Transforming Science to Address Mountain Sustainability Challenges

We are working with researchers and non-researchers from mountains around the world to explore “Best Practices for Transdisciplinary Research and Practice in the Mountains”.   Our colleague Dr. Sandra Lavorel from CNRS in Grenoble France hosted our workshop on this topic, at which we developed a conceptual model for collaborative environmental work and developed a survey (in English, French, Spanish and Chinese) and shared this with those working on collaborative environmental projects worldwide.  We are about to submit this for publication, and are really excited about this work and its results.  We are waiting to publish the paper before we post it here, with accompanying figures, tables and a non-researcher toolbox and manual.  Please check back at the end of summer 2020 for more information about this work, in which we support transforming science into an endeavor known as “Science with Society”.

We are also implementing this practice on the ground.  Below is a new 2020 publication, by Mountain Sentinels early career scientist, Dr. Cara Steger.  Dr. Steger’s PhD work implemented a “Science with Society” approach.  Below is a paper where knowledge co-production (local knowledge + novel remote sensing technique to address cloud cover in the mountains) led to enhanced understanding of environmental change in the highlands of Ethiopia.

You can download the paper here:  Steger_etal_2019

Richard Bonet, Ecrins National Park, France
Tsechoe Dorji, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Gordon Grant, US Forest Service US
Greg Greenwood, Mountain Research Initiative, Switzerland
Jose Jesus Herrerías, Cultural Center of Abla Municipality, France
Kelly Hopping, Stanford University USA
Robert Huber, Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow & Landscape Switzerland
Karim-Aly Saleh Kassam, Cornell University USA
Julia Klein, Colorado State University USA
David Kreuer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Germany
Sandra Lavorel, CNRS, France
Mohamed Mahdi, National School of Agriculture, Meknès, Morocco
Robert Marchant, University of York UK
Berta Martin-Lopez, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford UK
Martha Moreno, ESNACIFOR, Siguatepeque, Honduras
Anne Nolin, Oregon State University USA
Robin Reid, Colorado State University USA
Aaron J.M. Russell, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia
Mateja Smid, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia
Cara Elizabeth Steger, Colorado State University USA
Catherine Tucker, University of Florida USA
Daniel Waiswa, Makerere University, Uganda

Interested in getting involved?