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Fausto O. Sarmiento

Director, Neotropical Montology Collaboratory

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Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 110
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Neotropical Montology Collabortory
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Research Interests:

Montology, Neotropical mountains, critical biogeography, political ecology, socioecological landscapes and seascapes. Current projects dealing with climate change adaptation, mountainscape conservation, ecological legacies, and restoration of tropandean landscapes.

Fausto O. Sarmiento, Ph.D., is a professor of Mountain Science in the Geography Department at the University of Georgia in Athens. He is also Courtesy Faculty in the School of Ecology and Honors Faculty mentor. Previously Dr. Sarmiento served as Co-Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and as Director of the Office of International Education.

            Dr. Sarmiento has been involved in major disciplinary and institutional change processes to promote sustainable development in mountain environments and in restructuring evaluation criteria used for landscape conservation in the Tropical Andes. He was Regional Editor for Latin America for the journal Mountain Research and Development and is an Editorial Board member of Pirineos, the Journal of Mountain Ecology, the Journal of Mountain Science, the Journal of High Andean Research, and the Annals of the AAG.  He serves on advisory boards of global mountain organizations and represented the International Human Dimension Program of Global Environmental Change to the Science Board of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI).  He was chair of the Mountain Geography Specialty Group (2002-3 and 2014-5) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), is chair of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Mountain Studies, and former president of the Andean Mountains Association (AMA).  Currently, he is deputy Vice Chair (Capacity Building) of the Mountain Biome of the World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) and a member of the Protected Landscapes Task Force in the World Conservation Union (IUCN). 

            During his 34 years of experience in the developing world, particularly in academic leadership, administration, research, and education, starting as a high school biology teacher and ending as Executive Director of the National Museum of Natural History in Ecuador, Dr. Sarmiento has distinguished himself as a leader in his field, receiving recognitions and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship on International Education and Mountain Research to Japan, a career award from the AAG, and the prestigious Fulbright Global Scholar Award.  He has published widely with more than sixteen books and a few dozen journals devoted to higher education, mountain research, conservation of biodiversity, environmental planning, ecological theory, and mountain community development; he presented keynote speeches in International Congresses and Symposia, developed numerous national presentations and international workshops; and demonstrated success in fund-raising and institutional strategic planning.  He is a consultant to UNESCO and IUCN in matters related to mountain conservation and biocultural landscapes.  He has been invited as an international Juror for Nature Conservation Awards and as an evaluator and professor of international masters’ courses on Rural Development and Environmental Planning in Europe and Latin America.  He also provided technical assistance, teaching, and evaluation services to several universities, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.  He has written four Spanish language textbooks widely used in the region. He is member of the board of the UNU-Satoyama Initiative, the IUCN-WCPA Mountains and Protected Landscapes groups, and chairs the IGU's Commission of Mountain Studies. 

  • BS (1988), Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito
  • MS (1991), The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Ph.D. (1996), The University of Georgia, Athens
Of note:
  • 2022 Fulbright global Scholar Award to Austria, Japan, and Chile.
  • 2021 SCL Fellow
  • 2020 Chair of the Commission of Mountain Studies, International Geographical Union
  • 2019 Bary Bishop Career Award from the Association of American Geographers' Mountain Geography Specialty Group.
  • Convener of the International Conference on "Past Plant Diversity, Climate Change and Mountain Conservation" held in Cuenca, 2019.
  • Co-Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Mountain Research Network.  Nova Friburgo, 2018.
  • "Geographer Fausto Sarmiento, arguably the most prodigious commentator on mountain geography today" Recognized by Emeritus Professor Nigel J.R. Allan (UC-Davis) in his recent AAG Book Review of Matloff's "No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World's Violent Highlands"
  • Keynote speaker on Ecology and Climate Change at the XII Latin American Botany Congress.  Quito, 2018.
  • Inaugural keynote speaker at the IV Latin American Congress of Ecology
  • Keynote speaker at the I International Congress of Biodiversity Conservation of the Andes and the Amazon
  • Chaired the workshop on Mountain Protected Areas for the first Latin American Congress of National Parks.
  • In 1999, the Honor Society for International Scholars Phi Beta Delta, Tau Chapter, recognized him as the "Outstanding Faculty of the Year".
  • In 2001, the Mountain Geography Specialty Group (MGSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) gave him the "Outstanding Recent Accomplishment Award" for his work "in fostering sustainable development in mountain environments".
  • In 2007, the UGA-Student Government Association recognized him for excellence in teaching and valuable contributions to students.
  • Executive Director of the Ecuadorian Museum of Natural Sciences in Quito and chief ecologist consultant at AECOTAL in Ecuador.
  • In the United States, he was co-Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies until 2002, when he became Director if the Office of International Education of the University of Georgia until 2005.
  • In 2004, Dr. Sarmiento participated in the II Cultural Encounter of the Americas to discuss Identity and Cultural Landscapes.
  • He was selected as juror for the BBVA Foundation for the prestigious International Prize on Actions on Biodiversity Conservation.
  • The International Center for Mediterranean Studies in Zaragoza invited him as juror for the graduating class of 2005 of Integrated Environmental Planning and rural development.
  • In addition, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award for the International Education Administrator Program to Japan and was named Fulbright Scholar Ambassador.
  • Keynote speaker at the Global Mountains session in the IGU Thematic meeting, "Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges" centennial anniversary of the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences.  Moscow, 2018.
Courses Regularly Taught:
Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Kong, I., Sarmiento FO, Mu L. 2023. Crowdsourced Text Analysis to Characterize the U.S. National Parks Based on Cultural Ecosystem Services. Landscape and Urban Planning, 233: 104692.

