Ox-eye daisy: A not-so-fairy fairytale
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Ox-eye daisy: A not-so-fairy fairytale

Let me tell you a little story. It is an impressive story, one of the more exciting stories from the world of plant invasions I have heard so far. It sounds like a fairytale, but do not expect a happy ending, as it is real life we are talking about. The setting is Australia, the […]

Mountain hazards: Communication is the key to risk reduction!
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Mountain hazards: Communication is the key to risk reduction!

“Natural Hazards and Risks – Changes and Challenges” was the topic of the bi-annual meeting of the Swiss Geomorphological Society (SGS) held in Innertkirchen from 17–19 June 2015. The conference was an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in analyzing and managing mountain hazards in national and international contexts. Many national SGS members, but also […]

Prehistoric glaciation influenced frog evolution
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Prehistoric glaciation influenced frog evolution

Extensive studies in continental regions have discovered that climate variations can have strong impacts on the distribution and evolutionary history of species. Now, a study of mountainous areas, where few studies have been conducted, has found similar patterns in the current distribution and population isolation of a frog species on the Tibetan Plateau. The study, […]

A newly climbed peak in Papua New Guinea
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A newly climbed peak in Papua New Guinea

Underscoring the knowledge gaps in the mountain areas of Oceania, and the need for an MRI Oceania network, a peak in Papua New Guinea (PNG) argued as one of the world’s previously unclimbed ultra prominences (where the summit height above the lowest contour line encircling it and no higher summit is greater than 1500 m) […]

“Mountains 2016” is on the move!
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“Mountains 2016” is on the move!

Mountains 2016 is an international conference that will take place in Bragança, Portugal in 2016 from 3 to 7 October. The goal of the conference is to promote sustainable development in mountains based on science, knowledge, and innovation. Mountains 2016 will combine two different but related events: the X European Mountain Convention (XEMC) and the […]

A Silver Lining to Drought?
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A Silver Lining to Drought?

Despite a cool and wet late spring, drought continues to tighten its clench on western North American mountains, remaining foremost in our minds and the media. Given the unrelenting bad news, I put a question to CIRMOUNT colleagues for our newsletter, Mountain Views, asking if they could find anything good to say about the drought. […]

Securing big money for research
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Securing big money for research

Many of us wonder about how to ‘catch the big fish’ in terms of securing big research money, particularly when funders expect multinational collaboration and trans-disciplinary teams. The real secret is that you have to grow your own group of collaborators over the years – develop a group of people whose work you know and […]

Diffusion of regional cooperation: Forum Carpaticum
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Diffusion of regional cooperation: Forum Carpaticum

The diffusion of ideas strongly influences how societies grow and evolve. The wheel, for example, was an idea that rolled humanity into a faster and more efficient future. Scientific cooperation also has “aha!” moments that shape how scientists work together to solve societal challenges. In 1994, a “wheel” of scientific cooperation was invented with the […]