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U. of Montana and India's Kumaun U. Faculty Partner on Climate Change Initiative

September 10, 2013

University of Montana (UM) geographers Keith Bosak, associate professor for the College of Forestry and Conservation, and Sarah Halvorson, professor for the department of geography, are serving as principle investigator (PI) and co-PI, respectively, on the United States-India Education Foundation Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI) project, entitled Impacts of Climate Change and Changes in Socio-Economic Structure on Traditional Agriculture and the Development of Sustainable Communities among Indigenous Populations. Ulrich Kamp, associate professor of geography, is also a member of the UM Research Team.

Along with the study of climate change and socio-economic change, this project also seeks to provide field research opportunities in India for Native American graduate students interested in the STEM fields. Partnering with Kumaun University (KU) in Uttarakhand, India, the project provides opportunities for graduate students, faculty, and administrators from both universities to engage in research and cultural exchange activities around the project themes. Raghubir Chand, professor of geography, is serving as lead researcher for the KU research team which also includes his colleague, R.C. Joshi, professor of geography.

KU is a research-based institution that is recognized for interdisciplinary research focused specifically on mountain environments. Given its location in the Indian Himalaya, KU closely interacts with indigenous communities through active research agendas. Ongoing research is focused on mountain-society interactions, biodiversity, sustainable socio-economic development, climate change studies, and indigenous perspectives.
For a more detailed description of the project objectives, visit


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