Faculty & Staff
Areas of Expertise
Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Biology, History of Ecology, Sustainability Science
PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
Professional Publications & Contributions
- Seidler. R. & K.S. Bawa (in review). Ancient Risks, Current Challenges in the Himalaya: In the face of climate change, disaster risk management must drive development – not vice versa. Policy Forum. Science.
- Chaudhary, P. & R. Seidler (in review). Patterns and determinants of domestic energy use in Kanchenjunga Himalaya. Forest Ecology & Environment.
- Seidler, R. et al. (in press). Progress on integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction for sustainable development pathways in South Asia: Evidence from six research projects. Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management.
- Seidler, R. (in press). Patterns of Biodiversity Change in Logged and Managed Forests. Reference Module in Life Sciences. Elsevier, Oxford, UK.
- Seidler, R. & K.S. Bawa (in press). ‘Ecology’. In J. Adamson, W. Gleason & D. Pellow, eds. Keywords in the Study of Environment and Culture. New York: NYU Press.
- Bawa, K.S. & R. Seidler. 2015. Deforestation and sustainable mixed use landscapes: A view from the Eastern Himalaya. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens 100(3):141-149.
- Ashton, P.S. with R. Seidler. 2014. On the Forests of Tropical Asia: Ecology, Biogeography and Human History. London: Kew Gardens Publishing. 670 pp.
- Seidler, R., K.S. Bawa, M. Lowman & N. Nadkarni. 2013. Forest Canopies as Earth’s Support Systems: Priorities for Research and Conservation. In M. Lowman, S. Devy & T. Ganesh, eds. Treetops at Risk: Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation. New York: Springer.
- Lele, S., P. Wilshusen, D. Brockington, R. Seidler & K. Bawa. 2010. Beyond Exclusion: Alternative Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation in the Developing Tropics. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2:94–100.
- Seidler, R. ed. 2009. Dimensions of Sustainable Development (Vols. 1 & 2), 846 pgs. In Development and Economic Sciences, UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Paris: UNESCO. http://www.eolss.net/
My current research focuses on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and rural livelihoods in the Eastern Himalaya. I am involved with a large research program, funded by USAID, 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 quite 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. This keeps me continuously learning and expanding my point of view!
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.
Since 2012, I have been developing 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 Ecology.
Other Professional Experience
Convener of the bi-annual symposium series Dimensions of Sustainability, sponsored by the Biology Department at UMass Boston
Research Associate, Zoological Society of London (Conservation Programmes)
Research Associate, Harvard University Arnold Arboretum