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Dead end for endemic plant species? A biodiversity hotspot under pressure
Dead end for endemic plant species? A biodiversity hotspot under pressure
The soil microbiome of GLORIA mountain summits in the Swiss Alps
A transnational perspective of global and regional ecosystem service flows from and to mountain regions
ENSO and NAO affect long‐term leaf litter dynamics and stoichiometry of Scots pine and European beech mixedwoods
Woody vegetation dynamics in the tropical and subtropical Andes from 2001 to 2014: Satellite image interpretation and expert validation
Rapid changes in eastern Himalayan alpine flora with climate change
Mountain plant communities: Uncertain sentinels?
Range contraction to a higher elevation: the likely future of the montane vegetation in South Africa and Lesotho
Alpine plant community responses to climate warming
Climate–land-use interactions shape tropical mountain biodiversity and ecosystem functions
Catalyzing transformations to sustainability in the world's mountains
Extinction risks of a Mediterranean neo-endemism complex of mountain vipers triggered by climate change
Effects of climate change on alpine plants and their pollinators
Tropical mountains as natural laboratories to study global changes: a long-term ecological research project in a megadiverse biodiversity hotspot
The association between a nurse cushion plant and a cluster‐root bearing tree species alters the plant community structure
Himalaya on the threshold of change
Seedling survival at timberlines critical to conifer mountain forest elevation and extent
Soil protist diversity in the Swiss western Alps is betterpredicted by topo-climatic than by edaphic variables
Archaeorhizomycetes spatial distribution in soils along wide elevational and environmental gradients reveal co-abundance patterns with other fungal saprobes and potential weathering capacities
Genetic diversity in frogs linked to past and future climate change on the roof of the world
Low-quality dwarf-shrub litter negatively affects the fitness of Alpine earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus Hoffmeister, 1843; Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae)
A minimalist model of extinction and range dynamics of virtual mountain species driven by warming temperatures
One plus one is greater than two: mixing litter types accelerates decomposition of low-quality alpine dwarf shrub litter
The roles of geography, climate and sexual selection in driving divergence among insect populations on mountaintops
Climate and land-use changes reshuffle politically-weighted priority areas of mountain biodiversity
Spatial modelling of soil water holding capacity improves models of plant distributions in mountain landscapes
No high Tibetan Plateau until the Neogene
Elevational richness patterns of sphingid moths support area effects over climatic drivers in a near‐global analysis
Leaving No One in Mountains Behind: Localizing the SDGs for resilience of mountain people and ecosystems
Modelling bat distributions and diversity in a mountain landscape using focal predictors in ensemble of small models
Mapping ecosystem services bundles in a heterogeneous mountain region
Mustering the power of ecosystems for adaptation to climate change
Biodiversity research trends and gaps from the confluence of three global biodiversity hotspots in the far-eastern Himalaya
Impact of ski piste management on mountain grassland ecosystems in the Southern Alps
Declining population trends of European mountain birds
Socio-economic valuation of abandonment and intensification of Alpine agroecosystems and associated ecosystem services
Floristic diversity and composition of the Biteyu forest in the Gurage mountain chain (Ethiopia): implications for forest conservation
Mountain grassland restoration: Effects of sowing rate, climate and soil on plant density and cover
Treeline composition and biodiversity change on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau during the past millennium, inferred from a high-resolution alpine pollen record
Multi-risk assessment in mountain regions: A review of modelling approaches for climate change adaptation
Highlands in transition: urbanization, pastoralism, mining, tourism, and wildlife in the Argentinian Puna
The impacts of geographic, soil and climatic factors on plant diversity, biomass and their relationships of the alpine dry ecosystems: Cases from the Aerjin Mountain Nature Reserve, China
Disentangling elevational richness: a multi-scale hierarchical Bayesian occupancy model of Colorado ant communities
Effect of protection status on mammal richness and abundance in Afromontane forests of the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania
Impacts of land use policy on the recovery of mountain catchments from acidification
Environmental and socio-economic resources at the landscape level – Potentials for sustainable land use in the Georgian Greater Caucasus
GMBA is joining the Half-Earth Project and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation in celebrating E.O. Wilson’s 90th Birthday today! For his birthday, in his honor, and for the future of our planet, give the gift of species data! Click here to share your data...
