International Mountain Day - December 11

December 11, 2018

Swedish mountains

In 2003, the United Nations designated December 11 of every year as International Mountain Day. Mountains are important for many reasons, such as being home to about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and 25% of all terrestrial biodiversity.

Members of the Biodiversity Resilience Network including Dr. Alex Smith, Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Bernal Arce, Dr. Brian Husband, and Dr. Ellen Esch, have researched plant and animal communities in mountain habitats of Costa Rica, northern Sweden, the Indian Western Ghats, the Canadian Rockies, and the White Mountains of California. Their work explores topics related to ecology and evolution of montane species and how they may be affected by local and global changes.

Learn more on all the ways mountains matter to biodiversity and people:


Bernal and Ellen doing field work