About Us

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GLORIA (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments) is an international network and a methodology for surveying alpine summits that was developed by a central group in Austria. In 2004, CIRMOUNT established a North American GLORIA chapter and sponsored the establishment of the first GLORIA sites in North America in the White Mountains of California. Since then, 29 GLORIA summits in 8 target regions have been added in California and Nevada.

Map with locations of our GLORIA sites

GLORIA California, is an organization that exists to support and help fund the GLORIA field work in California and Nevada. Since 2004, a number of agency partners, graduate students, and botanical volunteers have helped collect data for this collaborative project.

GLORIA California People & Board Members

Brian Smithers, Co-Director

Brian started as a volunteer with the GLORIA project in 2013, and has has been co-directing GLORIA California operations since 2017. He is currently working on his PhD in sub-alpine and alpine ecology of the Great Basin at UC Davis.

Meagan Oldfather, Co-Director

Meagan has been volunteering with the GLORIA project since 2009 and has been co-directing GLORIA California since 2017. She is currently working towards a PhD in alpine ecology at UC Berkeley.
Jim & Catie Bishop, Board Members

Jim & Catie have been an essential part of the GLORIA project since the very first California survey in 2004. They are both active in the state CNPS (California Native Plant Society) organization; Jim is our thunderstorm specialist and Catie is one of our alpine botanists.
Jan Nachlinger, Board Member

Jan is a botanist/plant ecologist and collects vascular plants & bryophytes in the Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and Sierra Nevada. She has volunteered on GLORIA projects since 2009.
Michael Koontz, Secretary

Michael has been volunteering with the GLORIA project since 2013. He is currently working towards a PhD in forest ecology at UC Davis.
Connie Millar, Founder of the North American GLORIA Chapter

Connie is a research scientist with the US Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, and has been critical to the establishment of GLORIA sites in the western states.
Adelia Barber, Past Director

Adelia started as a volunteer with the GLORIA project in 2006, and was the GLORIA Director in California from 2009 to 2016. She has a PhD from UC Santa Cruz in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, having specialized in reproduction and population biology of bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) for her dissertation.


Agencies that have helped to fund and support data collection
US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT)
White Mountain Research Station
The National Park Service CESU (Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit)
National Parks – Yosemite NP, Death Valley NP, Great Basin NP, & Sequoia NP
National Forests – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Inyo National Forest

Current & Former Graduate Students Participating in GLORIA Research
Brian Smithers, UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology
Meagan Oldfather, UC Berkeley
Michael Koontz, UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology

Agency Partners Include:
Angela Evenden, National Park Service CESU at UC Berkeley
Mark Darrach, USFS Umatilla National Forest
Alison Colwell, Yosemite National Park
Sylvia Haultain & Corie Cann, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Elizabeth Bergstrom, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Jane Cipra & Drew Kaiser, Death Valley National Park
Gretchen Baker & Meg Horner, Great Basin National Park