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Jack D. Ives

Adjunct Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Nottingham), Ph.D. (McGill)


Jack Ives received his B.A honours first class, Geography, U of Nottingham, 1953; Ph D. McGill U., Geography (geomorphology) 1956; (married Pauline Angela H. Cordingley, 11 September 1954 and emigrated to Canada [Montreal] same month). Director, McGill Subarctic Research Lab., Schefferville, and Assist. Prof., Dept of Geography, McGill U., 1957-1960; Assist. Director and Director, Geographical Branch, Energy, Mines and Resources, Canada, 1960-67. Director, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, U of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA, 1967-1979 and Full Professor, Geography, 1967-1989. Professor of Mountain Geoecology (Chair of Dept of Geography [1989- 1993] and Prof. Division of Environmental Studies, U of Calif., Davis, [1993-1997]). Chair, International Working Group, UNESCO MAB Programme, Project 6 – 1973-1975. Research Coordinator, United Nations University – Project on Mountain Ecology and Sustainable Development, 1978-2000 (involved fieldwork in Himalaya, N. Thailand, Tibet, Tajikistan, Ecuadorian Andes. Chair, Intntl. Geogr. Union, Commission on Mountain Geoecology, 1972-1980 and 1988-1996); present position – Senior Advisor on Mountain Ecology and Sustainable Development. Official delegate to Rio de Janeiro 1992 Earth Summit (UNCED).

Over 180 publications – scientific papers, books. Founder and Editor (1968-1980) quarterly journal Arctic and Alpine Research. Founder and Editor (1980-2000) quarterly journal Mountain Research and Development. Supervised over 50 Masters and Ph D students and 18 Post-doctoral fellows – from China, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, and Ecuador.

Research Interests

  • Mountain geoecology
  • human impacts on mountain environments
  • development
  • Landscape change
  • deforestation, poverty, and gender
  • catastrophic events
  • Pleistocene and Holocene history of the Canadian Eastern Arctic and Iceland

Recent Publications

Formation of Glacial Lakes in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya and GLOF Risk Assessment, with Shrestha, R.B. and Mool, P. K., International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal. 2010, IN PRESS.

The Land Beyond: A Memoir, University of Alaska Press, March 2010.

Evaluating the growth characteristics of a glacial lake and its degree of danger of outburst flooding: Imja Glacier, Khumbu Himal, Nepal. With Watanabe, T. and Lamsal, D. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, Vol. 63: 255-267, Dec. 2009.

2007: “Skaftafell in Iceland: A thousand years of change”. Ormstunga, Reykjavik, 256 pp (large format).

2007: Icelandic language edition of above.

2005 ‘Himalayan misconceptions and distortions: What are the facts?’ Himalayan Journal of Sciences 3(5), 15-24


  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • Arctic Institute of N.A.
  • Chinese Glaciological Society
  • Central Himalayan Environmental Association
  • IUCN – Commission on Parks and Protected Areas


2007 Menningarverðlaun Hornafjarðar (region of S E Iceland; award for contributions to history and culture)

2007 Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Falcon (Iceland)

2005 Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Medal (United Kingdom)

2002 King Albert I (Belgium) Gold Medal for contributions to mountain research and development

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, 1976-77, held as Guest Prof. at University of Berne, Switzerland

Cited by Governor John Vanderhoef, Colorado, for contributions to environment of Colorado Rocky Mountains, and appointed to Governor’s Scientific Advisory Council