Professional Bio

Dr. John All is a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Huxley College of the Environment, at Western Washington University and the author of ICEFALL: Adventures at the Wild Edges of Our Dangerous, Changing World.  He is also the Director of the Mountain Environments Research Institute at Western Washington and the Executive Director of the American Climber Science Program - an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  He is a geoscientist whose life has been devoted to exploration around the world as he examines how climate change and resource management interact to impact communities and the biosphere in mountainous regions. Dr. All did his undergraduate work at Duke University.  He has a JD law degree in International Environmental Law and a Master’s Certificate in Environmental Ethics from the University of Georgia. John did his PhD in Geography, Applied Anthropology, and Global Environmental Change at the University of Arizona.  Dr. All worked with the United Nations for 6 years as a Program Officer for the Climate Change and Human Health Initiative, has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Arizona, Tribhuvan University in Nepal, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru, and was most recently at Western Kentucky University. He has over forty scholarly works and has received over $2,000,000 in research funding and exploration grants. He is a member of the IUCN Mountain Specialist Protected Areas Network, and on the Geology and Geography Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


All, J., M. Medler, S. Arques, R. Cole, T. Woodall, J. King, J. Yan, and C. Schmitt.  2017. Fire Response to Local Climate Variability: Huascaran National Park, Peru.  Fire Ecology 13(2):85-104, DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.130288764.

All, J., and J. Balzar. 2017. ICEFALL: Adventures on the Wild Edges of our Dangerous, Changing Planet.  Public Affairs, NY. 248 pp.

All, J. 2017. Human-Environment Interactions: Current and Future Directions.  E. Brondizio and E. Moran, eds. The AAG Review of Books. 5(2):103-05.

Thapa, S., J. All, and R. Yadav. 2016. Effects of Livestock Grazing in Pastures in the Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepalese Himalaya. Mountain Research and Development. 36(3):311-319. 

Weintraub, S., R. Cole, C. Schmitt, and J. All. 2016. Climatic controls on the isotopic composition and availability of soil nitrogen across mountainous tropical forest.  Ecosphere. 7(8):1-13. 

Pricope, N.G., All, J.D. and Miles, L. 2016. Anthropogenic and environmental disturbance factors in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. In Human and Environmental Changes in South-East Asia. R.B. Singh and P. Prokop (editors), Springer Inc.

Pricope, N., A. Gaughan, J. All, M. Binford and L. Rutina.  2015. Spatio-temporal analysis of vegetation dynamics in relation to shifting inundation and fire regimes: disentangling environmental variability from land management decisions in a southern African transboundary watershed. Land. 4(3):627-655.  doi:10.3390/land4030627

Mainali, J., J. All, P. Jha, and D. Bhuju.  2015.  Montane Forest Responses to Climate Variability and Change in the Central Himalayas of Nepal.  Mountain Research and Development.  35(1):66-77. doi:10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-13-00101.1

C. G. Schmitt, J. D. All, J. P. Schwarz, W. P. Arnott, R. J. Cole, E. Lapham, and A. Celestian. 2015.  Measurements of light absorbing particulates on the glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.  The Cryosphere.  9:331-340.  doi:10.5194/tc-9-331-2015 

Pricope, N., M. Binford, and J. All.  2014.  Disentangling the Effects of Environmental Variability from Land Management Decisions on Changing Semi-Arid Savanna Landscapes in Southern Africa using Remote Sensing.  Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.  80(11):1005-1013.

R. Cole, J. All, C. Schmitt, and M. Lopez.  2014.  Remote Sensing and Ground-Based Measurements across a Remote Rainforest Transect.  Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.  80(9):817-822.  Cover Article.

All, J.  2014.  Remote Sensing Challenges in Mountainous Regions. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 80(8):710-11.  Includes interview.

All, J, N. Pricope, and K. Humagain.  2014.  Connecting Pixels with People to Examine Environmental Changes in the Mt. Everest Region of Nepal.  Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.  80(7):600-604.  Cover Article.

Schmitt, C., J. All, R. Cole, A. Celestian, P. Arnott.  2014.  Linking Remote Sensing and In-Situ Detection of Black Carbon on Tropical Glaciers. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 80(5):385-390.  Cover Article.

All, J.  2013.  Following in the Footsteps of Legends while studying Climate Change on Mt. Everest.  FOCUS on Geography.  56(1): 8-22.

All, J.  2013. Himalayan Alpine Shrub and Meadows - Western.  In R. Howarth, (Editor).  Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia, Salem Press.  Pp. 649-652.

Despain, J, J. Mosenfelder, A. Bird, P. Kambesis, and J. All.  2012.  Return to Whigpistle – cave exploration in central Kentucky.  National Speleological Society (NSS) News.  70(5):8-18.

