Faculty & Staff

Reinmar Seidler, PhD

Research Assistant Professor & Lecturer of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics.


Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Biology, History of Ecology, Sustainability Science


PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 639 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 654 Sustainability Science
  • BIOL 102 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL 111-112 General Biology

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystem services and rural livelihoods in the Eastern Himalaya. Our team is currently exploring the effects of intersecting processes of global change in two forested mountain environments of India. The geophysical, ecological and socioeconomic impacts of climate change are emerging rapidly at high altitudes, and are already affecting many aspects of life. Therefore, this research is of necessity multi-disciplinary, demanding attention to economics, landscape ecology, rural sociology and political ecology as well as to ecology and conservation biology. The development of adaptive strategies requires close interaction with a variety of stakeholders with often divergent interests.

I am very interested in the particular challenges facing mountain environments, their human and non-human denizens. I am a member of the Mountain Research Initiative and the Mountain Partnership

Teaching Experience

I have developed new graduate seminars in Conservation Biology and in Sustainability Science, together with Dr Kamal Bawa. I have also enjoyed teaching courses in Evolutionary Biology and General Biology. I am Convener of the bi-annual symposium series Dimensions of Sustainability, sponsored by the Biology Department at UMass Boston

Personal Activities

Music, mountaineering, distance running.