When planning to apply to the prestigious Fulbright Global Scholar award competition, I was concerned about the actual research prospectus of achieving a global significance in countries on different continents. Then I recalled the academic efforts of developing a worldwide awareness to study mountains with the new transdisciplinary approach, now known as “montology,” and knew exactly how to proceed. I relied on my previous experience as a Fulbrighter with the International Education/Research award to Japan in 2004 and my later appointment as the first Latino faculty in the 2009–11 cohort of the Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors program. I also included insights gained as chair of the Commission of Mountain Studies of the International Geographical Union (IGU), the Mountain Specialists at the World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN), and at the Steering Committee of the International Program of the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) of the University of the United Nations (UNU).
By Fausto O. Sarmiento
Originally suggested in the late 1970s, montology has now become a standard keyword for research and teaching about mountain geographies.
A view of the impressive Nordkette mountain range and the old-city structures of downtown Innsbruck in the Austrian province of Tyrol. Photo: Andreas Haller.
With Andreas Haller of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (IGF) manning the ÖAW’s booth at the International Mountain Conference at the University of Innsbruck in Tyrol, Austria. Photo: Margreth Keiler
With Kenichi Ueno touring the Mount Tsukuba area from the rice fields and orchards at its base. Photo: Fausto Sarmiento
Observing the legend in the prohibition gate—where women are not allowed to enter Omine-san—in the Yoshino National Park and World Heritage Site area of the Kii mountain range, western Japan. Photo: Masahito Yoshida
Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn along the route of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Photo: Fausto Sarmiento.
Visiting the belltower plaza in the town of Toconao in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Photo: Carla Marchant