*Sarmiento, F.O., Inaba, N., Iida, Y., Yoshida, M. 2023. Mountain Graticules: Bridging Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, and Historicity to Biocultural Heritage. Geographies, 3(1): 19-39.

Kong, I, Sarmiento, F.O.  2022. Utilizing a crowdsourced phrasal lexicon to identify cultural ecosystem services in El Cajas National Park, Ecuador. Ecosystem Services, 56: 101441.

Sarmiento, F.O., Chávez, R., Aguirre, Ch., Abrahms, J. 2022. Desarrollo Sustentable y Regenerativo de los Paisajes Socioecológicos de Montaña: Montología del Chimborazo como Referente Insigne del Cambio Global.  Revista Antropologías del Sur 9(17): 121-145.

*Sarmiento, F.O, Rodríguez, J., Yépez-Noboa, A.  2022. Forest Transformation in the Wake of Colonization: The Quijos Andean-Amazonian Flank, Past and Present.  Forests, 13, 11: 1-19.

Delgado, E., Meza Mori, G., Barboza, E., Rojas Briceño, N.B., Torres Guzmán, C., Oliva-Cruz, M., Chavez-Quintana, S.G., Salas López, R., López de la Lama, R., Sevillano-Ríos, C.S., Sarmiento, F.O. 2021. Efectividad de áreas de conservación privada comunal en bosques montanos nublados del norte de Perú. Pirineos, 176, e067.

Donoso, M. and F.O. Sarmiento. 2021.  Changing Mountain Farmscapes: Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Paute’s Watershed, Southern Ecuador.  Journal of Mountain Science, 18(7): 1902-1919.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2021. Critical Biogeography of Neotropical Mountains: A Panoptic Approach for Biocultural Microrefugia Conservation. Biodiversity Online, 1(3): 1-7.

*Sarmiento, F.O., M. Oliva and S. Fernandez. 2021. Montology: Transformative frame for  education about mountains. Mountain Research and Development, 40(4)

Sarmiento, F.O.  2020.  Montology Manifesto: echoes towards a transdisciplinary science of mountains. Journal of Mountain Science, 17(10): 2512-2527.

Schirpke U., Scolozzi R., Dean G., Haller A., Jáger H., Kister, J., Kovács B., Sarmiento, F.O.,  Sattler B and C. Schleyer. 2020. Cultural ecosystem services on mountain regions: Conceptualising conflicts among users and limitations of use.  Ecosystem Services, 46.

Rojas, N., D.A. Cotrina, E. Barboza, M. Barrena, F.O. Sarmiento, D.A. Sotomayor, M. Oliva and R. Salas. 2020. Current and future distribution of five timber forest species in Amazonas, Northeast Peru: Contributions towards a restoration strategy. Diversity, 12, 305.

Sarmiento, F.O., M.B. Bush, W. Church, P. VanValkenburgh, M. Oliva, E. Delgado, S. Fernandez and N. Rojas. 2020. Mountain science poised to help ecotourism in Peruvian cloud forests.  PAGES 28(1), 22-23.

Sarmiento, F.O. and G. Kooperman. 2019. A Socio-Hydrological Perspective on Recent and Future Precipitation Changes Over Tropical Montane Cloud Forests in the Andes. Frontiers in Earth Sciences, 7, Article 324.


Sarmiento, F.O., J.A. Gonzalez, E.O. Lavilla, M. Donoso and J.T. Ibarra. 2019. Onomastic misnomers in the construction of faulty Andeanity and week Andeaness: Biocultural Microrefugia in the Andes. Pirineos, Journal of Mountain Ecology, 174, 1-16.


Pinaya, J., F. Cruz, G. Ceccantini , P. Corrêa , N. Pitman , F. Vemado, M. Lopez, A. Pereira, C. Grohmann, C. Chiessi, N. Strikis, I. Horák-Terra , W. Pinaya , V. de Medeiros, R. Santos, T. Akabane, M. Silva, R. Cheddadi, M Bush, A-J. Henrot, L. François, A. Hambuckers, F. Boyer, M. Carré, E. Coissac, F. Ficetola, K. Huang, A-M. Lézine, M. Nourelbait, A. Rhoujjati, P. Taberlet, F.O. Sarmiento, D. Abel-Schaad, F. Alba-Sánchez, Z. Zheng, P. de Oliveira. 2019. Brazilian montane rainforests expansion induced by Heinrich Stadial 1 event. Nature Scientific Reports, 9, Article 17912.


