A bit of information about myself
monikaschillat Originally from Germany, I was born in 1960 in Hamburg. This is also where I grew up and studied Latin American History and Literature at Hamburg University. By trade a historian, later on I undertook master´s studies at the University of Valencia about Educational Research. Since 1989 I spend most of my time in Argentina. First I was a resident of the mountainous Tierra del Fuego, where I lectured at the Patagonian National University “San Juan Bosco” (since 1990) and in later years at the National University of Tierra del Fuego. My topics were: History of the South Atlantic, Argentinean Social and Economic History and more and more as well Antarctica. I loved to hike and going horse-riding in this wonderful area.

But I left my teaching position in 2016 to move further north, where I was looking for new challenges. Today I live in the beautiful San Rafael/Mendoza area, where – together with my partner - I try to revive and abandoned fruit-farm and plant Kiri or Pauwlonia trees for carbon offset. So far we have planted 2000 trees, but we won´t stop there.

In addition, I have been traveling the poles, working on board expedition cruise ships as lecturer and Expedition Leader to the Antarctic Peninsula, Islands of the South Atlantic, Greenland and Svalbard since 1992. I still love to go to polar deserts and am working in Antarctica every season. In the off-season I try to find some time to paint and write, having amongst others published history and travel books and started to illustrate books as well.