Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research

Primary CZO Partner Organization


Our researchers uncover and communicate processes concerning earth and environmental systems - matters that are becoming ever more urgent as changes in climate and land use are felt worldwide.

As the University of Colorado’s oldest institute, INSTAAR has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues. Our traditional focus has been on polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. In recent decades, our research has broadened to include environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales. INSTAAR research topics range widely and include Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate. Our field sites are located across all seven continents and the world’s oceans.

Our expertise across disciplines helps us generate influential science that can inform policy decisions and improve society’s awareness and understanding of natural and anthropogenic global change.

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    Robert Anderson

    INVESTIGATOR

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    Geomorphology, mechanics and timing of landscape evolution.

    Suzanne Anderson

    INVESTIGATOR, Lead-PI

    Lead-PI of Boulder Creek

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    Geomorphology; Weathering; Hydrology

    Holly Barnard

    INVESTIGATOR

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    Hydrology

    David Lubinski

    STAFF

    CZO Webmaster

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    Web design and Development, User Experience.

    Diane McKnight

    INVESTIGATOR

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    Limnology, biogeochemistry of lakes and streams.

    Eric Parrish

    STAFF

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    GIS, remote sensing, web development, graphic design, scientific illustration

    Adam Wlostowski

    Cross-CZO INVESTIGATOR, PostDoc

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    Hydrology, surface water - groundwater interactions, hydrologic connectivity, modeling, data

    Alumni-Former

    James Cullis

    GRAD STUDENT

    PhD 2011

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    Hydrology, aquatic ecology

    Nel Caine

    INVESTIGATOR

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    Geomorphology and hydrology.

    Jacob Coate

    UNDERGRAD

    Research Assistant

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    Mountain Catchment Hydrology, Remote Sensing

    Rory Cowie

    GRAD STUDENT

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    Hydrology

    Rachel Gabor

    GRAD STUDENT

    PhD student

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    Soils, Hydrology

    Adrian Harpold

    Cross-CZO INVESTIGATOR, PostDoc

    Former Post Doc at Jemez-Catalina

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    Catchment Hydrology


    Mark Williams

    INVESTIGATOR

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    Mountain biogeochemistry, snow hydrology, and surface/groundwater interactions.

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