Ordinary processes in an extraordinary environment
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Ordinary processes in an extraordinary environment

The “Dry Season” in the páramo of the Southern Ecuadorian Andes seemed anything but dry following our third straight day of field work under low, dark clouds and steady showers.  “Dry”, in the páramo, as I have come to learn, simply means that there exists a potential, if only minute, that the clouds will break […]

A year without flying
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A year without flying

It’s a conflict we all know, but it weighs particularly heavily on environmental scientists: air travel allows researchers to take part in international projects to discuss problems face-to-face, but it’s also damaging our climate and our environment. It’s a classic dilemma, and solving it will take creativity and a little sacrifice. A personal experiment. At […]

The Manica Highlands and the “big audacious hairy goal”
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The Manica Highlands and the “big audacious hairy goal”

The world is full of beautiful natural places. In fact, there are probably more beautiful places than not (at least naturally – we’ve made plenty of ugly ones ourselves as people however – and also many of our own beautiful ones!). These beautiful places include mountains. Many, many mountains. For an African in fact, there […]

All (phenological) eyes on Takayama forests!
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All (phenological) eyes on Takayama forests!

Phenology has been one of the hottest topics in ecosystem and global environmental sciences in the last decades. Plant phenology describes the seasonal events we enjoy every year in our surrounding mountain forest ecosystems: leaf budbreak and expansion in spring, flowers and many insects including cicadas in the forest canopy in summer, acorns and leaf […]

Montanhas brasileiras – Innovative sustainability research
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Montanhas brasileiras – Innovative sustainability research

Brazil is among the 20 countries with the largest mountainous areas on the planet, as nearly 17% of its national territory reaches over 600 meters in elevation. Brazilian mountains are extraordinarily diverse, spanning regions along the Atlantic coast, in the Amazon rainforest, the semiarid region and the multicultural countryside. Some of the most popular Brazilian touristic […]

Early Career Mountain Sentinels
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Early Career Mountain Sentinels

The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network (mountainsentinels.org) is an international and transdisciplinary group of researchers, NGOs, stakeholders and government organizations from over 50 mountain sites around the world. Our objective is to use socio-economic, political, and biophysical observations and models to engage in knowledge co-creation and coordinated practice. The group was funded recently by NSF, and […]