The Huinay Foundation is a private non-profit organization which seeks to generate understanding of the structures and dynamics of the ecosystems of Chilean Patagonia through scientific research and make the gained knowledge publicly available for the benefit of the society.
The Huinay Scientific Field Station gives access to both typical and rare marine, terrestrial and limnic habitats from 500 m water depth to 2000 m altitude.
The features that draw most attention are:
Two nearby fjords with very different features can be accessed from the station. Different use types like salmon farming, shellfish and finfish harvesting give the opportunity to study different human impacts.
Highlights: Cold-water coral banks reaching into the euphotic zone, brachiopod banks, mussel banks, cold seeps with anaerobic microbial biocenosis, pH gradient 7.4 – 8.1, pronounced Low Salinity Layer, diverse benthic and infauna with numerous species new to science.
The station is surrounded by thousands of hectares of primary forest which hosts a diverse flora and fauna.
Highlights: Highly diverse extratropical (Valdivian) rainforest, natural disturbance regime increasing diversity through successional stages, alerce forests with some trees older than 2000 years, complete coverage of andine altitude stratification, exceptional rich rodent and entomofaun, geological and tectonic features such as fumaroles and active volcanoes.
The station gives access to a diverse set of freshwater bodies.
Highlights: glacial lakes, moor lakes, meltwater creeks, and rivers, ephermal and permanent rainwater creeks with different physical and chemical features, crater lakes and hot springs.
Facilities and Logistics
The Huinay Scientific Field Station has basic equipped dry and wet labs with aquarium room, which includes fresh and saltwater supply, hatchery tanks and cold rooms.
A dive base and two research vessels of 6 m and 8 m length; access to devices, including ROV and CTD, as well as sit-on-top double kayak, trails in the valley, up the mountain and to a refuge at 900 m altitude.
Fields of Research
Baseline research (e.g. biogeographic and taxonomic work, trophic ecology, terrestrial-marine coupling, oceanographic studies, terrestrial and marine primary production, etc.)
Impacts and consequences of climate change and ocean acidification (historic climate reconstruction, carbon fixation, pH patterns, adaptations of cold-water corals to low pH, droughts stress, etc.)
Resource management and conservation (design and promotion of marine protected areas, monitoring of changes in biodiversity, marine spatial planning, human impacts assessments, etc.)
Years of research at the Huinay Scientific Field Station have resulted in more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and more than 200 presentation on scientific meetings.
Other Field Stations and Research Institutes in Chilean Patagonia
- Ayacara Biological Monitoring Station,Hornopiren iobfs.org/directories/ayacara.htm
- Senda Darwin Foundation, Ancud, Chiloé sendadarwin.cl/espanol/
- Experimental Center for Aquaculture and Marine Science,Universidad de los Lagos: Metri puertomontt.ulagos.cl/index.php
- Experimental research stations for aquaculture development, Universidad Austral de Chile, Maullín: Yaldad, Melinka and Raúl Marín Balmaceda uach.cl/sedes-y-campus/informacion-general/sede-puerto-montt
- CIEP:Centro de Investigación en Ecosistemas de la Patagonia, Coyhaique ciep.cl
- CONAFRefuges in Tempano and Bernardo Fjords, XIth región bfs.igb-berlin.de/index.php/biological-field-station-fact-sheet/bernardo_o_higgins_national_park_field_station.html
- Fundacion CEQUA:Centro de estudios del Cuaternario de Fuego Patagonia y Antartica, Puerto Natales y Punta Arenas www.cequa.cl/cequa/
- Centro IDEAL:Centro de investigación dinámica de ecosistemas marinos de altas latitudes, Punta Arenas centroideal.cl
- Parque Etnobotánico Omora, Universidad de Magallanes, Isla Navarino umag.cl/facultades/williams/?page_id=855
Scientific Office: +56 652912147
Casilla # 462, Puerto Montt, Chile.