The World Biodiversity Forum organizers are now accepting proposals for thematic sessions and interactive workshops. Sessions should cut across disciplines, cover a diversity of perspectives and visions and address current topics in novel ways. Deadline for submission: 21.07.2019. Read more…
L'Institut des Sciences de l'Environnement et son Pôle de Gouvernance de l'environnement et de développement territorial ouvre une inscription pour un poste d'Assistant A2. Il s'agit d'un poste à 70% comprenant des fonctions d'assistanat, d'enseignement et la réalisation d'une thèse de doctorat à la Faculté des Sciences de la Société portant sur le développement durable des régions de montagne, à l'échelle locale, régionale ou transnationale, au Nord comme au Sud. Read more...and apply before 17.05.2019
First periodic update from the MIREN-network. Great summary of all the ongoing projects and open opportunities to participate to ongoing projects on invasion biology in mountains! Read more...
The Caucasus Mountain Forum 2019 will be held 30 October – 2 November in Ankara, Turkey. Contributions are invited on topics broadly related to sustainable mountain development and the Caucasus Research Agenda. The submission deadline for abstracts is 30 June. Read more...
It is now possible to upload occurrence as well as inventory data directly online! Map of Life’s online tool is designed to help you easily load your biodiversity data to the Map of Life and Mountain Portal database, map them, compare and integrate them with other datasets, set permissions to share them publicly for use in other platforms, and publish them with a minted DOI. Try the tool with your own data!
To complete its team, the Spatial Ecology group at the University of Lausanne (ECOSPAT lab), Switzerland, invites applications for a post-doc position in spatial modelling in ecology and biogeography. Deadline for application: 24.05.2019. Read more...
To complete its team, the Spatial Ecology group at the University of Lausanne (ECOSPAT lab), Switzerland, invites applications for a post-doc position in soil microbial biogeography and spatial modelling. Deadline for application: 24.05.2019. Read more...
To complete its team, the Spatial Ecology group at the University of Lausanne (ECOSPAT lab), Switzerland, invites applications for a PhD position in soil microbial biogeography and spatial modelling. Deadline for application: 24.05.2019. Read more...
To complete its team, the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamic of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne (Switzerland) invites applications for a PhD position in spatial planning for biodiversity conservation. Deadline for application: 18.05.2019. Read more...
Future Earth posted a blog that we wrote about our PEGASuS Project entitled "Toward biodiversity-related opportunities for sustainable development: a global social-ecological mountain comparison". Enjoy the read...
Mountain biodiversity provides billions of people with vital ecosystem services and sources of livelihoods. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that present validated insights into ways of managing mountain (agro)biodiversity so that it contributes to human wellbeing; that analyze interlinkages between mountain biodiversity, global change, ecosystems, and people; or that offer evidence-informed agendas for research or policymaking. The deadline for abstracts has been extended to 22 April!
The registration for the 2019 African ESP conference on the Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Wellbeing in Africa is open. In 10 sessions, and several keynotes, delegates will discuss the role of ecosystems services (or Nature’s Contributions to People) in nature conservation, landscape restoration and sustainable management in Africa. The conference will take place in Kpalimé, Togo, 17-20 June 2019.
To complete its team, the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamic of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne (Switzerland) invites applications for a PhD position in spatial planning for biodiversity conservation.
On 10-12 May 2019, the Western Caspian University will hold an international conference entitled "Mountains: Cultures, Landscapes and Biodiversity" in Baku, Azerbaijan. The objective of the conference is to bring together academics, environmentalists, biologists, tourism experts and other interested professionals in order to discuss issues of biodiversity and people in mountains and to find new and creative solutions to the problems that are increasingly destabilizing many of the world’s most impressive regions. Read more...
A significant proportion of the global population depends on goods and services provided by mountain regions, including fresh water, raw materials, and recreation. However, mountain regions all over the world are facing multiple challenges due to environmental and socio-economic changes with related impacts on human livelihood, economy, and ecosystems. This Special Issue therefore aims at addressing important knowledge gaps focusing on basic understanding of ecological functions and its drivers of change in mountain landscapes as well as on societal trends in and outside mountain regions to be able to cope with future challenges. A particular focus is set on protected areas that are interested in the management and the preservation of the biodiversity and the landscapes, through scientific research, environmental education, and the promotion and the development of sustainable tourism. Submission deadline: 30 November 2019. Read more...
The Institute of Botany, Department of Functional Ecology from Trebon, Czech Republic, organizes the 3rd course Go belowground! (not only for PhD students) from 15 to 21 September 2019. The course will focus on the theoretical background and the practical assessment of functional traits of belowground plant organs in temperate herbs. This includes the description and analysis of clonal, bud bank, and other plant life–history traits using methods of plant morphology, architecture and anatomy. Read more...
