Dr Rudolf Thomann
In 2007 Rudolf, a native of Santiago, enthralled ASA travellers with his deep knowledge of Chile’s flora and fauna. Rudolf studied for his Masters Degree in Applied Botany at the University of Hamburg in 1975. From 1982 to 1988 he taught in the agricultural institute of the University of Arica (Northern Chile). He then spent 2 years in the field studying the endemic highland fish, Orestias (a genus of ‘pup fish’), in the high altitude waters of Lake Chungara in the region of Altiplano of Arica y Parinacota. In 1990 Rudolf completed his PhD in Natural Sciences at Hamburg and returned to Chile where he became involved in research projects in Torres del Paine and San Pedro de Atacama. Rudolf is currently a professor of Ecotourism in Santiago. He has participated in tourism projects throughout Chile for more than 20 years and in the Antarctic as a lecturer on board many vessels since 1994. Very much involved in environmental issues, he sits on the board of directors of the oldest Chilean non-governmental, environmental organization, CODEFF. Rudolf first joined ASA as tour lecturer in 2007 on our program entitled ‘Chile: Gardens, Cities & National Parks from the Altoplano to Northern Patagonia’.