• 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

Distinguished Annual Guest Lecture

Selected guest speakers from the Andes, Latin America, Europe or the United States of America who have distinguished in a particular field of research in relation to neotropical mountains are invited to speak at UGA.  It is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography's colloquium committee, and underwritten by either the Neotropical Montology Inititative of the Latin America and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI), the Institute of Native American Studies, The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, the Anthropology Department, the Institute of Ecology and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, or a combination of sponsorship with private donors.

2012  Dr. Constanza Ceruti, Professor of Andean Archaeology of the Catholic University of Salta and Researcher of the National Council of Research and Technology of Argentina. "Inka Mummies as Evidence of Sustainable Living with Sacred Sites"

2013  Dr. Oliver Chassot, Director of the Fundación Ciencia Tropical, Costa Rica, and Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas' Mountain Connectivity Conservation:  "Mountains and Connectivity Conservation in the the 21st Century"

2014   Prof. Dr. Axel Borsdorf, Director of The Interdisciplinary Center for Moutain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Geography Department of the University of Innsbruk. "Mountains of Latin America and the Need of Interdisciplinary Research"

2015  Mr. Randy Borman.  Director of the Fundación Cofán and environmental leader and shaman of the Cofan nation, Ecuadorian Amazonia.“Navigating Fluvial Discontent: the Quest of the Cofan Survival in the Headwaters of the Amazon”

2016  Prof. Dr.  Mark Bush.  Director of the Conservation Ecology Programm at the Biology Department of the Florida Technical Institute. "Forests, People, and Megafauna in the Ice-age Amazon-Andes"