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Ecological Calendars: The Research Team

In China

Karim-Aly Kassam (standing, right) and students from the Chinese research team develop a seasonal round with villagers from Post Doct, Xinjiang, China.


The research project, Ecological Calendars and Climate Change Adaptation in Central Asia, is being conducted by a global group of research scientists.


Multidisciplinary Research Team

The large-scale complex Ecological Calendars project includes teams of biophysical and social scientists.

Central Asia Sites

  • Karim-Aly Kassam, Cornell University, USA (lead principal investigator)
  • Jianchu Xu, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (partner principal investigator)
  • Cyrus Samimi, University of Bayreuth, Germany (partner principal investigator), and student research assistants
  • Antonio Trabucco, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, Italy (partner principal investigator), and student research assistants
  • Talia Chorover, Leo Louis, and Kayla Scheimreif, Cornell University (graduate research assistants)

North America Sites

  • Karim-Aly Kassam, Cornell University, USA (lead principal investigator)
  • Christopher Dunn, Cornell Botanical Gardens (co-principal investigator)
  • Amanda Rodewald, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (co-principal investigator)
  • David Wolfe, Cornell Plant Sciences and Horticulture (co-principal investigator)
  • Arthur Degaetano, Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (co-principal investigator)
  • Morgan Ruelle, Cornell Natural Resources (post-doctoral associate)
  • Tamar Law, Madeline Rich, Cornell University (undergraduate interns)

Civil Society Partners

The research team needs the collaboration of a variety of organizations:

  • AgWeatherNet (Washington State University)
  • American Geophysical Union (Washington, D.C.)
  • Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackleton Point on Oneida Lake (New York)
  • Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbait (GIZ) (Germany)
  • FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance (Tajikistan)
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Nepal)
  • International Society of Biometeorology/Phenology Commission (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (Switzerland)
  • UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (France)
  • Mountain Research Initiative (Switzerland)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (Virginia headquarters)
  • U.S.A. National Phenology Network (Arizona)
  • Wakhan Pamir Research Project at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
  • World Agroforestry Centre (Kenya headquarters)

Funding Support

Research in Central Asia

  • Belmont Forum through its partnership with the National Science Foundation (U.S.A.)
  • National Science Foundation (China)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)

Research in North America

  • Academic Venture Fund, David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University (New York)