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International Forest Ecophysiology course finishes with the presentation of research projects by the students

Students and Professors of the Forest Ecophysiology Course

The international Course on Forest Ecophysiology was held from January 6-14 at Katalapi Park. Twenty three students from Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Spain participated in the course. Some of the main Plant Ecophysiologists in the world were the invited lecturers. They were Ülo Niinemets (Estonia), Hans Lambers (Australia). Ingo Ensminger (Canada), Ignacio García Plazaola (Basque Country) y Miquel Ribas-Carbó, Jeroni Galmés y Jaume Flexas (Mallorca). This course is part of the graduate programs of Universidad de Concepción, Universidad de La Frontera, and Universidad Austral de Chile. It was coordinated by Drs Luis Corcuera, León Bravo, and Rafael Coopman. Among the topics covered were volatile emissions by plants that affect air quality (such as pines and Eucalyptus), remote measurements for carbon capture performed by the Appleid Ecology Center (CEA), stategies used by plants for mineral nutrients adquisition, resistance to drought, and importance of photosynthesis and respiration in the functioning of the forest. In addition to their lectures, the scientists performed research activities such as the determination of volatiles in Chilean trees, characterization of proteoid roots of Chilean Proteaceae, and recovery of filmy ferns from water loss.

The students will return to their places of origen after 9 intense days of lectures, practical sessions, seminars, and elaboration of research projects. Due to the intense work required by the course, they have to cooperate to finish their tasks. Inevitable, they became good friends with an unforgettable experience in Katalapi.


Center of Applied Ecology uses remote sensing to measure CO2 capture in Katalapi Park

Dr Manuel Contreras, Executive Director of CEA
Helicopter used for remote sensing research

Researchers of the Center of Applied Ecology (CEA) from Santiago performed fights in a helicopter equipped with a hiperspectral camera with the purpose of applying this technique to remote sensing in the native forest. With this instrument it is possible to recognize the existent vegetation and its efficiency in carbon capture. Dr Manuel Contreras, Executive Director of CEA, explains the importance of performing this work  in a cooperative way with scientists from the universities.  This multidisciplinary work with various specialists from the academic world plus CEA researchers will allow to use this technique to measure the productivity of the native forest with higher precision. Dr Marino Cabrera from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, remarks that with this work it will be possible to plan in a better way the sustainable use and conservation of the forest.

After this research is finished, there will be a complete inventory of the flora of Katalapi Park.  This is of particular importance because Katalapi is within the buffer zone for protection of Alerce Andino National Park.


The final program for the VI Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology is now available

 The VI Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will be held in Parque Katalapi on January 15-17, 2011. Distinguished foreign and Chilean scientists, and advanced graduate students will participate in this event. The final program is now available in this page. It includes conferences, short communications and round-table discussions.

 Download final program

Download instructions to arrive to Katalapi




Recently published by herpetologist Dr. Helen Díaz-Paéz, the book "Amphibians of Katalapi Park" is now available online.  Dr. Helen Díaz-Paéz, professor at the University of Concepción, campus Los Angeles, emphasized that this publication becomes a first available resource in the study of amphibians present in the Buffer Areas of Alerce Andino National Park and Llanquihue National Reserve, buffer areas within which Katalapi Park is located. The need to increase knowledge for this area is further highlighted by the fact that the whole area is part of the Temperate Rainforests of the Austral Andes Biosphere Reserve.

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Participants of Chile´s I Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Colloqium, held December 8-10 at Katalapi Park, closed the event with the decision to create the Chilean Herpetology Network. The decision was adopted after establishing the lack of opportunities for professional exchange amongst experts.

The new network´s objectives include facilitating the flow of technical information between its members, promoting the development of herpetology in Chile, and contributing to the sharing of knowledge and studies in ways that can reach the general public.

Participants valued the experience lived in Katalapi (Puerto Montt) and emphasized the need to have regular meetings, so far non-existent in Chile. Through the organization of an annual event, advances in herpetology science will be shared, and cooperation amongst experts will be promoted through presentations, round tables, and moments for informal networking.

The Chilean Herpetology Network´s coordination was awarded to Drs. Marcela Vidal (U. del BíoBío, Chillán) and Helen Díaz-Páez (U. de Concepción, Campus Los Angeles), supported by councilors Felipe Rabanal (U. Austral), Gabriel Lobos (U. de Chile- Faculty of Veterinary M.), Claudio Correa (U. de Chile, Faculty of Sciences) and Antonieta Labra (U. de Chile).