The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment (Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People) is the first comprehensive assessment made in the Hindu Kush Himalaya by more than 240 scientist covering various thematic areas and published by Springer nature. The process followed was of International standard such as IPBES and IPCC. The book is available in open access. Read more...
The IMC summer school is dedicated to PhD-students in the fields of Mountain Biology, Mountain Hazards and Mountain Tourism. It is offered in conjunction with and prior to the International Mountain Conference 2019 to provide PhD-students with extended possibilities to discuss their research in detail with fellow students (first part) and experts (second part). In contrast to classical summer schools, a strong focus is put on peer-to-peer interactions to facilitate and encourage networking among the PhD students that they can capitalize on in their future research careers. The summer school is an excellent preparation for the subsequent conference which the students are very much encouraged to attend. Read more...
The ECMs are scientific meetings where researchers from Europe and other countries informally discuss about the ecology, biogeography, and evolution of carabid beetles. The central topic of the 19th edition, which will take place September 16th-20th in Diera di Primiero (Dolomites), Italy, is "Carabids in extreme environments". Read more...
Mountain biodiversity provides billions of people with vital ecosystem services and sources of livelihoods. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that present validated insights into ways of managing mountain (agro)biodiversity so that it contributes to human wellbeing; that analyze interlinkages between mountain biodiversity, global change, ecosystems, and people; or that offer evidence-informed agendas for research or policymaking. Abstracts are due by 30 March 2019, full papers by 16 August 2019.
Submissions of high-quality chapters (each between 10 and 20 pages) focusing on changing mountain environments in response to climate change and/or land use change are invited. The book is designed as an interdisciplinary publication which critically evaluates developments in mountains of the world with contributions from both social and natural sciences. Manuscripts may include empirical research, literature reviews, and evaluations of previously published research papers of single scholars or working groups. Deadline for expressions of interest: 15.02.2019.
The VULPES project of the Belmont Forum has collaborated in organizing the upcoming International Conference on Past Plant Diversity, Climate Change and Mountain Conservation that will be held in Ecuador, 11-15 March 2019. This international conference aims to evaluate the impact of climate change on mountain species, including analyses of montane systems globally and at scales ranging from communities to the gene. Deadline for abstract submission: 05.02.2019.
Four papers present opportunities and challenges for sustainable food systems worldwide and in Nepal, Pakistan, and Ladakh. Others explore the contribution of caterpillar fungus to livelihoods in India, the economics of walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan, dwarf pine cover in Slovakia, bacteriological characteristics of drinking water in Nepal, the impact of changing glacier conditions on mountaineering in New Zealand and of ski tourism on wildlife in Poland, and land use dynamics in the Argentinian puna.
The University of Geneva and GRID-Geneva are proud to announce the third edition of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) called «Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment». This CAS aims at providing attendees with a good understanding and practical skills on the various open source geographic and environmental tools together with approaches to tackle environmental challenges and sustainability.
The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) invites the mountain research community to submit applications for synthesis workshops funding that cover at least one of three categories: (1) IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6); (2) Science in support of global policy agendas and UN conventions; and (3) Open thematic call. The deadline for proposals is 31 January 2019. Read more...
SANDEE invites research concept notes in any area of environmental and resource economics relating to the development of South Asia and the HKH. Of particular interest are concept notes that demonstrate a clear demand from policymakers for their underlying research, although any concept note within the scope of SANDEE for research of scientific merit will be considered. Read more...
An important role for GMBA is to connect mountain biodiversity scientists. For that purpose, we have developed an online tool for the query of our database of members. The beta version is now online! Check it out!
Abstract submission for the 2019 International Mountain Conference, Innsbruck, 8-12.09.2019, is now open. The conference aims to build upon the three previous mountain conferences that took place in Perth, Scotland, continuing this special scientific conference series with a focus on mountain-specific topics. Hosted in the Alps, the IMC 2019 will provide an excellent opportunity for experts from different disciplines to come together and discuss mountain-related issues. Read more...
The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU) is looking for outstanding post-graduate students to contribute to its multi-disciplinary research on southern African mountains, especially the Maloti-Drakensberg. The ARU focuses its research into (1) Conservation & Sustainable Use of Afromontane Biodiversity, (2) Living & Doing Business in Afromontane Environments, (3) Sustainable Futures for the People of the Afromontane. Prospective students are welcome to submit applications for bursaries for 2019, for consideration as part of the current suite of projects. Read more...
During the past months, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) in close collaboration with GMBA has developed an interactive webportal for the query and visualization of information about indigenous mountain communities worldwide. Read more...
