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Dr. Ricardo Rozzi

Ricardo Rozzi

Universidad de Magallanes - Instituto de Ecologia y Biodiversidad (IEB-Chile) & University of North Texas (UNT)
Ricardo Rozzi is a Chilean ecologist (B.S. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; M.S. University of Chile; Ph.D. University of Connecticut), and philosopher (MA University of Connecticut), whose research has been focused on the integration of diverse forms in which human cultures know and relate to the natural world. He developed the interrelated concepts of biocultural homogenization, biocultural conservation, and biocultural ethics. The biocultural ethic proposes a “3Hs” conceptual framework to value the vial links among specific life Habits and Habitats where they take place embedded in communities of human and other-than-human co-in-Habitants. To incorporate the practice of the biocultural ethic in research, education, and biocultural conservation, he has created the methodological approach of Field Environmental Philosophy and its application into sustainable tourism, with activities such as Ecotourism with a Hand Lens.

Dr. Rozzi is Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas, and Vice-President of the Center for Environmental Philosophy in the U.S.A. In Chile at the University of Magallanes, where he is also President of and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB-Chile). Based in these institutions, he is the director of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park (Chile) and the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (USA and Chile). Rozzi’s work integrating ecology and ethics in biocultural conservation has been widely known for its originality and innovation meriting numerous national and international awards, among those highlighted are:

• 2019 Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education. Ecological Society of America:

• 2019 Ocean Awards. For the Diego Ramirez-Drake Passage Marine Park, Special Award to R. Rozzi and the team of Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program. BOAT International and Blue Marine Foundation’s Ocean Awards:

• 2018 CLASS Advisory Board Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity, College of Liberal Arts & Social Scienes (CLASS), University of North Texas. Denton, TX:

• 2017 Enrique Beltran Prize for the Conservation of Natural Resources of the Wildlife Society of Mexico in conjunction with the International Council on Natural Resources and Wildlife:

• 2014 University of North Texas, College of Arts and Sciences Award for Research Excellence

• 2010 Raanan Weitz Center Prize for Development Studies

• 2009 Citation for Distinguished Service to International Education, University of North Texas

• 2008 Sustainable Living Prize, Fundacion Casa de la Paz at the Economic Commission for Latin America, CEPAL, Chile

• 2004 BBVA Foundation, Spain, Prize for Research in Conservation Biology awarded to the research team of the Insittute of Ecology and Biodiversity

• 2004 National Prize in Science Education and Communication (Explora-CONICYT), Chile

Dr. Rozzi has participated in the creation of the:

• “Senda Darwin” Foundation and biological station (Chiloé, 1995)

• Omora Foundation (2000) and “Omora Ethnobotanical Park” Field Environmental Philosophy Station (Puerto Williams, 2010)

• Chilean Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research Network (2008)

• Foundation of the Subantarctic Cape Horn Center (Puerto Williams, 2015)

Most recently, Dr. Rozzi and his team have been working toward the establishment an iconic world-class facility, the Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center for biocultural research, education, and conservation, which will be built in Puerto Williams, the capital of the Chilean Antarctic Province in 2018. He has published more than 150 articles in indexed journals, edited 27 books, and has given more than 400 presentations in Europe, Asia, United States, and Latin America. He is the editor-in-chief of the Springer book series, Ecology and Ethics, member of the board of directors of the Center for Environmental Philosophy, and represents Latin America in the International Society of Environmental Ethics.
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