Scientist Afield in Southern Andes In the Mountains Above Santiago

Wisconsin scientist Nick Miller starts his Nature Conservancy fellowship in the mountains above Santiago, part of the Andean range; about 80 percent of Chile is mountainous. © Francisco Solis/TNC

A meeting takes Nick (rt) to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia where he meets with Stephan Halloy, science coordinator for the Southern Andes, and other Southern Andes Conservation team members. © Jorge Leon/TNC

This rare flowering thorn tree is a typical species of Chile’s Mediterranean habitat, of which less than 1 percent is officially protected. © Rodrigo Sandoval

This South American grey fox makes its home in Chile’s Mediterranean habitat, which is home to more than 1,500 plant species found nowhere else on Earth. © Tom Crowley

Yeso Reservoir in the Maipo Basin above Santiago is one of the main reservoirs that provides drinking water to the residents of Santiago. © Nick Miller/TNC

Grazing by domestic animals, fire and glaciers that retreat faster than plants can recolonize all contribute to loss of vegetation and increased erosion on slopes like these in Maipo Basin. © Nick Miller/TNC

Domestic cows contribute to overgrazing of the high elevation wetlands, or bofedales, which could replace some of the services now provided by retreating glaciers. © Nick Miller/TNC

Nick (right) and his Southern Andes colleagues investigate an alpine wetland, which is incredibly diverse; the deep organic layer of this wetland stores carbon and cleans and stores water. © Maryann Ramirez/TNC

The Valdivian Coastal Range is home to gorgeous seascapes, temperate rainforest and many unique plants and animals. Join us in June when Nick and his family explore this beautiful place. © Nick Hall


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