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Climate Change

Wildlife in the Changing French Pyrenees

Help discover and protect this delicate Alpine environment from climate change, and from ourselves.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Mountain ecosystems are some of the world’s most endangered; climate change is already pushing species to higher elevations.

Help researchers learn everything they can about the animals and plants that inhabit this Alpine world.

Mountain environments are one of the most important ecosystems on Earth. Often referred to as water towers because of their downstream benefits to rivers and other essential water systems, mountains also provide other key resources to humans and wildlife alike. Your powers of observation will be vital to researchers as they try to answer the basic who, what, when, where, why, and how of this ecosystem: Who, among plants and animals, live there, and what are these species up to? When and where are they observed? Can large mammals such as the brown bear make a successful come back? Why are some species present in certain areas and absent in others? And finally, how do the life stages of these species intertwine to make this ecosystem function?

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Volunteers help researchers learn how to protect this delicate Alpine environment from climate change and human encroachment.

By joining this expedition, you’ll help track this incredible diversity of plants and animals. You’ll also help increase our understanding of the complex network of interactions among them. With this knowledge, scientists and local organizations such as Pays de L’Ours can help better manage this fragile environment and mitigate the impacts of climate change and other human activities that alter this ecosystem. With an intimate yet also broad knowledge of the Pyrenees, they can help shape conservation policies to ensure that wild flora and fauna, as well as humans, can get the most out of this beautiful environment.

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Aspet, France, Europe & Russia

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The Scientists

MEET THE LEAD SCIENTIST

Bernat Claramunt
Lopez
Researcher and Ecology Lecturer, CREAF (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications)

ABOUT Bernat Claramunt Lopez

Dr. Bernat Claramunt López studies ecological networks of vertebrates at high elevation environments, its resistance to the entry of invasive species, and the effects of global change on the interactions. Additionally, he leads a capture-mark-recapture project on alpine marmot population in the Pyrenees to understand the success of its establishment, the effects on the host community, and to assess the differences with the native population.

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