We invite you to explore Canada’s first fully integrated and interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Initiative, defining an emerging new discipline that brings researchers, students, and community participants together in improving our understanding of mountain practices, places, and peoples.

The Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative welcomes the mountain scholars of the world to join us, to collaborate with us, to study with us, to share our passion for the mountains.



To be launched in Fall 2016, UAlberta’s Mountains 101 will be the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in interdisciplinary mountain studies, available either for university credit or for free – to anyone, anywhere in the world where there’s an Internet connection.

Mountains 101 is led by an interdisciplinary team of scholars at UAlberta belonging to the Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative and will provide a general introduction to the mountain world, drawing from the biological sciences, the earth sciences, and the arts and humanities.

Crossing conventional disciplinary borders, Mountains 101 will provide unique educational experience for individuals, families, and community members: anyone interested in the awe-inspiring world of mountains.


In The News

  1. The ice cores cometh

    In a classic episode of the hit TV series The X-Files, Scully and Mulder visit a remote Arctic ice-core drilling station to find scientists infected with primordial ice worms that have driven them crazy and caused them to kill each other.

  2. Canadas ultimate climate history to be housed at U of A

    Buried deep in Canada’s glaciers are clues about the country’s climate and environmental history dating back tens of thousands of years. Soon the University of Alberta will host the country’s ice core archives, approximately 1,000 metal tubes that contain Canadian ice samples that measure a kilometre in total and provide glimpses into what the earth was like as much as 100,000 years ago.

  3. Mountain Studies Initiative Rallies to Provide Aid to Nepal

    The first call Baiku Acharya received was from his nephew in the United States, who said all of Nepal had been destroyed by an earthquake. The news was terrifying beyond anything the PhD candidate from Nepal could have imagined. - See more at: http://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2015/may/mountain-studies-initiative-rallies-to-provide-aid-to-nepal#sthash.zqAm5MnA.dpuf

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