MSI hosts scientists and students from around the country to conduct research and lead courses in the San Juan Mountain Region. They work and learn in the unique mountain town of Silverton, Colorado and have access to the San Juan Mountains as their classroom without walls and endless field of inquiry. Researchers benefit from the knowledge and connections that MSI has in the region, and MSI gets to participate in exciting research opportunities. MSI also hosts classes that cover topics ranging from snow and climate to water quality and reclamation to southwestern geology.
Examples of projects hosted by MSI include:
- Study of climate change effects on American pika by Liesl Peterson, University of Colorado- Boulder.
- Independent research as well as collaboration with MSI on fen wetland restoration, Dr. Rod Chimner, Michigan Technological University.
- Litter decomposition in high-elevation forests, Dr. Edward Ayers, Colorado State University & Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Fort Lewis College.
Links to our Hosted Researchers' Websites