Sarmiento, F.O. and C. Cotacachi. 2019. Framing Cultural Ecosystem Services in the Andes: Utawallu runakuna as Sentinels of Values for Biocultural Heritage Conservation. Satoyama Review, 5(1), 25-40.


Subramanian, S. M., Yiu, E., Dasgupta, R., Takahashi, Y., Deja, E., Dublin, D., Natori, Y., Sarmiento, F.O., Osei-Owusu, Y., Quintero-Ángel, A., San Vicente-Tello, A., Díaz-Varela, E.,. Díaz-Varela, R.A., Titumir, R. Al M., Karimova, P.G., Lee, K.C., Ojelel, S., Lacaste, A.V., Belegal, J.A.C., Edake, S., Guibrunet, L., Kubo, H., Nishi, M., and R. Kozar. 2019. How multiple values influence decisions on sustainable use in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes. Satoyama Review, 5, 1-15.


Minga, D., Cordero, P., Donoso, M., Montesinos, K., Jimenez, M., Antaki, B. and Sarmiento, F.O. 2019. The Uchucay microrefugium: an Interandean forest relict with an important arboreal richness in Southern Ecuador. Pirineos, Journal of Mountain Ecology, 174, 1-16.


Sarmiento, F.O., J.T. Ibarra, A. Barreau, C. Marchant, J. González, M. Oliva and M. Donoso.  2019.  Montology: A research agenda for complex foodscapes and biocultural microrefugia in tropical and temperate Andes.  Journal of Agriculture, Food and Development  5: 9-21.

Donoso-Correa, M.E and F.O. Sarmiento.  2019. Geospatial Memory and Joblesness interpolated: International migration oxymora in the city of Biblián, Southern Ecuador.  American Journal of Geographic Information System 8(2): 60-88.

Sarmiento, F.O., A. Vázques, G. Aguilar, R. Cheddadi, M. Bush, ... & I. Kong.  2018. Trees Microrefugia and Community-based Conservation in Tropandean Mountainscapes: A Bio-Cultural Approach for Heritage Management of “El Collay” Protected Forest in Southeastern Ecuador.  Satoyama Review 4(1): 95-109.

Cheddadi R., A. Henrot, L. François, F. Boyer, M. Bush, M. Carré, E. Coissac, P. De Oliveira, F. Ficetola, A. Hambuckers, K. Huang K, A.M. Lézine, M. Nourelbait, A. Rhoujjati, P. Taberlet, F.O. Sarmiento, D. Abel-Schaad, F. Alba-Sánchez and Z. Zheng.  2017. Microrefugia, Climate Change, and Conservation of Cedrus atlantica in the Rif Mountains, Morocco. Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution 5(114): 1-15.

Sarmiento, F.O., J.T. Ibarra, A. Barreau, J.C. Pizarro, R. Rozzi, J.A. González & L.M. Frolich. 2017.  Applied Montology Using Critical Biogeography in the Andes   Annals of the Association of American Geographers 107(2): 416-428. (Special issue on Mountains).

Sarmiento, F.O. 2016. Identity, imaginaries and ideality: understanding the biocultural landscape of the Andes through the iconic Andean lapwing (Vanellus resplendens). Revista Chilena de Ornitología 22(1): 38-50

Ives, J.D., B. Messerli & F.O. Sarmiento.  2016.  Obituary for a Mountain Champion: Lawrence Hamilton, 1925-2016.  Mountain Research and Development 36(4): 569-570.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2013. Ruinas Reificadas: El revivir indígena, los paisajes culturales y la conservación de sitios sagrados. Revista Parques (1): 1-14.

Sarmiento, F.O. & L. Frolich.  2012.  From mindscapes to worldscapes: Navigating the ever-changing topography of sustainability. Journal of Sustainability Education (3): 1-3.

Carter, L.E. and F.O. Sarmiento. 2011. Cotacacheños and Otavaleños: Local Perceptions of Sacred Sites for Farmscape Conservation in Highland Ecuador. Journal of Human Ecology 35(1): 61-70.

Sarmiento, F.O. and D.R. Butler.  2011.  Where Do Mountain Geographers Publish? Disciplinary Trends and Career Development Choices.  Mountain Research and Development 31(1): 61-67.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2010.  The Lapwing in Andean Ethnoecology: Proxy for Landscape Transformation.  The Geographical Review 100(2): 229-245.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2010. Obituary for a Mountain Man: Robert Rhoades.  Mountain Research and Development. 30(2):188.

