Reflections on Mountain Day at the American Association of Geographers

By Cara Steger   --  Our second annual Mountain Day took place on April 5, 2019 at the American Association of Geographer’s Annual Meeting. We had a full day of presentations and small group discussions around “Mountain Futures” that stretched across countries, continents, and academic disciplines, and we continued the conversation over tasty snacks and [...]

By |2019-10-02T21:50:57-07:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog|

Avalanches, earthquakes, protests …. and cherry blossoms??

We recently experienced the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere.  Yet, here in Colorado, the mountains are still blanketed in deep, life-sustaining snow.  We also recently witnessed what has been called an “historic-sized avalanche” and a “landscape-changing event” in the Colorado Rockies, with an avalanche occurring just outside of Aspen that was over a mile [...]

By |2019-03-29T21:44:33-07:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog|

Thinking Mountains Interdisciplinary Summit Brings Together Diverse People and Programs around Shared Concerns for Mountains

In the midst of an early October snowstorm, academics, practitioners, writers and educators made their way to the famous northern town of Banff, nestled in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Some people made it to Banff before the snows began.  Others, like me, got stuck on the highway for an hour or so as trucks [...]

By |2019-03-27T09:10:01-07:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog|

Mtn Clim Reflection: Anticipating Climate Change Impacts in Mountains

By Isabella Oleksy  --  Many mountainous regions are warming faster than the global average, including the western United States. Ecosystems are changing in response to multiple environmental stressors such as drought, beetle outbreaks, dust deposition, and changing snowpack, some of which are exacerbated by climate anomalies and global change in general. Disentangling the effects of natural [...]

By |2018-12-05T01:53:13-07:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog|

New Insights from the Montane Forests of Western Cameroon

By Dr Aida Cuni-Sanchez --   I was recently in the Cameroon Highlands to collect data on the socio-ecological functioning of mountain ecosystems, for the AFRISKYFOR project, funded by EU. The Cameroon Highlands contain tropical montane forests internationally renowned for their rich flora and high levels of endemism, combined with high degrees of threats (e.g. [...]

By |2018-07-11T04:36:22-07:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog|

Mountains in Louisiana? Reflections on AAG 2018

By Dr. Jessica Thorn and Cara Steger --   In April 2018, the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) attracted approximately 8,500 researchers, GIS specialists, industry professionals, authors, and other leaders in geography from around the globe. We convened to present and receive feedback on the latest scholarship, learn about current methods [...]

Building Resilience in the Hindu Kush Himalaya and Beyond

By Kanchan Shrestha   -- In December 2017, a few days before International Mountain Day, over 400 experts from around the globe gathered in Kathmandu to call for a resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). The HKH, one of the most fragile regions of the world, holds significant natural and socio-economic resources that are critical for [...]

By |2018-03-17T07:25:10-07:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog|

Program on Ecosystem Change and Society Open Science Conference

By Catherine Tucker -- In early November, I had the privilege of attending the second conference of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECSii) in Oaxaca City, Mexico. For many reasons, the conference ranked among the best I have ever attended. The setting itself encompasses many of the challenges facing mountains and other social-ecological [...]

By |2018-03-07T14:55:42-07:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog, Uncategorized|

Up Wait Creek Without a Pilot

As winter solstice is upon us and darkness hovers in the far north and south, Chris Cosgrove, PhD student at Oregon State University and Early Career Mountain Sentinels member, shares his zany fieldwork experiences from the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska from earlier in the year. Up Wait Creek Without a Pilot “… Doable but a [...]

Human Needs & Wildlife Management: Pathways 2017

* By Aida Cuni-Sanchez * Between the 17th to 20th September,  the Pathways Conference 2017 took place at the Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado, USA. ‘Pathways to Success: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management’ was an international gathering of over 270 scientists, NGOs, and government agencies, from 20 countries. The theme of the [...]

By |2018-07-31T15:09:34-07:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Conferences and Events, Home Page Featured, Mountain Sentinels Blog|