About us

What is LTSER-Chile?

The Chilean Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research Network (LTSER) is a non-profit foundation that manages a number of long-term study sites the length of Chile. The majority of our funding is derived from public channels via the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB).


To ensure availability of the infrastructure and human capacity needed to conduct long-term socio-ecological research.

To provide a high-quality ongoing record of key social, biological and physical variables, as well as climatic and environmental trend indicators for ecosystems that are representative of southern South America.

To offer first-hand training in ecology to undergraduate and postgraduate students from Chile and other countries around the world in the form of annual field courses in ecosystem sciences and biocultural conservation.

To combine the efforts of IEB researchers with those from other scientific institutions in the network, both nationally and internationally.

To communicate LTSER’s long-term results to the general public and to decision makers in particular.


To conduct long-term research within the ecosystems of southern South America in order to make a social and ecological contribution to the resolution of today’s local and global environmental problems.


  • Aurora Gaxiola, President.
  • Luis Corcuera, Vicepresident.
  • Alejandro Salazar, Secretary.
  • Tamara Contador, Treasurer.
  • Francisco Squeo, Director.

Network coordinator

Study sites

  1. Atacama Station UC.
  2. Fray Jorge Experimental Station.
  3. Marine Research Coastal Station (ECIM UC).
  4. Bosque San Martín Experimental Station.
  5. Katalapi Park Scientific Research and Environmental Education Centre.
  6. Senda Darwin Biological Station.
  7. Huinay Scientific Centre.
  8. Patagonia Interdisciplinary Research Station (EPII UC).
  9. Omora Ethnobotanical Park.

(Study site locations)

National partners

International partners

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