Gordon, B., Sarmiento, F.O., Jones, J. and R. Russo.  2010. Sustainability Education in Practice: Appropriation of Rurality by the Global Migrants of Costa Rica.  Journal of Sustainability Education 1(1): 116-135.

Menhard, D. and F.O. Sarmiento.  2010. Landscape Transitions: Integration of Pedagogical Approaches for Sustainability in Tropical American Mountain Communities. Journal of Sustainability Education 1(1): 113-115.

Gonzalez, J.A., F.O. Sarmiento and J.L. Minetti.  2008.  Cambios Globales en el Noroeste Argentino (21°-32° S) con Referencias a la Provincia más Pequeña de Argentina: Tucumán.  Pirineos 163: 51-62.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2008.  Andes Mountains and Human Dimensions of Global Change: An Overview.  Pirineos 163: 7-13.

Mahmud, A. and Sarmiento, F.O.  2008.  Changing the role of rural women in Punjab province, Pakistan.  Geographische Rundschau 4(2): 4-9.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2005.  Ethnoecology of the tropical Andes: Avian indicators of landscape change in highland Ecuador.  Pirineos 160: 87-119.

Pugh, J. and F.O. Sarmiento.  2004.  Selling the public on sustainable watershed conservation.  Bulletin of Latin American Research 23(3): 322-337.

Chaurette, E., F.O. Sarmiento and J. Rodríguez.  2003.  A protected landscape candidate in the Tropical Andes of Ecuador. Parks 13(2): 42-51.

*Sarmiento, F.O.  2002.  Gerardo Budowski: A beacon to conservation of tropical mountains.  Mountain Research and Development 22(2): 197-198.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2002.  Impulsores de cambio del paisaje: dinámica de las líneas de árboles en la montología neotropicalEcotrópicos 15(2): 129-146. [Drivers of landscape change: Treeline dynamics in neotropical montology]

Sarmiento, F.O. 2002.  Anthropogenic landscape change in highland Ecuador.  The Geographical Review 92(2): 213-234.

Sarmiento, F.O. and L. Frolich. 2002.  Andean cloud forest treelines: Naturalness, agriculture and the human dimension. Mountain Research and Development 22(3): 278-287.

Sarmiento F.O. 2001. Les enjeux de la recherche sur les montagnes en matière de terminologie et de connaissances: application à l’espace andin. Revue de Géographie Alpine 89(2): 73-77.  [Lexical and cognitive issues for mountain research: A need to understand Andean landscapes]

Sarmiento, F.O.  2000.  Human impacts in man-aged tropandean landscapes: Breaking mountain paradigms.  Ambio 29(7): 423-431.

Sarmiento, F.O.  1999.  To Mt. Chimborazo: in the steps of Alexander von Humboldt.  Mountain Research and Development 19(2): 77-78.

Myster, R. and F.O. Sarmiento.  1998.   Seed inputs to microsite patch recovery on two Tropandean landslides in Ecuador.  Restoration Ecology 6(1): 1-10.

Sarmiento, F.O. 1997.   Arrested succession in pastures hinders regeneration of Tropandean forests and shreds mountain landscapes. Environmental Conservation 24(1): 14-23.

Sarmiento, F.O. 1997.  Landscape regeneration by seeds and successional pathways to restore fragile Tropandean slopes.  Mountain Research and Development 17(3): 239-252.

Sarmiento, F.O. 1997.  The birthplace of ecology: Tropandean ecoregion of Ecuador, an endangered landscape.  Environmental Conservation 24(1): 3-4.

Sarmiento, F.O. 1995.  The birthplace of ecology.  Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 76(2): 104-105.

Sarmiento, F.O. 1994.  Human impacts on the cloud forests of the Upper Guayllabamba River, Ecuador.  Ecological Studies 110: 284-295.


Sarmiento, F.O. Editor. 2022. Montology Palimpsest: A Primer of Mountain Geographies.  Volume I. Book series: Sarmiento, F.O, Gunya, A. and Alcántara-Ayala, I. (editors). Montology: Convergent Mountain Science for Development and Innovation. Springer-Nature.  Switzerland.

Sarmiento, F.O  y E.V. Sarmiento. 2021. Flancos Andinos: Paleoecología, Biogeografía Crítica y Ecología Política en los Climas Cambiantes de los Bosques Neotropicales de Montaña.  Editorial INDES_CES/UNTRM. Universidad Nacional Toribio Rodríguez de Mendoza, Amazonas. Chachapoyas, Peru.

Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors). 2020.  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

Sarmiento, F.O. & S. Hitchner.  (editors).  2017.  Indigeneity and the Sacred: Indigenous Revival and the Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in the Americas. Berghahn Books New York. 266pp.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2012.  Contesting Páramo: Critical Biogeography of the Northern Andean Highlands.  Kona Publishing.  Higher Education Division.  Charlotte, NC. 150pp.

