Celia López-Chávez, Ph.D in History and Geography with focus in Latin American History, from Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Associate Professor at UHP.
Dr. López-Chávez will bring her experience leading international programs, and her background on history and geography with focus on Latin American Studies. Being a native herself of Western Argentina, she will contribute with her knowledge of the region as well as her training in interdisciplinary research. She will teach topics related to the human context of arid zones, the influence of geography in human history and cultures of both regions and the impact of humans in their environment. Students will learn about the characteristics of water culture through centuries and at present, and the human aspects of biospheres reserves.
Ursula Shepherd, Ph.D. in Community Ecology and Biogeography, UNM. M.A. in Integrated Social Sciences, University of the Pacific. Associate Professor at UHP.
Dr. Ursula Shepherd will bring her experience in international programs, her background in ecology and biogeography of the region and of arid landscapes in general, and her training in research techniques. She will teach topics related to the natural history of the two regions, ecology of arid landscapes, and the geological, and physical geographical features that account for the similarities and differences in these two places. Students will learn about climate as well as landforms and will become familiar with such concepts as physiographic provinces, biomes, convergent evolution as they work in the two locales.
Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de Zonas Aridas or IADIZA (current director: Anthropologist Sergio Roig). This institution belongs to CRICYT (Centro Regional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas ), which is an institution under the partnership of three entities: CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas), Government of the Province of Mendoza (Argentina) and Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina.
Guest scholar: Dr. Ricardo Ojeda (biologist), researcher at IADIZA and former IADIZA Director.
Departamento de Historia and Instituto de Geografía Aplicada, Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina.
Guest scholars: Geographer María C. Gonsález and Historian Ana Fanchín.