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.



Registration Open for 2014/15 Mountain Studies courses. 

Mountain Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the physical and human dimensions of mountain environments.  Our courses provide a hands-on learning experience in the classroom and in the mountains.

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In The News

  1. Glaciologist and CMSI member, Dr. Martin Sharp recognized by the Royal Society

    (Edmonton) In recognition of their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievements, six University of Alberta faculty members have been elected as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Ecologist Mark Boyce, mechanical engineer Warren Finlay, music professor emerita Marnie Giesbrecht, philosophy professor Bernard Linsky, glaciologist Martin Sharp and mental illness advocate Austin Mardon were all elected as fellows to the Royal Society of Canada.

  2. Higher Learning: Just Imagine

    Imagine a series of university undergraduate courses dedicated to nothing but mountains. Courses that include the study of glaciers, snow, and rock; of plants, animals, and whole ecosystems; of mountain culture, literature, and history. Now imagine taking such a course in a remote backcountry setting in the Canadian Rockies, or high in the European Alps, where your pencil case is supplemented with a backpack, a rope, and an ice axe

  3. Mount Robson Centennial Celebrated: CMSI researchers curate new museum exhibit for Robson’s 100th birthday

    Mount Robson is a mountain, and a place, of many rich stories. And the stories associated with the area’s earliest human history are just the ones Zac Robinson gathered to create a brand new exhibit for the Mount Robson Provincial Park (MRPP) visitors centre’s museum.

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Field Notes

  1. Mountain Conference Thrills

    A graduate student’s look at Thinking Mountains 2012 evokes memories of exhilarating learning experience.

  2. Graduate students' Banff Trip 2012

    Report on the 2012 Banff National Park Graduate Student Field Trip

    Graduate students bask in Banff's rich history of peoples and places during mountain field trip.

  3. Man of the Mountains

    The mountains are Dr. Stephen Slemon's calling; mountain literature his passion. Read a Q&A with 'Man of the Mountains', Dr. Stephen Slemon.

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