Dr. John All is a geoscientist whose life has been devoted to exploration around the world as he examines how climate change and resource management interact to impact communities and the biosphere in mountainous regions. Dr. All is a Research Professor of Environmental Science at Western Washington University and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the American Climber Science Program (ACSP; www.climberscience.com www.mountainscience.org ). The ACSP brings together scientists, conservationists, students, and climbers to conduct research and engage in conservation activities in remote and mountain environments of the world.
Dr. All is interested in expanding our understanding of climate change impacts on the biosphere and identifying ways in which resource management can inform climate change adaptation more broadly. He began his career with a focus on exploring the Colorado River Delta and Sierra Madre of northern Mexico as part of his PhD research. He studied similar environmental issues in southern Africa in the Okavango Delta and helped map the poorly understood greater Chobe River system. Although Dr. All found these remote locations compelling, his heart has always been in the mountains – leading him to new work in the Himalaya, Andes, and other mountain regions. Dr. All has led expeditions and done research on five continents – from deep caves to tropical rain forest, deserts and the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest and numerous other noteworthy peaks across the world.
Dr. All is a Lifetime Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York City. He worked for 6 years as a Program Officer for a UN Climate Change and Human Health Initiative and has taught at Rutgers, Tribhuvan University, and the University of Arizona. He is a member of the IUCN Mountain Protected Areas Network, a Committee Member for Geology and Geography with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the past 12 years, on the American Alpine Club’s Conservation Committee, and was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Open Remote Sensing Journal.