Sarmiento, F.O. (editor).  2003.  Las Montañas del Mundo: Una prioridad global con perspectivas latinoamericanas.  Editorial Abya-Yala, Quito: 669pp.   [Mountains of the World: A global priority with Latin American perspectives]

Sarmiento, F.O. and J. Hidalgo (editores).  1999.  Desarrollo Sustentable de Montañas: Entendiendo las interfaces ecológicas para la gestión de los paisajes culturales en los Andes.  Memorias del III Simposio Internacional AMA.  Editorial Corporación Editora Nacional. Quito: 406 pp.  [Sustainable Mountain Development: Understanding ecological interfaces for the management of Andean cultural landscapes]

Sarmiento, F.O. 1987. Antología Ecológica del Ecuador: desde la selva hasta el mar.  Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana.   Quito: 382 pp.   [Ecological Anthology of Ecuador: from the jungle to the sea]

Sarmiento, F.O. 1982.  Ecología y sus leyes. Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos. Quito: 65pp.  [The laws of Ecology]


Debarbieux, B., S. Brunel, H. Gumuchian, PS. Ramakhrishnan, V. Pototskaya and F.O. Sarmiento. 2008. Enfants des Montagnes du Monde.  Editorial Glenat: Grenoble. 160pp. [Children of the Mountains of the World]

Sarmiento, F. O.  2003.  Las Montañas del Mundo: Una prioridad global con perspectivas latinoamericanas.  Editorial Abya-Yala, Quito. 699 pp.

Naveh, Z., A. Lieberman, F. O. Sarmiento and C. Ghersa. 2002.  Ecología de Paisajes. Teoría y Aplicación. Edición de estudiantes. Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires, EUDEBA.  Argentina.  Buenos Aires: 571pp.  [Landscape Ecology: theory and application. Students’ edition].  Translation and adaptation with new text and local examples to Latin American audiences.

Sarmiento, F. O. 2001.  Diccionario de Ecología de Paisajes, Conservación y Desarrollo Sustentable para Latinoamérica.  Editorial Abya-Yala.  Quito:  226pp.  [Dictionary of Landscape Ecology, Conservation and Sustainable Development for Latin America]                           <>

Odum, E. P. and F. O. Sarmiento.  1998.  La Ecología: el puente entre ciencia y sociedad.   Editorial McGraw-Hill Interamericana de México. México, DF: 343pp.   [Ecology: the bridge between science and society]. Translation and adaptation with new text and local examples to Latin American audiences.

Sarmiento, F. O. 1991. (Updated edition) Diccionario Ecológico Energético Ecuatoriano  for the III International Workshop on Environmental Journalism.   The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR: 186pp.   [Ecuadorian Ecological/Energy Dictionary]

Sarmiento, F. O.1986.  Diccionario Ecológico Energético Ecuatoriano.  Editorial Unión Nacional de Periodistas. Quito: 186pp.   [Ecuadorian Ecological/Energy Dictionary]

Sarmiento, F.O., Oviedo, G., Trávez, G. and Y. Célleri.  1985.   Guías Didácticas de Educación Ambiental.  Nivel Primario.   3 Tomos.  Fundación Natura.   Ed. Mantilla  Hnos.  Quito: 234pp. [Environmental education teaching guides]

Book chapters

•Nishi M, Subramanian S, Gupta, H, Bergamini N, Braun V. Chao JT, Dey D, Fischer A, Jacobson Ch, Karimova PG, Kumar AK, Lee KY, Méndez-López ME, Maundu P, Morimoto Y, Olupot W, Osei-Owusu Y, Owusu-Achiaw R, Paran S, Vipindas P, Quintero-Ángel A, Rodriguez Dias SC, Sakkhamduang J, Sarmiento, FO, Sivan VV and Titumir RaM. 2022. Synthesis: Concept, Methodologies, and Strategies to Address the Nexus in SEPLS. Pp. 267-286. In: M. Nishi et al. (eds.), Biodiversity-Health-Sustainability Nexus in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS), Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review 7. Springer.

*Sarmiento, F.O.  2021. Dynamics of Andean Treeline Ecotones: Between Cloud Forest and Páramo geocritical tropes.  Pp. 25-42. In: Myster, R. (editor). The Andean Cloud Forest. Springer Nature. Switzerland.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2020.  Packing Transdisciplinary Critical Geography Amidst Sustainability of Mountainscapes.  Pp. 15-30.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

Frolich, L.M., E. Guevara and F.O. Sarmiento.  2020.  Introduction: the scale of sustainability –the limiting universe where everything and nothing is sustainable.  P.p. 1-14.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

Chedaddi, R., F,O. Sarmiento, A. Hambuckers, A. Rhoujjati, P. Taberlet, F. Ficetola, A0J. Henrot, L. Francois, F. Boyer and M. Nourelbait.  2020. Multidisciplinary approaches for conservation issues.  P.p. 67-78.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