All, J.  2010.  Climate Change in the Central Himalayas of Nepal.  Mountain Views.  4(1):7-9.

All, J.  2010. Adaptation to Climate Change.  In B. Warf, (Editor).  Encyclopedia of Geography, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.  pp. 9-12.

All, J.  2010. Global Environmental Change.  In B. Warf, (Editor).  Encyclopedia of Geography, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.  pp. 1334-1338.

All, J.  2010. Symptoms and Effects of Climate Change.  In B. Warf, (Editor).  Encyclopedia of Geography, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.  pp. 2770-2773.

All, J. D.  2010.  Futile Quest for ‘Protect Areas’ in Nepal. US Fulbright Foundation Bulletin.  27(1):3-6.

All, J. 2009.  GIS/Remote Sensing Techniques for Resource Management and Biodiversity Protection in Mountainous Regions.  Botanica Orientalis.  6(1):93-99.

All, J., P. Kambesis, R. Elrod, and J. Goldsmith.  2009.  Stormwater Remediation in a Karst Watershed: Bowling Green, KY.  Stormwater.  10(3):52-57.

All, J.  2009.  Climate Change and Mountains – Recent Science.  American Alpine News

All, J. and J. Nelson.  2008.  Remote Sensing Quantification of Wetland Habitat Change in South Carolina: Implications for Coastal Resource Policy.  Geographical Bulletin.  49(2):87-102.

All, J.  2008.  Jackpot Cave and Landowner Relations.  National Speleological Society News.  66(10):21-22.

All, J. and N. Pricope.  2008.  Viewpoints: How Can Sustainable Land Management Contribute to Mitigating Climate Change?  Natural Resources Forum.  32(3):252-256.

All, J. D., A. Wulff, and A. J. Iovanna.  2008.  Using Geoinformatics to Examine Residential Radon Vulnerability.  Southeastern Geographer.  48(1): 97-109.

All, J. D.  2007.  International Application of the Endangered Species Act: the Colorado River Delta, Mexico.  Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law.  21(2):81-97.

All, J. D.  2007.  Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: Using Geoinformatics to Inform Resource Policy in the Gulf of California, Mexico.  Environmental Management.  40: 7-11.

All, J. D.  2007.  Colorado River Floods, Droughts, and Shrimp Fishing in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico.  CSA Illumina - ASFA 1:Biological Sciences & Living Resources.  (Electronic Publication Database).

All, J. D.  2006.  Climate Change is Affecting the World’s Mountains.  American Alpine News.  12(255):18-19.

All, J. D. 2006.  Geoinformatics and Policy: the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico.  Environmental Informatics Archives.

All, J. D. 2006.  Colorado River Floods, Droughts, and Shrimp Fishing in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico.  Environmental Management, 37(1):111-125.

All, J. D.  2006.  The Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.  IN Current Issues in Stormwater Regulation in Kentucky, 9-22.  Lorman Educational Services, Eau Claire, WI. 

Tope, S., J. D. All, A. Ernest, and K. Andrew.  2006.  Using GIS to Identify Biological Warfare Agents as Threats to Drinking Water Supplies.  Proceedings of the First Asia-Pacific Conference for ESRI Users.  January 12-13.  Hong Kong, China.

All, J. D., C. Groves, and P. Kambesis.  2005.  Ghost Cave, Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan.  Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Speleology.  August 21 – 28.  Athens, Greece. Vol 1:355-357.  Hellenic Speleological Society Publication.

All, J. D.  2004.  The Colorado River Delta of Mexico: ‘Endangered’ Species Refuge. IN Janelle, D. G., B. Warf, and K. Hansen, eds.  WorldMinds: Geographical Perspectives on 100 Problems, 317 – 320.  Association of American Geographers Publication, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands. 

All, J. D. and S. Yool.  2004. Indexing Endangered Species Risk in the Colorado River Delta, Mexico using AVHRR NDVI Time Series Data.  Geocarto International, 19(4): 5-13.

All, J. D. 2003.  Impacts of Karst Surface Characteristics upon Residential Radon Values.  Proceedings from the International Conference on Karst Hydrogeology and Ecosystems.  Bowling Green, KY.  June 3-6, 2003.

Sprigg, W.A. and J. D. All.  2001. Climate Variability and Human Health, In: Proceedings of the Biennial Environment and Health Symposium, Ministry of Health/ Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil.

Comrie, A. C., D. K. Adams, J. D. All, J. E. Diem, A. E. Hessl, K. F. Kipfmueller, and M. W. Slazer. 1998.  Seasonal and interannual climate controls on forest and wildland fire in the Southwest.  Proceedings, American Meteorological Society 23rd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, November 2-6, Albuquerque, NM.