• Playón watershed

  • Bobonaza sacred shore

    Bobonaza sacred shore

  • Mojanda peak

    Mojanda sacred peak

  • El Angel páramo and interandean valley

    Páramo and hidden valley

  • El Yunke

    El Yunke sacred cove

Welcome to Neotropical Montology at UGA

This virtual platform is one of the initiatives of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute that advances geoecological, gtransdisciplinary research on mountains (hence Montology) of the tropical region of the Western Hemisphere (hence Neotropical), with some ideas, operations, and structures dealing with at the laboratory, classroom, field and virtual levels for mutual benefit of partakers (hence Collaboratory) based at the Geography Department of the University of Georgia. This is a research network incubator of scientists and conservation practitioners dealing with issues of current hemispheric concern and relevancy to the sustainability of biocultural heritage of mountain communities. 

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The NMC has several goals considered tangible research outputs, such as:

  1. Establishing a joint, horizontally developed and executed platform to stimulate research projects and programs,
  2. Facilitating a network of scientists and practitioners of montology and agrobiodiversity conservation to seek common goals,
  3. Engaging graduate and postgraduate training in transdisciplinary science of tropical mountains of the Americas,
  4. Producing dissemination outlets for montological research, including a scientific journal, international fora, blogs, etc.,
  5. Catalyzing scholarly exchange of Andeanists and other scientists via professional organizations, such as the Andean Mountains Association,
  6. Offering of learning outcomes from exploration, study abroad, mutual understanding and leadership development, and
  7. Advising and consulting/contracting on mountain related development programs/projects.