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
- 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. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Seidler, R. & R.D. Stevenson (2017). Communicating the science and human significance of climate change. Books & Arts. BioScience 67(3):306-309.
- Chaudhary, P., R. Seidler & K. Bawa (2017). Patterns and determinants of domestic energy use in Kanchenjunga Himalaya. International Journal of Energy & Environ. Science 2(1):1-11.
- Seidler, R., G. Sharma & Y. Telwala (2016). Climate vulnerability, water vulnerability: Challenges to adaptation in Eastern Himalayan springsheds. In Mountain Ice and Water: Investigations of the Hydrologic Cycle in Alpine Environments (J.F. Shroder & G.B. Greenwood, eds.). Elsevier BV.
- Seidler, R. & K.S. Bawa (2016). India’s long and winding path to green climate solutions. PNAS 113(44):12337–12340.
- Seidler, R. & K.S. Bawa (2016). Ancient risks, current challenges in the Himalaya: Climate-related disaster risk management must drive development, not vice versa. Economic and Political Weekly 51(41):63-67.
- Seidler, R. (2016). Patterns of Biodiversity Change in Logged and Managed Forests. Reference Module in Life Sciences. Elsevier, Oxford, UK.
- Seidler, R. & K.S. Bawa (2016). ‘Ecology’. In J. Adamson, W. Gleason & D. Pellow, eds. Keywords in the Study of Environment and Culture. New York: NYU Press.
- Turner II, B.L., K. Esler, P. Bridgewater, J. Tewksbury, R. Seidler, H. Mooney et al. (2016). Socio-Environmental Systems (SES) research: What have we learned and how can we use this information in future research programs? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 19:160-168, Special Issue on interdisciplinary environmental research.
- BIOL 639 Conservation Biology
- BIOL 654 Sustainability Science
- BIOL 102 Evolutionary Biology
- BIOL 111-112 General Biology
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.
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
Music, mountaineering, distance running.