Rocky mountain high science teaching, research, and nature at field stations

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Abstract

Are there field sites where scientists can produce knowledge about global environments in one place? Today, field scientists often go into the mountains to study the effects of global climate change. It is on mountaintop biological islands that the devastating effects of climatic warming are often felt the earliest, since plants and animals adapted to such places usually have nowhere to go. Even when the effects are less dramatic than (local or global) species extinction, mountain environments are often considered especially sensitive to changes in the global climate.1 The use of mountain stations for long-term climate change research reveals how particular local field sites can illuminate critical global environmental problems. Yet using mountains as places for fieldwork on global environments is far from new: the promoters of Rocky Mountain field stations promulgated such a vision in the early twentieth century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKnowing Global Environments
Subtitle of host publicationNew Historical Perspectives on the Field Sciences
PublisherRutgers University Press
Pages108-134
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780813548753
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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    Vetter, J. (2011). Rocky mountain high science teaching, research, and nature at field stations. In Knowing Global Environments: New Historical Perspectives on the Field Sciences (pp. 108-134). Rutgers University Press.