics such as nature writing, ethno-
ecology, and biocultural and sub-Antarctic watershed conservation.
The field station provides opportunities for students and
faculty to engage in field philosophy, studying the effects of real-
world issues such as the loss of languages and biodiversity, dam-
ming of rivers, exotic invasive species and global warming, while
forming solutions that can transfer to other areas of the world.
"Living in a global context, we can't just offer concepts; we
need actual applications like the field station," says J. Baird Callicott,
chair of UNT's Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies.
The station allows for studies that focus on the global chal-
lenges of biological diversity, such as the impacts of the intro-
duction of North American beavers on watersheds and forested
landscapes, or the introduced mink's predation on ground-nesting
song birds. But research at the station also includes study of lin-
guistic and cultural diversity as well as conservation of bird, plant
and aquatic insect species.
"Rather than theorizing from afar, students and researchers
can engage with the local flora and fauna, as well as the indigenous
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