GMBA is looking for a post-doctoral fellow to contribute to an interdisciplinary and international effort towards a better understanding of the specific challenges associated with the sustainable management and conservation of mountain biodiversity (SDG 15.4) in the context of competing development goals, limited resources, and complex governance structures. Deadline: 15.11.2018. Read more...
Topics are: the foresight process as a means of effective conservation in a national reserve in Peru, local perception of a dam project in Darjeeling, regeneration patterns of key tree species in Garhwal, water-holding of forest litter in China, the role of Acacia decurrens in Ethiopia, a high-resolution map of the world’s mountains and open access tool to compare mountain extents, and immigration of refugees to the European Alps as social innovation.
The university of Tartu (Estonia) is launching DarkDivNet, a global network studying dark diversity. The main idea is to sample plant and soil species diversity in disturbed and undisturbed sites and compare with the total regional diversity. Read more...
Building on its Microclimate Project, MIREN is launching SoilTemp, a global database of soil temperature datasets and associated species community data. If you have soil temperature data (or are interested to collect such data), you are very welcome to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more...
The call for sessions for the 2019 African ESP conference on the Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Wellbeing in Africa is open. GMBA is encouraging ESP members and others to submit proposals for sessions on mountain ecosystems! The conference will take place in Kpalimé (Togo), February 4-8, 2019. Deadline for submitting a session proprosal: 15 September 2018. Read the full call...
There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the University of Bergen’s Department of Biological Sciences within the Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group. This position is part of the European Research Council funded project Humans on Planet Earth – Long-term impacts on biosphere dynamics (HOPE). The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties in the Department). Read more...
The Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research of the University of Vienna is looking to fill a 4.5 year post-doc position with a candidated interested in various aspects of biogeography, macroecology, global change biology, ecological modelling, invasion biology, landscape ecology or related fields. Deadline: 30.09.2018. Read more...
The Afromontane Research Unit at the University of the Free State, South Africa is advertising a Post-Doctoral Fellowship focusing on plant diversity & endemism in African mountains and related concepts around ecological and historical biogeography. In addition to the academic research commitments, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to be exposed to the wide range of mountain-related activities being driven by the ARU. Deadline: 30.09.2018. Read more...
The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and the Afromontane Research Unit (ARU; based on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State) are calling for comprehensive expressions of interest from suitable candidates for a National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Coupled Human-Natural Systems in Montane Environments. Application deadline is 30.09.2018. Read more...
Mountain communities are undergoing rapid sociocultural change, caused by drivers such as outmigration, urbanization, and increasing insertion into the market economy. Mountain cultural heritage is under threat. But communities are responding in creative ways. How can we ensure that culture is a source of creativity and empowerment, that it constitutes the roots upon which a global ethics can grow, and that it helps bridge the divides between the individual and the communitarian? Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that address these questions and others. Notices of intent are due by 30 September 2018, full papers by 1 February 2019.
The award recognizes innovations, uses, and applications in Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICTD) that help promote mountain development and environmental conservation. All forms of ICT relevant to mountain development and environmental conservation are eligible for submission but applications must have been applied in the HKH region and have made an impact on the ground. The award(s) will be announced on the occasion of International Mountain Day on 11 December 2018. Deadline: 30.11.2018. Click on the news to learn more...
Papers explore self-governed small-scale irrigation in Tajikistan; how Kenyan commercial horticulture affects water resources; the impact of extensive grazing on forest soils in Mexico; how mining restoration measures influence vegetation in Peru; human impact on vascular plants in Ethiopia; the impact of climate change on treelines in Nepal; and how climate warming affects snow availability in a ski area in New Hampshire, USA.
The Instituto de Ecología Regional (CONICET) is looking for a post-doctoral fellow to work for two years on the Anthropocene in the Northwest of Argentina (NWA): definition of socio-ecoregions of the NWA and socio-ecological study for participatory decision-making; the Puna as a case study. Read more...
The World Mountain Forum (WMF) aims at providing a timely space for policy-makers, scientists, and practitioners to share experiences and best practices, and develop integrated solutions to existing challenges to sustainable development in mountain regions. The WMF 2018 programme includes high-level segments for leaders and dignitaries, plenary and keynote presentations, debate panels, parallel sessions on four core thematic issues (outlined below), and field trips. Click on this news to get to the programme draft and submit your contribution by 29.07.2018!
The Mountain Sentinels collaborative network (mountainsentinels.org) is working to understand the most important activities and the most significant barriers to success common across collaborative research projects worldwide. They developed a survey to gather insights from both researchers and practitioners with collaborative experience across all systems (not just mountains). Click on this news to take the survey!
