We are a network of ecology researchers

running the length and breadth of Chile

The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity is a non-profit organisation whose principal objective is to conduct frontier research into the science behind biodiversity, thus contributing to sustainable development in Chile.

The IEB comprises three structural units:

Science / Technology Transfer and Development / Science Communication.

The Science Unit is the Institute’s main department, and within it the Transfer and Communication Units are inter-disciplinary divisions whose purpose is to promote dialogue and relationships with the public. Maintaining collaboration networks and training scientists are other fundamental aspects of the IEB’s framework.

Our Institute is home to more than 20 researchers from 6 universities around the country, over a hundred postgraduate students conducting research, and a team of more than 20 professionals and technical personnel. The IEB has also created 3 biological stations for the study of biodiversity, strategically located in ecosystems around Chile.

Mission

Our mission is to conduct frontier research into the science behind biodiversity in a context of historical, present-day and future environmental changes, to train new generations of scientists, and to contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of our natural heritage as part of the social, economic and cultural development of Chile.

Vision

The IEB has three main focuses, and generation of scientific knowledge lies at the heart of our present and future endeavours.

Biodiversity science: our aspiration is to be a world class Institute engaging in groundbreaking scientific research to support sustainable development in Chile, and as part of this we operate as a training centre, providing advanced education for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and mentoring for young researchers.

Technology Transfer and Development: we want to create close relationships with both the public and private sectors in Chile, working in partnership with public services towards solving environmental problems and acting as a source of scientific information to promote sustainability in the use of natural resources by Chilean industry.

Science communication: our aim is to communicate the scientific knowledge generated by the IEB’s researchers to a broad range of non-scientific audiences, understanding their differing needs and strengthening their appreciation of science and the importance of protecting biodiversity.

The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) was founded in 2006 as a centre of excellence for scientific research, bringing together professors and students from the Universidad de Chile’s Plant Systematics and Ecology Laboratory (part of the Faculty of Science) and the country’s leading researchers in ecology. Founded under the auspices of the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) – run by the Ministry of the Economy – the IEB has since 2008 also been receiving Financiamiento Basal funding from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT).

Today, the IEB operates as a decentralised network of researchers from six Chilean universities and two private academic foundations, working in partnership with scientists from other national and international institutions, each world leader in ecology and environmental sciences. One of the IEB’s priorities has been training of scientists by means of special support for postgraduate programmes at regional universities, and this has been an important factor for the Universidad de La Serena and the Universidad de Magallanes in gaining accreditation for their programmes.

Over this period we have strengthened our relationships with the public and private sectors, with the intention of providing science-based support for the public and for sustainable development in Chile. As a result of this, and in partnership with the Universidad de Magallanes, the IEB led the planning and set up of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (CHBR). In the private sector, the IEB’s most successful alliance has been with a group of twenty wineries who together export 60% of the total wine produced in Chile, and with whom we have worked to establish a conservation agreement to protect 25,000 hectares of native vegetation found in and around their vineyards. In other industries, our scientists have been involved in conservation plans for a natural heritage site covering 31,000 hectares in the north of the country, and have taken part in ecological restoration programmes alongside several companies from the mining industry. A unique programme focusing on the biodiversity of the Magallanes Region of Chile was launched in conjunction with local tourism operators, and subsequently extended south to the island of Chiloé and as far north as the Coquimbo Region.

The IEB’s science communication team has brought our work to numerous audiences from Coquimbo to Magallanes, including school children, teachers, the agricultural labour force and the general public. It has also produced a range of scientific outreach publications, including a number of texts about ecology that have been distributed by the Ministry of Education to schools the length of the country.

Over the past decade, the IEB has striven to improve and increase the facilities available to support research, contributing to the expansion of the Senda Darwin field station on the island of Chiloé, and constructing and equipping new field stations in the Omora Park on Navarino Island and in the Fray Jorge National Park. These biological stations, with their accommodation and work facilities for researchers and students, serve as bases for the Chilean Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) Network, founded by the IEB and formally linked to the International Long-term Ecological Research Network (I-LTER).

Over the past 10 years, the IEB has been making a real contribution to human well-being and to the protection of ecosystems, through collaborative scientific research, and communication and transfer of this research to the public and private sectors, and to local communities.

The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity is founded on a solid operational structure which allows us to achieve our strategic objectives and ensure professional administrative and financial management of the Institute. This structure includes an Executive Director – reporting to the IEB President and Project Directors – who is responsible for the design and implementation of the institutional work plan, and for ensuring effective management of resources. The Executive Director supervises the work of the Legal Advisor, the Administration and Finance Directors, and the Information Management Director. She also oversees the Technology Transfer and Development Unit and the Science Communication Unit.

These units were formed recently based on experience gained over the first ten years of the IEB’s existence, and they work together and in combination with the Institute’s researchers to strengthen our social impact and to broaden collaboration with our national and international partners. Their joint objective is to narrow the gap between science and the public, leading advances in responsible Earth management and sustainable development in Chile.

