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 a non-profit organization (501c3 status pending), 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

Adelia Barber, GLORIA California Director

Adelia started as a volunteer with the GLORIA project in 2006, and has been directing GLORIA fieldwork in California since 2009. 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.
Connie Millar, Principal Contact for North American GLORIA Chapter & Board Member

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.
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.

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
Chris Kopp, UC San Diego and now a Post-Doc at UBC
Brian Smithers, UC Davis Plant Science Department
Meagan Oldfather, UC Berkeley
Colin Maher, Montana State

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