Holdridge, G.A., F.O. Sarmiento, S.E. Pilaar, B. Boley, J.K. Reap, E.A. Mcdonald, M. Navarro, S.L. Hitchner and J.W. Shelhas.  2020.  Feeding Futures Framed: Rediscovering Biocultural Diversity in Sustainable Foodscapes.  Pp. 235-251.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

Donoso-Correa, M.E. and F.O. Sarmiento.  2020.  Sustainable Urbanism or Amenity Migration Fad: Critical Analysis of Urban Planning of Cuenca Cityscapes, Ecuador.  Pp.252-269.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

González, J.A. and F.O. Sarmiento.  Andean Indigenous Foodscapes: Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Mountains’ Sustainability Scenarios.  Pp. 378-390.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

Ibarra, J.T., A. Barreau, C. Marchant, J.A. González, M. Oliva, M.E. Donoso-Correa, B. Antaki, C. Monterrubio-Solís and F. O. Sarmiento.  2020.  Montology: An Integrative Understanding of Mountain Foodscapes for Strengthening Food Sovereignty in the Andes. Pp. 391-405.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

Sarmiento, F.O. and L.M. Frolich.  2020.  Sustainability Thinking: The Road Ahead.  Pp. 415-418.  In: Sarmiento, F.O. and Larry M. Frolich (editors).  The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability. Edward Elgar Publishing. Glos, UK and Massachusetts, USA. 428pp.

*Sarmiento, F.O.  2019.  Prólogo.  Pp. 3-4. In: Barrena, M.A., Maicel, J.L., Oliva, M., Gamarra, O.A., Ordinola, C.L., Leiva, S.T., Taramona, L.A. y Huanes. M.A.  Fundamentos de la Producción de Biogás.  Universidad Nacional Toribio Rodríguez de Mendoza de Amazonas. Instituto de Investigaciones de Desarrollo Sustentable de la Ceja de Selva.  Fondo Editorial UNTRM.  Chachapoyas, Peru.

*Sarmiento, F.O.  2018.  Sacred foods of Ecuador: The Utawallu runakuna people of the Tropical Andes. Pp.103-114. In: Xu, J., A. Stevenson and S. Yufang (editors). Mountain Futures: Inspiration and Innovation from the World’s Highlands. World Agroforestry Center.

*González, J.A. and F.O. Sarmiento. 2018.  Quinoa Uncovered: The sacred food of the Andes.  Pp. 99-102. In: Xu, J., A. Stevenson and S. Yufang (editors). Mountain Futures: Inspiration and Innovation from the World’s Highlands. World Agroforestry Center.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2017. Syncretic farmscape transformation in the Andes: an application of Borsdorf’s religious geographies of the Andes.  Pp.35-53.  In: Sanchez, R., Hidalgo, R. and Arenas, F. (Editors).  Re-conociendo las geografías de América Latina y el Caribe.  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2016.    Neotropical Mountains Beyond Water Supply: Environmental Services as a Trifecta of Sustainable Mountain Development. Pp. 309-324. In: Greenwood, G. & J. Shroder (editors). Mountain Ice and Water: Investigations of the hydrologic cycle in alpine environments  Elsevier. New York.

Resler, L. and F.O. Sarmiento.  2016.  Mountain Geographies.  Oxford Bibliographies in Geography.  Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2015. On the Antlers of a Trilemma: Rediscovering Andean Sacred Sites. Chapter 5. In: Rozzi, R., S.T.A. Pickett, J. B. Callicot, F. S. T. Chapin III, M.E. Power and J.J. Armesto (editors). Earth Stewardship: Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice. New York: Springer.

Frolich, L., P. Aguirre and F.O. Sarmiento.  2015.  Cuatro mitologías binarias aplicadas a la sustentabilidad de vida urbana: El caso de la ciudad de Ibarra, Ecuador.  Pp35-52.  In:  Aguirre, P. (Ed). Sustentabilidad: Principios y Prácticas. Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen, Germany.

Sarmiento, F.O. and X. Viteri O.  2015.  Discursive Heritage: Sustaining Andean Cultural Landscapes Amidst Environmental Change.  Taylor, K., A. St Clair & N.J. Mitchell (Eds). Conserving Cultural Landscapes: Challenges and New Directions.  Routledge, New York.

