Chiloé Island, Chile
(Spring Semester)

MES 604/LAS 304: Fieldwork in Coastal Management
The focus of this course will be Chiloé Island, Chile, the second largest island in Chile and located in southern Chile in the Los Lagos Region. As part of this course, students will explore Chile's physical geography, culture, legal framework and institutions, and tourism-development-aquaculture conflicts. In addition, the course will examine different metholodologies for diagnosing the site's socioeconomic, governance, and environmental charactistics. Participants will meet weekly throughout the semester in Miami to discuss background readings and develop a group research field project that course participants will carry out during a Spring Break trip to the research site in Chiloé Island. Upon return to the University of Miami, the class will prepare manuscripts and presentations based on the field data that course participants have collected during the trip.

Course Meetings – Wednesday evenings throughout the Spring Semester from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. on the Coral Gables Campus.


Travel Dates – 9-18 March 2018
Comprehensive Course Fee - $600.  The fee includes local travel from Puerto Montt to Chiloé, field trips, Chiloé National Park entry fees, room and board in Quelin, Chiloé, and course materials.
Student Expenses – Students are responsible for arranging their travel from Miami to Puerto Montt, Chile on 9 March 2018 and return on 18 March 2018.

If you are interested in this course, please contact Daniel Suman (  The course is limited to 12-15 persons.