Changing of the Guard at MRI
Posted by
Posted in

Changing of the Guard at MRI

On 1 August 2016, Elise Maria Keller succeeded Claudia Drexler as MRI’s Communications Manager. Elise brings to MRI impressive skills in website design and management, social media, graphic design and event management developed during her Bachelors work on New Media and Communications in Zürich and Basel and honed further during her recent work as content […]

Journey to Yala Glacier
Posted by
Posted in

Journey to Yala Glacier

The handset shortwave radio finally crackled, ‘Chimi ji, are you still there? Over!’ asked Ngawang, the leader of the expedition checking on me. I felt safe. I had been sitting alone on the glacier for about 45 minutes, as I could not keep up with my colleagues and I was exhausted. Unrelenting fog that refused […]

Ups & Downs of Lagomorphs in Western North America
Posted by
Posted in

Ups & Downs of Lagomorphs in Western North America

Did you know that rabbits and their kin (Order Lagomorpha) have an international scientific consortium dedicated to their study, conservation, and global-change impacts, the World Lagomorph Society? The Society first met in Canada in 1979, and, since 2004, has met every four years. The first meeting in the USA convened in July 2016 in California. […]

Ventures at the top of the Andean Cordillera and beyond…
Posted by
Posted in

Ventures at the top of the Andean Cordillera and beyond…

How thrilling would it be to tapped on the shoulder by a native little man in the Andean Cordillera, ushered into a cave behind a waterfall, and then offered the opportunity to explore a magical realm, for real? Moody dirty cave, scruffy man…that’s pretty much what happened to me and a good friend and colleague, […]

Pray for Rain: Tokopah Basin Snow Survey 2016
Posted by
Posted in

Pray for Rain: Tokopah Basin Snow Survey 2016

We are greeted by a holler. The light from our headlamps bounces against the trees and the stone walls of the hut. It’s my dad who has yelled out to us. He stands at the front door illuminated by the cabin light and the half-moon that hangs on the horizon. “Go ahead Adam,” I say, […]

More. Higher. Faster.
Posted by
Posted in

More. Higher. Faster.

That they are creeping uphill, we noticed. That there are more of them every year, we noticed. That the lowlands are teeming with possible candidates awaiting their chance to invade the mountains, we suspected. The ever increasing, ever faster, ever higher movement of new arrivals to the alpine zone is a phenomenon that we’ve been […]

AWS On Ice
Posted by
Posted in

AWS On Ice

True fact: there have been not one but two workshops dedicated specifically to the installation of automatic weather stations on glaciers. One of the biggest unknowns in how glaciers will respond to climate change are the meteorological conditions and melt rates at the glacier surface, and how these conditions relate to data from standard observation […]

Multi-dimensional approaches in multi-dimensional environments
Posted by
Posted in

Multi-dimensional approaches in multi-dimensional environments

The Himalayas represent a collection of ecologically rich but fragile ecosystems, and provide livelihoods to the more than 50 million people living in the Himalayan states. Himalayan ecosystems are vital to downstream communities of the Indo-Gangetic-Brahmaputra plains. They provide “ecological security” to the Indian landmass by providing forest resources, feeding perennial rivers that are the […]