College of Forestry Latin America Initiative

Chile Initiative

CoF Internationalization Strategy

The Chile Initiative is the first step of a broader internationalization strategy for the college which seeks to link CoF with key trading nations in Latin America and around the Pacific Rim. The initiative builds and supports collaborative research, targeted study and internship experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, and opportunities for interaction between Oregon’s landowners, industry and government leaders and their Chilean counterparts.
Chile’s diverse ecosystems (similar to the Pacific Northwest), forward-thinking forest industry and focus on sustainable resource management makes it an ideal partner for Oregonians interested in gaining a global perspective on the state of forests, their use, and conservation.


The Chile Initiative:

  • Fosters academic and professional connections 
  • Supports scholars in the field
  • Hosts international seminars 
  • Enables faculty to create learning opportunities for their students.


Joint Faculty Research

CoF scholars are actively engaged with their Chilean counterparts in research across the forest spectrum. 

Presentations by Visiting Scholars

Current Collaborative Research

Research being done collaboratively between OSU and Chilean scholars can be found by clicking the link above.

Click here for an inside look at the collaborative research being done between OSU and Chile. 


Graduate Research - CoF has welcomed a number of Chilean Masters and PhD students, and actively supports their research in Oregon and Chile. US graduate students have opportunities to work through CoF networks to pursue their professional academic objectives in Chile’s universities, companies, forests and plantations.

Graduate student Randi Shaw recently participated in an internship with The Nature Conservancy at the Valdivian Coastal Reserve. Click here to read her story. 


Undergraduate and Graduate Student Learning

“Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity [and] a privilege that can change your perspective on the world.”

- Jessica Kessinger (FERM)

Jessica Kessinger (FERM), worked as an intern for Western Forest Products in Canada and Forestal Mininco in Chile. Click to read Jessica's blog and student story.  

Exchanges – Chilean students (undergraduate and graduate) attend OSU, and CoF students broaden their knowledge (and perfect their Spanish) in Chile through partnerships with:

  • Universidad de Concepción
  • Universidad Austral de Chile
  • Universidad del Bío Bío 

Internships – CoF students build professional experience with:

Research – CoF faculty and Chilean partners design learning experiences which integrate US and Chilean students, simultaneously building knowledge of global issues in Forestry and critical intercultural skills.


Broader CoF Constituency

The College is supporting engagement that goes beyond our faculty and students to our wider community. Recent activities include:

  • CoF Extension trip to Chile for small woodland owners
  • Dean’s Tour of Chile, Nov. 2014: Led by Dean Maness, CoF faculty and Oregon industry leaders visit Chile and engage with forest sector peers 
Interested in learning more?  Please contact Michele Justice at to learn about opportunities to get involved in the CoF Chile Initiative, including supporting students to make these opportunities a reality.