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Extended Study to Patagonian Chile

ENST 3XX/ES: Topics in Conservation: Patagonian Chile (Pending Approval)
Director: Associate Professor James E. Watkins, Department of Biology, and John Pumilio, Director of Sustainability
On-campus course: Fall 2017
Tentative travel dates: December 28, 2017 – January 20, 2018
Travel locations: Argentina: Buenos Aires; Chile: Palena and Patagonia Sur
Course credit: 1.5 credit. Must complete on campus course (1 credit), and three week extended study (0.5 credit)
Prerequisites: No prerequisites necessary, although Spanish language ability would be beneficial.
Application Deadline: March 24, 2017
On-campus course followed by three weeks in Chile


Along with the completed application, please submit the following documents to Please indicate your preferred Extended Study destination in the subject line of your email.
  1. Download and complete the Extended Study application here.
  2. A personal essay of no more than 500 words, either as a Word document or PDF, explaining why you wish to join this extended study program and what contribution it will make to your education. Also include, if you wish, any characteristics or qualities you possess that you feel would benefit the group.
  3. Your unofficial transcript. Unofficial transcripts may be printed and/or downloaded from Colgate's Portal (
  4. A copy of your passport (if you have one)


Effective natural resource conservation increasingly relies on creative, entrepreneurial and often private-sector, approaches. Conservation easements, carbon-offset contracts, and ecotourism are all private sector approaches that have been used to conserve resources or fund natural resource conservation. These approaches are rarely considered, though, within traditional explorations of conservation science, which emphasize the role of governments and public policy and little is often done to quantitatively evaluate conservation models. Fewer still employ basic science to effectively measure forest resilience, carbon sequestration, and the impacts of conservation models on biodiversity. This extended study (ES) course will be linked to a semester-long on campus component that will develop student’s knowledge and understanding of both basic and applied aspects of conservation in Patagonian Chile (Los Lagos Region, near Palena). Specifically, we will explore the for-profit conservation model based at Patagonia Sur from various dimensions to include on the ground ecological and local social surveys.

NOTE: Both components of the course (on- and off-campus) must be completed for credit.