AfroMont is an African mountain research network that is coordinated by Dr Sue Taylor, a development specialist with experience in biodiversity conservation. Sue has a strong interest in how climate change will impact on biodiversity, ecosystems, protected areas and African human society – and in particular, the communication of these issues to a wider audience.
The Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to understanding climates and ecosystems of western North American mountains. CIRMOUNT's goal is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines and institutions to monitor and understand climate-driven changes in the unique landscapes that define western North American mountains, and to respond to the needs and challenges of western society for mountain resources imposed by climate change. CIRMOUNT is sponsored by a diverse group of agencies, universities, and institutions, and is endorsed as a pilot project of the international Mountain Research Initiative. CIRMOUNT is chaired by Connie Millar, a senior scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, California, USA. Her research focuses on high-elevation mountain environments of the Great Basin (USA), where she studies forest response to climate, biogeography of small mammals (especially American pikas), and the role of periglacial processes in mountain geomorphology. Connie has been a leader in developing climate-adaptation strategies for temperate forest ecosystems. She carries her love of lagomorphs into her home, where she shares domestic companionship with a warren of house rabbits.
The aim of MIREN is to understand the effects of global change on plant invasions and plant biodiversity in mountainous areas. We perform observational and experimental studies along elevation gradients to evaluate and quantify the processes and mechanisms that are shaping mountain plant communities. By performing our experiments in this way we can evaluate processes at local (within site), region, and global (both comparing within and between latitudinal zones) scales.
The GlacierHub is a website managed by Ben Orlove, an anthropologist at the Earth Institute and CRED at Columbia University, with support of Nick Smith, Gina Stovall and Brad Swain. GlacierHub seeks to expand and deepen the understanding of glaciers. It provides information about current scientific research, tells stories of people who live near glaciers or who visit them, and offers accounts of the efforts of communities and organizations to address the challenges brought by glacier retreat. It serves as well as a nexus to link people who are concerned about glaciers, so that they can communicate with each other and develop responses to the changes in glaciers. GlacierHub is funded by the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions under the National Science Foundation Program Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU), with additional support from the MA Program in Climate and Society at Columbia University. Major funding is provided under the cooperative agreement NSF SES-0951516.
JALPS is the Japanese Alps Inter-University Cooperative Project. This program aims to predict the influences of global warming on the environments of the Japanese Alps region. To achieve this goal, scientists of three universities cooperated and started the project beyond the framework of each university. Specialists of climate, water and nutrient cycles, carbon cycle, and ecosystem face the issues. The outcomes of this project will offer future predictions and therefore the countermeasures against global warming.
The Lusophony Mountain Research Network will promote information flow among researchers and research institutions and work to create more and better opportunities for research partnerships, projects, grants, education, etc. As part of a broader mountain network (the Mountain Research Initiative), LuMont will be directly connected to the entire mountain community, which allows for endless possibilities for cooperation in science, education and development, as well as for active participation in the definition of research and political agendas in mountain socio-ecological systems.
With a background in geography and corporate communications, Claudia is ideally positioned to work at the nexus of science and communication. Since 2005, Claudia has been the Scientific Communication and Event Manager of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI). In this position, she has developed a range of communication tools for MRI, including the website, newsflashes and event communications. In 2010 and 2011, Claudia worked on the EU-funded mountain.TRIP project to develop exemplary communication tools for translating research results into practice. Since 2014, she is responsible for MRI Europe and the Swiss Austrian Alliance (CH-AT). Within CH-AT, she is leading a Mountain Research Advocacy group in the preparation of a Strategic Research Agenda “Mountains for Europe’s Future”.
