SFS CHILE: WILD PATAGONIA: FIRE AND ICE (SEMESTER)
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
- Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
Explore the soaring peaks, massive glaciers, and narrow fjords of Patagonia. Spend a semester with the trails of national parks like Torres del Paine as your classroom for research and field work. Study climate change impacts and conservation approaches in some of the world’s wildest ecosystems, and experience the full diversity of the region through expeditions to the southernmost tip of South America and the volcanic lakes region of northern Patagonia.
- Hike through the dramatic landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park, and take an expedition to neighboring Argentina and the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier.
- From the Strait of Magellan, embark on a voyage through labyrinthine fjords, massive glaciers, and evergreen forests, to Cape Horn - the southernmost point of South America.
- Journey to northern Patagonia’s lakes region, home to the lush Valdivian temperate rainforests, the active Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes, and massive blue whales.
SFS students live and study at the Center for Climate Studies, located near the bustling port city of Puerto Natales – the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. This scenic city, surrounded by the jagged peaks of Cerro Benítez and the deep blue waters of the Señoret Channel, serves as your home base for expeditions throughout the region.
- Climate change impacts and resilience
- Conservation policy
- Ecological succession
- Aquaculture and aquatic ecology
- Coastal and alpine ecology
- Protected areas management
- Species identification and population monitoring
- Landscape and soils analysis
- Natural resource valuation
- Basic Spanish language
- Research design and implementation
- Data collection and analysis
- Research presentation
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