Faculty & Staff

Reinmar Seidler, PhD

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

Research Interests

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

Teaching Experience

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