(Byers, Alton C. - 2015) -- Traditional Fulbright Scholarship
Award or Honor Receipt
The Himalayas and Andes are just two of the mountain systems that have benefited from Dr. Byers’ research initiatives. His work in alpine conservation and restoration, particularly in tourist- impacted mountainous regions in Nepal and Peru, has resulted in the establishment of a variety of teacher training programs and local workshops. Since 2012 he has co-managed the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP) with the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed approaches to integrating research on the risks posed to glacial lakes in order to improve the local adaptation plan-of-action (LAPA) process. Among his active research projects is assessing earthquake damage to glacial lakes in Nepal. He is currently writing a book entitled Change: 60 Years of Climate, Culture, and Land- scape Change in the Mt. Everest Region of Nepal. Byers earned his PhD from the Department of Geography at CU Boulder in 1987. He has worked and lived in Rwanda and Nepal and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the National Geographic Explorer award (2012) and the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal (2007).'