A postdoc position is opened in Spatial ecology & Biogeography in my ECOSPAT group at the University of Lausanne, to be started on 1st November 2018. Application deadline is June 30th. The candidate is expected to have very good skills in modelling and spatial analyses with R. Click on this news item to find out more about this position.
For three weeks in 2017, Michele Menegon and his colleagues explored the Kabobo massif, discovering an unprecedented biodiversity. Click on this news to follow them along the way up one of the most spectacular and pristine massif of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
GMBA is carrying out a first coarse assessment of the state of, trends in, and relations between biodiversity, ecosystem services, human wellbeing, and direct drivers in the world's mountains. Please click here to take our survey and share your knowledge about the mountain social-ecological system(s) you are working on! It will take you roughly 40 minutes to answer the questions and share the survey link with your colleagues scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners. We thank you for your contribution and are looking forward to receiving your answers by 31.05.2018!
Papers analyze gender-inclusive value chain development in Nepal, the impact of Swiss policy to maintain high-mountain pasturing, cultivation of an endangered runner bean in Italy, an intercropping experiment in Thailand, Bhutanese herders’ perceptions of climatic changes, the introduction of non-native plants by tourists in a Chinese national park, plant functional groups in grassland in the Georgian Caucasus, and large-scale mapping of arid regions in river valleys in southwestern China.
The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU) and Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS)’s Qwaqwa Campus, in association with various invasion research partners, is advertising for a PhD Candidate to work on the invasion ecology of the South American Tussock Grasses (Nassella) in southern Africa. Application deadline is May 15th. Click on this news item to find out more about this position.
The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary teams to develop evidence-based solutions to challenges at the intersection of nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being, using a synthesis research approach. The deadline is June 6th, 2018. More details can be found in the Request for Proposals by clicking on this news item.
Robert Mills at Lancaster University is making the first global assessment of the response of alpine soil microbial communities to perturbations associated with climate extremes, using proximate controls (e.g. microhabitat, microbial community structure, soil organic matter quality, vegetation structure) as well as broader-scale controls (e.g. bioclimatic zone, geological attributes) to explain variance. All he needs are soil samples from mountain regions. If you are interested in participating, click on this news for more information.
The call for abstracts for Mountains 2018, to be held from 10 to 14 December 2018 in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, is open. Mountains 2018 will be organized along two segments: the III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Environments on 10-12 December; and the II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions on 12-14 December. The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 May 2018. Click on the news to learn more about the conference.
The objective of the focus grants is to foster regional collaboration in higher education research and training in and for sustainable mountain development. Institutional grant proposals are expected to focus on any of the nexuses among the thematic areas of Climate Change Sciences and Adaptation Measures: Water, Ecosystems, Landuse, Air Quality, Gender, Migration, Food, etc.. Applying (leading) institutions must be one of HUC’s Full Members and involve relevant expertise from research institutions in Switzerland. Click on the news to read more about the call
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) opened a call for pre-proposals on the role of ecosystem services in adaptation to global change for human wellbeing. The IAI will fund international collaborative research networks for 2 years. Click on the news to read more about the call. Deadline for submission is 27.05.2018.
MIREN (the Mountain Invasion Research Network) is calling on mountain scientists to join their global Trail Survey this summer! The aim is to study the spread of global plant invaders along mountain trails to figure out where and how fast these species are traveling.
Participation is easy: just walk a mountain trail and use your GPS or smartphone to submit observations of the plant species of interest.
Click on this news to get more information and contact MIREN if you are interested to participate: email@example.com.
The second Mountain Futures Conference will take place in China’s Yunnan province, against the backdrop of the famous Hani rice terraces in Honghe and the rapidly growing city of Kunming. Abstract submission is still open until 23.03! Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to shape the future of the Mountain Futures Initiative and to share knowledge and ideas with a range of researchers and representatives from mountain regions around the world. For late comers, please contact the organizers: firstname.lastname@example.org!
The research facility Eurac Research in Bozen/Bolzano is recruiting a PhD candidate in soil ecology. The project aims at assessing land-use effects (management practices, application of manure) on soil macro-invertebrates in the European Alps and at evaluating implications for ecosystem service provision. Deadline for application is 27.04.2018. Read more...
The University of Geneva and GRID-Geneva are proud to announce the second edition of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) called «Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment». This CAS aims at providing attendees with an overview of the various existing tools and approaches to tackle the multidisciplinary environmental challenges. The first module is a MOOC about ecosystem services, followed by a second module presenting different tools linked to Spatial Data Infrastructures, Web Mapping, statistics and programming, as well as specific thematic tools and approaches commonly used to address issues in biodiversity, ecosystem services or water resources.