Sarmiento, F.O., E. Bernbaum, J, Lennon and J. Brown.  2015. Managing cultural heritage.  In: Worboys, G. et al (editors).  UCN’s Global Guide for Protected Area Management.  E-Book.  Earthscan.  Sydney, Australia.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2013. Lo Andino: Integrating Stadel's views into the larger Andean identity paradox for sustainability. In: Borsdorf, A. (Editor). Christopher Stadel Festschrift. Innsbruck. Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Sarmiento, F.O., R. Russo & B. Gordon. 2013. Tropical Mountains Multifunctionality: Dendritic Appropriation of Rurality or Rhyzomic Community Resilience as Food Security Panacea. Pp. 55-66. In: Pillarisetti, J.R., R. Lawrey & A. Ahmad (editors) Multifunctional Agriculture, Ecology and Food Security: International Perspectives. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2013. Paisaje Cultural Patrimonial del Ecuador: Una Categoría de Manejo Territorial. pp. 31-43. In: Ministerio de Cultura y Patrimonio (Editor). Paisajes Culturales: Reflexiones Conceptuales y Metodológicas. Memorias del I Encuentro de Expertos. Cuenca, Ecuador.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2011.  Sustainability and the Biosphere Reserve: A compromise between Biodiversity, Conservation and Farmscape Transformation.  Pp: 19-23. In: Austrian MAB Committee (editors). Biosphere Reserves in the Mountains of the World. Excellence in the Clouds? An Austrian contribution to the 40th anniversary of UNESCO's MAB Programme. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press: Vienna. 120pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2010.  Geomorphology of Natural and Human Induced Disasters in Ecuador.  Pp  156-163.  In: Latrubese, E. (editor).  Natural Hazards and Human-Exacerbated Disasters in Latin America.  Volume 13: Special Volumes in Geosmorphology.  Elsevier Science. 510pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2009.  Páramo: Language Hegemony and Politics of Translation in Andean Prehensive Environments and Conservation Implications. Pp: 89-95. In:  Victor, R (editor).  Mountains of the World: Ecology, Conservation and Sustainable Development.  Sultan Qaboos University.  Muscat, Oman. 256pp.

Sarmiento, F.O., C. Cotacachi and L. E. Carter. 2008.  Sacred Imbakucha: Intangibles in the Conservation of Cultural Landscapes in Ecuador.  Pp. 125-144, In: Josep M. Mallarach (editor).  Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Landscapes.  Volume 2 in the series, Protected Landscapes and Seascapes.  IUCN and GTZ.  Kaspareg Verlag, Heidelberg. 207pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2008.  Participer Aux Travaux.  Pp.87-113.  In:  B. Debarbieux et al. (editors).  Enfants des Montagnes du Monde.  Editorial Glenat.  Grenoble: France. 160pp.  

Sarmiento, F.O.  2008.  Agrobiodiversity in the farmscapes of the Quijos River in the Tropical Andes, Ecuador.  Pp 22-30.  In:   Amend, T, J. Brown, A. Kothari, A. Phillips and S. Stolton. (editors). Protected Landscapes and Agrobiodiversity Values. Volume 1 in the series, Protected Landscapes and Seascapes.  IUCN and GTZ.  Kaspareg Verlag, Heidelberg. 139pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2007. (With Mallarach, J.M., J. Morrison, A. Kothari, J.A. Atauri and B. Wishitemi)  In defense of protected landscapes: A reply to criticisms of category V and suggestions for improvement. Pp37-42. In:  Dudley, N. and S. Stolton (editors). Defining Protected Areas: An International Conference in Almeria, Spain. IUCN- Gland. 176pp.

Sarmiento, F.O. 2007.  Paisajes culturales e identidad latinoamericana.  Memorias del II Encuentro Cultural Latinoamericano (8pp MS). Instituto de Patrimonio Cultural. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela. 79pp. [Cultural Landscapes and Latin American Identity: Proceedings of the II Latin American Cultural Encounter]

Sarmiento, F.O.  2006.  Andean Treeline dynamics and the human dimension of landscape change in the Andes.  Pp 233-234.  In:  Price, M. (editor).  Global Change in Mountain Regions.  Sapiens Publishing: Wiltshire, UK.  398pp.

Sarmiento, F.O., G. Rodríguez and A. Argumedo.  2005.  Cultural landscapes of the Andes: Indigenous and colono culture, traditional knowledge and ethno-ecological heritage.  Pp: 143-156.   In: Brown, J., N. Mitchel and M. Beresford (editors).  The Protected Landscape Approach: Linking Nature, Culture and Community.  World Conservation Union IUCN: Gland and Cambridge: 262pp.

Sarmiento, F.O., E.O. Box and E. L. Usery. 2004.  GIScience and tropical mountains: A challenge for geoecological research. Pp: 289-307.  In:  Bishop M.P. and J.F. Shroder Jr. (editors).  Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology.  Springer-Praxis Publishing Ltd.: Chichester, UK and Germany: 486pp.

*Sarmiento, F.O.  2003.  Protected landscapes in the Andean context: workshiping the sacred in nature and culture.  Pp.: 239-249.  In:  Harmon, D., and A. Putney (editors).   The Full Value of Parks.  Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.  Lanham, MA: 347 pp.