Since 2004, Dr. Greenwood has been Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), an international project office funded by the Swiss NSF under the auspices of IGBP, GTOS and IHDP and focused on global change research in mountains worldwide. As Director, he has promoted the expansion of global change research in mountains at the global level through concerted efforts on observations and assessments, workshops on topics of key interest to the mountain community, through networking events, traditional media and new media communication channels, and through collaboration with other research networks and organizations focused on sustainable mountain development. Prior to MRI, he served as Science Advisor to the Resources Secretary of California and Climate and Bioenergy Advisor for the California Department of Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, an M.S. in Range Science from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College. He counts his time at the State of California as his post-doc in political reality. He is familiar with the Northern Appalachians, the Colorado Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, the Swiss Alps, the Highlands of Western Cameroon, and selected portions of Tibet, the Karakorum and the…
John is Professor of Papua New Guinea Studies at Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea. His research interests include social mapping and land ownership in Melanesia; development in the Pacific; social impacts of mining; governance and traditional politics in Papua New Guinea; Native Title research in Torres Strait and among rainforest Aboriginal groups in North Queensland.
S4C – Science for the Carpathians – connects scientists in Central Europe, defines research priorities for the region and enhances international collaboration with partners from outside the Carpathians. It was established in 2008 with the following objectives: Develop and implement the „Research Agenda for the Carpathians“ Promote research coordination and collaborations across disciplines and national boundaries Advocate for a Carpathian research area towards pan-Carpathian research Facilitate the development of peer-reviewed papers and synthesis articles Foster dialogue between research, policy and practice Dominik Kaim (PhD), a geographer at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, coordinates the communications of the S4C network. His main field of interest is historical land use analysis.
Heidi Steltzer is an associate professor of biology at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2009 from Colorado State University (CSU), where she was a research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Steltzer was a researcher in CSU’s Department of Forestry. Dr. Steltzer is an active environmental science scholar who collaborates with colleagues from around the country as well as students to investigate a range of environmental issues that impact both science and society.
Manuel Peralvo is a researcher at the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecorregion (CONDESAN). Manuel is a geographer and has 15 years of experience in the study of coupled human-environmental systems in the Andean region. His main areas of interest are related to the the integration of GIScience, remote sensing, and social science tools to support processes of natural resource governance at different scales. Manuel currently coordinates the research component of a regional Andean Forest Program financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by CONDESAN and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in the seven countries of the Andean arc.
Giova is a researcher at the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Cuenca (UoC) in Ecuador. He is currently conducting a MS in Water Sciences at Oregon State University in the USA, and has already started working his PhD studies in the project “Quantification of functional hydro-biogeochemical indicators in Ecuadorian ecosystems and their reaction on global change” in cooperation between the UoC and the University of Giessen in Germany. His research focuses on the identification of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in mountainous ecosystems and their response to land use disturbances and climate change and variability. Since 2012 he has been investigating the ecohydrology of high-elevation páramo ecosystems in southern Ecuador, and now he will extend his research to other lower-elevation ecosystems through his PhD work.
Steve is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, near the southern limit of the boreal forest. His research background has focused on geographic range limits of trees, as well as environmental change in continuous and discontinuous permafrost zones. He is broadly interested in treeline communities, focusing on demographics and growth along environmental gradients.
I am a post-doctoral researcher at Rhodes University in South Africa, and am passionate about natural landscapes, particularly southern Africa's Great Escarpment, the Highveld grasslands, and coastal & island environments. As a botanist and mountain ecologist, my research takes me to interesting places in southern Africa where very little scientific biodiversity research has been conducted. (Surprisingly for most people, these places are not necessarily 'remote': in South Africa this can mean a short drive to your nearest mountain...). The biodiversity research I am involved in is used to assist conservation-based decisions, landowners, and other forms of research (e.g. systematics and climate change). This research is particularly important as the Great Escarpment produces the majority of our fresh water (think Gauteng) and hosts a large proportion of our unique plants and animals.
Julie McKnight is watershed scientist whose research connects upland soils, surface water systems, and land use through the study of interactions between physical and biogeochemical processes. Her current research focuses on assessing hydrologic feedbacks on soil carbon cycle processes in wetlands in the southeastern Unites States and the high altitude páramo grasslands of Ecuador. Earlier research in Mexico and the Great Basin region of the western United States included water quality and land health assessments that were used to inform decision making processes. Future research will continue to assess of land use and land management in surface water and soil biogeochemical processes and will also include the investigation of the effects of climate change on these processes.
