Research Summary

The juxtaposition of biodiversity preservation and land use intesification in protected area landscapes greatly challenges both the intentions of conservation infrastructure (parks, corridors, e.g.) and poverty management and alleviation. Quantifying where these areas - hotter hotspots - occur on the landscape, and analyzing how local people perceive and resond to impacts is fundamental to understanding and facing this dual challenge. This climate change on 7 national parks in the Ugandan Albertine Rift - Murchison Falls, Semuliki, Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Mgahunga Gorilla, and Bwindi Impenetrable.

How and where has land use intesifield around national parks in the Albertine Rift over time? Main objectives:

  • Charaterize climate trajectory and variabily for the Alberine Rift
  • Forest conversion and ecological change and identify hotspots of change
  • Quantify population change
  • Idenify risks and adaptation by local people to perceived climate

Project Investigators:

Joel Hartter Associate Professor
University of Colorado
joel.hartter@colorado.edu

Sadie J. Ryan Assistant Professor
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
sjryan@esf.edu
Michael Palace Research Assistant Professor
University of New Hampshire
palace@guero.sr.unh.edu
Jeremy Diem Associate Professor
Georgia State University
jdiem@gsu.edu

Colin Chapman Professor
McGill University
colin.chapman@mcgill.ca