Semester

Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice

Chile

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Study climate science in the iconic region of Patagonia. The fragile ecosystems of southern Chile and Argentina are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – unpredictable storms, glacial melt, shifting temperatures, fires, and droughts. This program examines Patagonian ecology and geologic systems, the motivations and tradeoffs of conservation decisions in the region, and compares Chilean conservation approaches to those of other countries around the world.

Situated in the Ring of Fire, Patagonia’s stunning, snow-covered volcanic range presents an unmatched opportunity to study complex geological and seismic processes. You’ll explore soaring peaks, cleaving glaciers, and narrow fjords, while the trails of Torres del Paine National Park become your classroom for research and field work. Journey to the southernmost tip of South America, crossing the Strait of Magellan and observing charismatic Magellanic and king penguins in their natural habitats.

Language:
Coursework is taught in English; 2-credit Spanish language & Chilean culture course
Credits:
18
Prerequisites:
One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science

Semester


Location

Puerto Natales, Patagonia - Chile


Fall 2019

September 9 - December 20

Open


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Academics

Chile Grey Glacier - TDP LANDSCAPE

What You'll Study


  • Climate change resilience
  • Glacial dynamics
  • Ecological succession
  • Penguin behavior
  • Conservation strategy and practice
  • Coastal and alpine ecology
  • Geology and volcanic activity
  • Protection of endangered species
  • National park visitation and management

What You'll Practice


  • Species identification
  • Biodiversity assessments
  • Natural resource valuation
  • Research design, implementation, and presentation
  • Quantitative & qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Communicating science to diverse audiences
  • Language (Spanish)


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Center for Climate Studies


Chile

Students attending this program will be based at the SFS Center for Climate Studies in Puerto Natales, Chile. Click here to find out more about the Center and life at the field station.

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