Hemispheric University

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 

Facility Name

Senda Darwin Biological Station – Chiloé

Facility Description

This station was created in 1996 by the Senda Dawin Foundation. In 2016 the station signed a collaboration agreement with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in order to formalize an academic relationship that has existed since the Foundationʼs establishment. The land of the field station is about 100 hectares, located 15 kilometers south of the city of Ancud. It hosts a laboratory, a guesthouse, a visitorʼs center with an auditorium for 40 people, a plant nursery with native flora, a small library, and the park rangerʼs house. The land also includes a native forest where several scientific measuring instruments have been set up.

Scientists at Senda Darwin Biological Station work and investigate along the very path that the famous evolutionist Charles Darwin traveled, where he observed, took notes, and posed critical questions.

Facility Past Projects

Some research areas: (1) Monitoring of the “Monito del Monte” population (arboreal marsupial), (2) Networks of tree species interaction with insects, (3) Carbon fluxes and storage.

Facility Contact

Juan Armesto, Director