Undergraduate Coordinator

Contact info

Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 110
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Research Interests:

Neotropical mountains, biogeography, political ecology and cultural landscapes

  • BS (1988), Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito
  • MS (1991), The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Ph.D. (1996), The University of Georgia, Athens
Of note:
  • Inaugural keynote speaker at the IV Latin American Congress of Ecology
  • Keynote speaker at the I International Congress of Biodiversity Conservation of the Andes and the Amazon
  • Chaired the workshop on Mountain Protected Areas for the first Latin American Congress of National Parks.
  • In 1999, the Honor Society for International Scholars Phi Beta Delta, Tau Chapter, recognized him as the "Outstanding Faculty of the Year".
  • In 2001, the Mountain Geography Specialty Group (MGSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) gave him the "Outstanding Recent Accomplishment Award" for his work "in fostering sustainable development in mountain environments".
  • In 2007, the UGA-Student Government Association recognized him for excellence in teaching and valuable contributions to students.
  • Executive Director of the Ecuadorian Museum of Natural Sciences in Quito and chief ecologist consultant at AECOTAL in Ecuador.
  • In the United States, he was co-Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies until 2002, when he became Director if the Office of International Education of the University of Georgia until 2005.
  • In 2004, Dr. Sarmiento participated in the II Cultural Encounter of the Americas to discuss Identity and Cultural Landscapes.
  • He was selected as juror for the BBVA Foundation for the prestigious International Prize on Actions on Biodiversity Conservation.
  • The International Center for Mediterranean Studies in Zaragoza invited him as juror for the graduating class of 2005 of Integrated Environmental Planning and rural development.
  • In addition, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award for the International Education Administrator Program to Japan.
Courses Regularly Taught:
Selected Publications:
  • 1991. Diccionario Ecológico Energético Ecuatoriano.Reprinted (from 1986) by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, San Juan.
  • 1992. "Research in Topandean Protected Areas of Ecuadorian Landscapes." The George Wright Forum, 9(3-4):148-160.
  • 1994. "Human Impacts on the Cloud Forests of the Upper Guayllabamba River, Ecuador." Ecological Studies, 110:284-295.
  • 1995. "The Birthplace of Ecology." Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 76(2):104-105
  • 1995. "Restoration of Equatorial Andes: The Challenge for Conservation of Tropandean Landscapes." Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests. 637-651. Churchill, S., H. Balslev, E. Forero and J. Luteyn, editors. The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx.
  • 1997. "Arrested Succession in Pastures Hinders Regeneration of Tropandean Forests and Shreds Mountain Landscapes." Environmental Conservation, 24(1):14-23.
  • 1997. "Landscape Regeneration by Seeds and Successional Pathways to Restore Fragile Tropandean Slopelands." Mountain Research and Development, 17(3):239-252.
  • 1997. "The Quijos River Valley: a Protected Landscape as Best Management Practice for Conservation and Development in Tropandean Ecuador". The George Wright Forum, 14(3):59-66.
  • 1998. "Seed Inputs to Microsite Patch Recovery on Two Tropandean Landslides in Ecuador." (with R. Myster). Restoration Ecology, 6(1):35-43.
  • 1998. Ecología: El Puente Entre Ciencia y Sociedad. (with E. P. Odum). Editorial McGraw Hill, Interamericana de Mexico, Mexico D. F.
  • 1998. "Restauración de los Hábitats Criticos del Paisaje Tropandino Ecuatoriano". Geografía Aplicada y Desarrrollo, 37:63-86.
  • 1999. "To Mt. Chimborazo: in the steps of Alexander Von Humboldt". Mountain Research & Development, 19(2):77-78.
  • 1999. "Los desafíos de la Ecología en América Latina en el próximo milenio". Persona y Sociedad, 13 (1): 14-26.
  • 1999. Desarrollo Sustentable de Montañas: Entendiendo las interfaces ecológicas para la gestión de paisajes culturales en los Andes. (with J. Hidalgo, editors). Corporación Editora Nacional, Quito, Ecuador.
  • 2000. Restoration of Andean Forests for Conservation and Development. In: M. Price & N. Butt (Editors). Forests in Sustainable Mountain Development: a State-of-the-knowledge Report for 2000. IUFRO-FAO. Oxford. CAB Publishing Co.
  • 2000. "Breaking Mountain Paradigms: Ecological Effects on Human Impacts in Man-aged Tropandean Landscapes". Ambio 29(7):423-431.
  • 2001. Diccionario Latinoamericano:Ecología de Paisajes,Conservación y Desarrollo Sustentable. Editorial Abya Yala, Quito, Ecuador.
  • 2001. "Les enjeux de la recherche sur les montagnes en matière de terminologie et de connaissances: application á l'espace andin". Revue de Géographie Alpine 89(2):73-77
  • 2001. "Mountain regions —Sustained livelihood for an increasing population?". Schwepunkt: Berge. Entwicklung lándlicher raum 6:16-18. S
  • 2001. Ecuador. pp. 497-548. In: Kappelle, M. & A. Brown (editores). Bosques Nublados del Neotrópico. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica.
  • 2001. Biodiversidad en los paisajes culturales de la ecorregión tropandina. En: Primack, R., R. Rozzi, P Feissinger, R. Dirzo & F. Massardo (eds). pp 108-109. Fundamentos de Conservación Biológica: Perspectivas Latinoamericanas. Fondo de Cultura Económica, México.
  • 2001. Worshiping the sacred in nature and culture in protected landscapes of the Andes. Pp. 63-67. In: UNESCO thematic expert meeting on Asia-Pacific Sacred Mountains. World Cultural Center, Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, Wakayama Prefectural Government. Wakayama City.
  • 2002. Ecología de Paisajes. Teoría y Aplicación. (with Naveh, Z.) A. Lieberman, C. Ghersa. 2002. Edición de estudientes. Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires, EUDEBA. Argentina. 571 pp.
  • 2002. "Anthropogenic landscape change in highland Ecuador". The Geographical Review 92(2):213-234.
  • 2002. "Andean Cloud Forest Tree-Lines: Naturalness, Agriculture and the Human Dimension". Mountain Research and Development 22(3):278-287 (with L. Frolich)
  • 2002. "Impulsores de cambio del paisaje: dinámica de las líneas de árboles en la montología neotropical". Ecotrópicos, 15 (2):129-146.
  • 2002. "Gerardo Budowski: A beacon to conservation of tropical mountains". Mountain Research and Development 22(2): 197-198.
  • 2003. Las Montañas del Mundo: Una Prioridad Global con Perspectives Latinoamericanas. (editor). Editorial Abya-Yala, Quito. 669pp.
  • 2003. "Paisajes culturales en Centroamérica: la mejor práctica de manejo para conservación es la categoría V". In: UNESCO thematic expert meeting on Central American Cultural Protected Landscapes. San José, Costa Rica.
  • 2003. "Protected landscapes in the Andean concept: worshiping the sacred in nature and culture". pp 239-249. In: Harmon, D. & . A. Putney. (editors). The full value of parks: from economics to the intangible. Smithsonian Institution Press.
  • 2003. "A protected landscape candidate in the Tropical Andes of Ecuador". Parks 13 (2): 42-51. (with Chaurette E. and J. Rodriguez)
  • 2004. "Selling the public on sustainable watershed conservation". Bulletin of Latin American Reserach, 23(3): 322-337 (with J. Pugh).
  • 2004. GIScience and tropical mountains: a challenge for geoecological research incorporating the third dimension. (with Usery, L. & E. Box). In: Bishop, M. & J. Shroder (editors). Geopgraphic Informtion Science and Mountain Geomorphology. Praxis Scientific Publishing-Springer Verlag.
  • 2005. Cultural Landscapes of the Andes: Indigenous and Colono Culture, Traditional Knowledge and Ethno-Ecological Heritage. In: Brown, J. & N. Mitchell (eds). Cultural Landscape Approach for Conservation. IUCN/Countryside Agency. United Kingdom. (with Rodríguez, G. and A. Argumedo).
  • 2005.  Ethnoecology of the tropical Andes: Avian indicators of landscape change in highland Ecuador.  Pirineos 160: 87-119.
  • 2006.  Andean Treeline dynamics and the human dimension of landscape change in the Andes.  Pp 233-234.  In:  Price, M. (editor).  Global Change in Mountain Regions.  Sapiens Publishing: Wiltshire, UK.  398pp.
  • 2008.  Agrobiodiversity in the farmscapes of the Quijos River in the Tropical Andes, Ecuador.  Pp 22-30.  In:   Amend, T, J. Brown, A. Kothari, A. Phillips and S. Stolton. (Editors). Protected Landscapes and Agrobiodiversity Values. Volume 1 in the series, Protected Landscapes and Seascapes.  IUCN & GTZ.  Kaspareg Verlag, Heidelberg.
  • 2008.  Changing the role of rural women in Punjab province, Pakistan.  Geographische Rundschau 4(2): 4-9. (With Aqsa Muhmad).
  • 2008. Sacred Imbakucha: Intangibles in the Conservation of Cultural Landscapes in Ecuador. In: Josep M. Mallarach (Editor). Cultural and Espiritual Values of Protected Landscapes. Volume 2 in the series, Protected Landscapes and Seascapes.  IUCN & GTZ.  Kaspareg Verlag, Heidelberg. (With César Cotacachi and Lee Ellen Carter).