Birgit Habermann is a Research Fellow and Post doc at the Centre for Development Research at BOKU University in Vienna, Austria. She specializes in social research issues in natural resource management in mountain areas, with a focus on the Ethiopian Highlands. She did a Masters in Ecology and in Agroforestry, and earned her PhD at Sussex University at the Institute of Development Studies.
Macarena Bustamante is an economist and researcher in CONDESAN, a NGO promoting sustainable development in the Andes. She has 8 years of experience working with local communities and governments promoting incentives for conservation, enhancing sustainable financing and fostering environmental governance.
Derek Martin is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southern Appalachia. His research interests are in fluvial geomorphology, particularly channel form, sediment mobility, and response to changing land use and climate in mountain environments. His research has taken place in the Ozarks of southern Missouri, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, and most recently, the Andes of Southern Ecuador.
Dr. Julia Klein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability and with the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University (CSU). Her work focuses on resilience and adaptation of social-ecological systems to global change in mountain and pastoral systems worldwide. Dr. Klein has worked for almost 20 years studying climate change, extreme weather events and grazing policies on the Tibetan Plateau. She is the lead PI of the Mountain Sentinels collaborative Network, an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network focused on transdisciplinary approaches to mountain social-ecological system sustainability. She was a Fellow with the NOAA Global Change Program and the NCAR/UCAR Visiting Scientist Program. Her work has been published in top-level journals, including Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has given policy-relevant talks related to mountains at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP20 meeting in Peru and has also been part of an Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group for the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. She is an Associate Editor for Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research and a member of the Scientific Leadership Committee of the Mountain Research Initiative. Dr. Klein teaches courses on ecosystem ecology,…
Matthew Prebble is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific. He studies human impact on island environments; microbotanical and macrobotanical remains; palynology; ancient plant DNA, sediment stratigraphy, taphonomy, 14C AMS dating of pollen and phytolith concentrates; Indo-Pacific history, ethnobotany, environmental history and plant biogeography; environmental restoration.
Carissa is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Superior and the heart of the boreal forest. Not surprisingly, her research background has emphasized boreal forest systems, particularly at the northern and southern edges of its distribution. She is broadly interested in plant species and communities at the edge of their range, focusing on the direct and indirect effects of climate change on species' distributions.
Courtney G. Flint is an associate professor of Natural Resource Sociology at Utah State University. Her current research explores perceived values and vulnerabilities related to natural resources in communities and landscapes, particularly regarding water sustainability in the Intermountain West. She enjoys international collaboration around human-nature relationships and mountain landscape governance and serves as vice-chair of the US EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors’ Sustainable and Healthy Communities Committee.
Jörg Balsiger is a professor at the University of Geneva and studies international and comparative environmental politics and policy, regional environmental governance and sustainable mountain development.
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Angela Perez-Andrade is the Director of Environmental Policy at CI-Colombia and also serves as the Vice President of the Global Commission on Ecosystem Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008.
I’m a glaciologist, geomorphologist and climate scientist. My research focuses on understanding the relationship between glaciers and climate in order to better understand how the climate system works and how it might change in the future. I’ve worked in the Nepalese Himalaya, mainland Norway, the European Alps, the Queen Elizabeth Islands of Arctic Canada, Svalbard, Alaska, the Andes of Northern Chile, and the mountains of East Africa. I’m interested in understanding more about environmental change and specifically how it will affect sustainability of ecosystems and populations. As the scientific understanding becomes deeper, simplistic solutions seem less realistic and there is an increasing need to engage many interest groups to respond in the best possible way. At the same time, advances in our understanding seem to cause many people frustration as understanding the implications of this growing knowledge base becomes ever-harder to grasp quickly and easily. What I like most about working in academia is that it not only puts me at the cutting edge of the science, but also provides a great opportunity to communicate findings to students and the wider public. Centre for Climate and Cryosphere | Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics | Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Selene Báez is an Associate Researcher to the Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sustentable de la Ecoregión Andina (CONDESAN). Her experience lies in the field of plant community, with emphasis on plant-animal interactions, and the effects of climate change on plant community diversity and dynamics. She has conducted research in various ecological systems of Ecuador and North America that has lead to various scientific publications. Currently her work explores how Andean forests and high altitude grasslands are responding to environmental changes. Some of her research links aspects of biodiversity with human dimensions, including ethnobotany and economic botany. She has received various awards provided by the National Science Foundation from the USA, the Secretaría Nacional para la Investigación, Ciencia y Tecnología from Ecuador, and a Young Researcher Award from the National Geographic Society. Selene obtained her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, USA, and held a postdoctoral position at the University of Florida, USA.