Sarmiento, F.O. and J.J. Hidalgo.  2003.  Las Montañas Latinoamericanas: Una Prioridad Regional. Pp. 37-41. En: Sarmiento, F.O. (editor).  Montañas del Mundo: Una Prioridad Global con Perspectivas Latinoamericanas.  Editorial Abya-Yala, Quito: 669pp.  [Human impact on tropandean landscapes.  In: Mountains of the World: a global priority with Latin American perspectives]

Sarmiento, F.O. and L. Frolich.  2003.  Impacto humano en los paisajes tropandinos. Pp. 561-580. En: Sarmiento, F.O. (editor).  Montañas del Mundo: Una Prioridad Global con Perspectivas Latinoamericanas.  Editorial Abya-Yala, Quito: 669pp.  [Human impact on tropandean landscapes.  In: Mountains of the World: a global priority with Latin American perspectives]

Sarmiento, F.O.  2002.  La mejor práctica de manejo para conservación es la Categoría V.  Pp. 43-52. En:  Bandarín, F. (editor).  Paisajes Culturales en Mesoamérica.  UNESCO-Centro de Patrimonio Mundial. San José: 203pp. [Category V as the best management practice for conservation.  In: Mesoamerican Cultural Landscapes]

Sarmiento, F.O.  2001.  Worshiping the sacred in nature and culture in protected landscapes of the Andes.  Pp. 63-67.  In:  UNESCO thematic expert meeting on Asia-Pacific Sacred Mountains.  World Cultural Center, Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, Wakayama Prefecture Government.  Wakayama City: 310pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2001.  Biodiversidad de los paisajes culturales de la ecorregión tropandina.  Pp: 108-109.  En: Primack R., R. Rozzi., P. Feissinger, R. Dirzo and F. Massardo (editors).  Fundamentos de Conservación Biológica: Perspectivas Latinoamericanas.  Fondo de Cultura Económica.  México DF: 796pp.   [Biodiversity of the cultural landscapes of the tropandean ecoregion.  In: Fundamentals of Biological Conservation]

Sarmiento, F.O.  2001.  Ecuador.  Pp 497-548.  In:  Kapelle, M. and A. Brown.  Bosques Nublados del Neotrópico. National Institute of Biodiversity (InBIO): San José, Costa Rica. 698pp.  [Ecuador.  In: Neotropical Cloud Forests]

Sarmiento, F.O.  2000.  Restoration of Andean Montane Forests for Conservation and Development.  Pp. 59-69.  In:  Price, M. and N. Butt (editors).  Forests in Sustainable Mountain Development: A State of Knowledge Report for 2000". IUFRO. CABI Publications. Oxford: 590pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  2000. Prólogo y artículo: Los Desafíos de la Ecología en Latinoamérica en el Próximo Milenio.  Pp. 43-48. En: Jiménez, P. (editor).  Ecología y Desarrollo Sostenible: Reto de América Latina para el Tercer Milenio. Memorias del IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Ecología.  Instituto Regional de Ciencias Ambientales, UNSA, Arequipa. 284pp.   [Prologue and article:  The challenges of Ecology in Latin America in the next millennium. In: Sustainable development and ecology: the challenge for Latin America into the next millennium].

Sarmiento, F.O.  2000.  Lexical and cognitive issues for mountain research: A need to understand Andean landscapes?  Pp.-101-105. In:  Debarbieux, B. and F. Guillet (editors). Mountain regions: A research subject? International Mountain Research Workshop.  Autrans. 234pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  1999.  Terminología ecológica unificada para conservación y desarrollo sustentable de América Latina. Pp. 265-268. En: Sarmiento, F.O. and J. Hidalgo (editores). Desarrollo Sustentable de Montañas: Entendiendo las interfaces ecológicas para la gestión de los paisajes culturales en los Andes.  Memorias III Simposio Internacional AMA.  Corporación Editora Nacional. Quito: 406 pp.  [Ecological terminology unified for conservation and sustainable development of Latin America.  In:  Sustainable Mountain Development: Understanding ecological interfaces for the management of Andean Cultural Landscapes].

Sarmiento, F.O.  1997.  Restauración de paisajes Tropandinos: el desafío para la conservación de áreas frágiles en los Andes Tropicales. Pp 375-383. In: Liberman, M. and C. Baeid (editores).  Desarrollo sostenible de ecosistemas de montaña: Manejo de áreas frágiles en los Andes.  UNU-PL-480.  La Paz: 473pp.   [Restoration of Tropandean landscapes: a conservation challenge for fragile areas in the tropical Andes. In: Sustainable development of mountains: managing Andean fragile areas]

Sarmiento, F.O. 1995. Restoration of Equatorial Andes: The challenge for conservation of tropandean landscapes. pp. 637-651  In: Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests.  Churchill, S., H. Balslev, E. Forero and J. Luteyn (editors).  The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY: 702pp.

Sarmiento, F.O.  1993.  Human impacts on the cloud forests of the upper Guayllabamba river basin, Ecuador, and suggested management responses. pp. 183-190.  In: Tropical Montane Cloud Forests.   Hamilton, L., J.Juvik and F. Scatena (editors).  The East West Center.  Honolulu: 284pp.


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