Forthcoming Publications

  • Sarmiento, F. Avian indicators of landscape change: the case of Vanellus resplendens in Andean ethnoecology. Geographical Review
  • Sarmiento, F. Geomorphology of natural and human induced disasters in Ecuador. In: Latrubesse, E. (Ed). Natural Hazards and Human-Exacerbated Disasters in Latin America.Series Developments in Earth Surface Processes. Elsevier.
  • Sarmiento, F.O. (editor). Human Dimension and Farmscape Transformation in the Andes: Mountain people facing global environmental change.  (Special issue of Pirineos, the Journal of Mountain Ecology, with support from the Mountain Research Initiative MRI).
  • Donoso, M. & F. Sarmiento.  The Paute Watershed: Soil conservation in a development context of biodiversity-driven conservation policy.  Journal of Mountain Science.
  • Carter, L.E. & F. Sarmiento. Otavaleños and Cotacacheños: Local Perceptions of Sacred Sites for Farmscape Conservation in Highland Ecuador.  Journal of Human Ecology
  • Paisajes Culturales e Identidad. Memorias del Segundo Encuentro Cultural de las Américas. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela.
  • Giraldo, M. & F. Sarmiento.  Educative Land Use Planning for Tropical Agriculture: Analyzing remotely sensed data in the humid tropics of Costa Rica.  Journal of Land Use Science.

Articles featuring Fausto O. Sarmiento

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:32am

A new book on sacred natural sites, Indigeneity and the Sacred: Indigenous Revival and the Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in the Americas, was recently published by Berghahn Books. 

Fausto O. Sarmiento