Björn Alfthan is the Programme Leader for the Polar and Mountain Environments Programme at GRID-Arendal. His interests are in communicating science in accessible formats to policy makers and other audiences. His current activities include the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), where he leads a number of communication and dissemination activities, including developing integrated assessments on topics ranging from water to food security. He holds an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Biology from Imperial College.
Carlos Quiroz Dahik
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Carlos Quiroz Dahik is now in his second year of a PhD at the Technical University of Munich. He is researching the impacts of pine plantations in the páramo ecosystem of southern Ecuador. He has a master in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management from the University of Göttingen. Carlos has worked for many years as a naturalist guide in Ecuador, sharing nature with visitors from many places. He likes to transmit the powerful presence of Mother Nature and enjoys spending his time outdoors.
CH-AT Mountain Alliance
CH-AT is the Swiss Austrian Alliance for mountain research. CH-AT was founded in 2012 in order to develop and strenghten bilateral projects and other activities in the Swiss and Austrian mountains. CH-AT is also lobbying for a better inclusion of mountain research with the European funding agencies, thus strengthening the role of European mountain research.
Jill was born and raised originally in Vermont (USA) and is a citizen of both the United States and Canada. She first developed an interest in northern ecosystems when studying at Middlebury College with Dr. Bill Howland in the early 1990's. After completing a M.Sc. degree in arctic plant ecology at UBC with Dr. Greg Henry, Jill spent 10 years living and working in the Yukon and Alaska. During this time, she completed a Ph.D. on boreal forest ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with Dr. F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin, III. Jill started up the Northern Plant Ecology Lab at the University of Saskatchewan in 2006. She continues to head north up to the present day.
Daniel Van Rooijen
Dr. Daniel Van Rooijen is a post-doctoral scientist at the International Water Management Institute, based at the regional office for East Africa and the Nile Basin. Daniel holds a PhD degree in urban water and sanitation engineering from Loughborough University in the UK. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Land and Water Management with a specialisation in Irrigation and Water Engineering from Wageningen University and a Bachelor’s degree in Aquatic Eco-technology from Zeeland University, both in the Netherlands. His PhD research focused on the impact of urban water use on agriculture and the environment up- and downstream of large cities in developing countries.
The main research interest is the study of the climate system and Earth-System processes and interactions, with a specific focus on the current and future evolution of the hydrological cycle and precipitation in mountain regions, and on the study of the Elevation-Dependent Warming mechanisms. This activity is performed through the analysis of both observations and data from global and regional climate models. I am interested in the application of climate downscaling methods, particularly devised for precipitation, and on upscaling techniques. These activities are performed in collaboration with hydrological/impact modellers with several national and international projects or initiatives. I have experience in the development and use of diagnostic tools to compare data from climate models and observations. In the past I developed and used radiative transfer models for the analysis of atmospheric trace gases measured by means of remote sensing techniques. Interest areas Study of the climate system, earth system interactions and climate variability; particular focus on the hydrological cycle in the mountain environments.
Tanaka KENTA is an Associate Professor in the Sugadaira Montane Research Center at the University of Tsukuba. He specializes in the ecology and population biology of plants, particularly plant's regeneration and adaptation in environmental variation, exploiting approaches both of molecular biology and of fieldworks such as mountain and tree climbing. He earned his PhD at the Kyoto University and worked as a postdoc in Hokkaido University and Sheffield University before joining the University of Tsukuba.
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