  • The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity is a non-profit organisation whose principal objective is to conduct frontier research into the science behind biodiversity, thus contributing to sustainable development in Chile.

    The IEB comprises three structural units:

    Science / Technology Transfer and Development / Science Communication.

    The Science Unit is the Institute’s main department, and within it the Transfer and Communication Units are inter-disciplinary divisions whose purpose is to promote dialogue and relationships with the public. Maintaining collaboration networks and training scientists are other fundamental aspects of the IEB’s framework.

    Our Institute is home to more than 20 researchers from 6 universities around the country, over a hundred postgraduate students conducting research, and a team of more than 20 professionals and technical personnel. The IEB has also created 3 biological stations for the study of biodiversity, strategically located in ecosystems around Chile.

  • Mission

    Our mission is to conduct frontier research into the science behind biodiversity in a context of historical, present-day and future environmental changes, to train new generations of scientists, and to contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of our natural heritage as part of the social, economic and cultural development of Chile.

    Vision

    The IEB has three main focuses, and generation of scientific knowledge lies at the heart of our present and future endeavours.

    Biodiversity science: our aspiration is to be a world class Institute engaging in groundbreaking scientific research to support sustainable development in Chile, and as part of this we operate as a training centre, providing advanced education for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and mentoring for young researchers.

    Technology Transfer and Development: we want to create close relationships with both the public and private sectors in Chile, working in partnership with public services towards solving environmental problems and acting as a source of scientific information to promote sustainability in the use of natural resources by Chilean industry.

    Science communication: our aim is to communicate the scientific knowledge generated by the IEB’s researchers to a broad range of non-scientific audiences, understanding their differing needs and strengthening their appreciation of science and the importance of protecting biodiversity.

  • The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) was founded in 2006 as a centre of excellence for scientific research, bringing together professors and students from the Universidad de Chile’s Plant Systematics and Ecology Laboratory (part of the Faculty of Science) and the country’s leading researchers in ecology. Founded under the auspices of the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) – run by the Ministry of the Economy – the IEB has since 2008 also been receiving Financiamiento Basal funding from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT).

    Today, the IEB operates as a decentralised network of researchers from six Chilean universities and two private academic foundations, working in partnership with scientists from other national and international institutions, each world leader in ecology and environmental sciences. One of the IEB’s priorities has been training of scientists by means of special support for postgraduate programmes at regional universities, and this has been an important factor for the Universidad de La Serena and the Universidad de Magallanes in gaining accreditation for their programmes.

    Over this period we have strengthened our relationships with the public and private sectors, with the intention of providing science-based support for the public and for sustainable development in Chile. As a result of this, and in partnership with the Universidad de Magallanes, the IEB led the planning and set up of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (CHBR). In the private sector, the IEB’s most successful alliance has been with a group of twenty wineries who together export 60% of the total wine produced in Chile, and with whom we have worked to establish a conservation agreement to protect 25,000 hectares of native vegetation found in and around their vineyards. In other industries, our scientists have been involved in conservation plans for a natural heritage site covering 31,000 hectares in the north of the country, and have taken part in ecological restoration programmes alongside several companies from the mining industry. A unique programme focusing on the biodiversity of the Magallanes Region of Chile was launched in conjunction with local tourism operators, and subsequently extended south to the island of Chiloé and as far north as the Coquimbo Region.

    The IEB’s science communication team has brought our work to numerous audiences from Coquimbo to Magallanes, including school children, teachers, the agricultural labour force and the general public. It has also produced a range of scientific outreach publications, including a number of texts about ecology that have been distributed by the Ministry of Education to schools the length of the country.

    Over the past decade, the IEB has striven to improve and increase the facilities available to support research, contributing to the expansion of the Senda Darwin field station on the island of Chiloé, and constructing and equipping new field stations in the Omora Park on Navarino Island and in the Fray Jorge National Park. These biological stations, with their accommodation and work facilities for researchers and students, serve as bases for the Chilean Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) Network, founded by the IEB and formally linked to the International Long-term Ecological Research Network (I-LTER).

    Over the past 10 years, the IEB has been making a real contribution to human well-being and to the protection of ecosystems, through collaborative scientific research, and communication and transfer of this research to the public and private sectors, and to local communities.

  • The Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity is founded on a solid operational structure which allows us to achieve our strategic objectives and ensure professional administrative and financial management of the Institute. This structure includes an Executive Director – reporting to the IEB President and Project Directors – who is responsible for the design and implementation of the institutional work plan, and for ensuring effective management of resources. The Executive Director supervises the work of the Legal Advisor, the Administration and Finance Directors, and the Information Management Director. She also oversees the Technology Transfer and Development Unit and the Science Communication Unit.

    These units were formed recently based on experience gained over the first ten years of the IEB’s existence, and they work together and in combination with the Institute’s researchers to strengthen our social impact and to broaden collaboration with our national and international partners. Their joint objective is to narrow the gap between science and the public, leading advances in responsible Earth management and sustainable development in Chile.