Javier Naupari - Fulbright NEXUS Scholar
Home Country: Peru
Grant Dates: 2012/2013
Dr. Javier Naupari is an Associate Professor in Rangeland Ecology and Management and head of the Rangeland Ecology Lab at the Agricultural State La Molina University in Lima, Peru. Dr. Naupari is also the Academic Coordinator of the M.S. Program in Animal Production at La Molina University. Dr. Naupari, a Fulbright alumnus, received his Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources at the University of Idaho and M.S. degree in Range Animal Production at La Molina University. His research area is remote sensing and geographic information systems applied to ecological processes in mountain range ecosystems. He is currently involved in assessing the ecological status and productivity of rangeland ecosystems and the impacts of climate change on livestock production.
Dr. Naupari and his research team at the rangeland ecology and management laboratories of La Molina have received numerous funds from national and international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank to model the economic impacts of climate change in livestock production, the International Union for Conservation of Nature to develop a conceptual framework for ecosystem delineation and ecological status assessment, the Mountain Institute to study the hydrological response of rangelands to management practices, and the International Foundation for Science to assess the nutritional status of livestock on grazing lands. Dr. Naupari and the researchers at the Range Lab are also designing adaptive strategies to improve range alpaca production systems in the highlands of Peru with the support of the Belgium universities consortium.
Dr. Naupari’s Fulbright NEXUS project has been designed to identify the main factors that affect vulnerability of Puna ecosystems and herders’ adaptive capacity to climate change impacts. Puna ecosystems, areas of land above 12000 feet, cover more than 25 million hectares of mountainous land and support more than eighty percent of the livestock population of Peru; thus, they are very important for the food security of the country. Dr. Naupari’s project is expected to find the best ways to help Puna herders to deal with climate change impacts as well as to provide tools for government and non-government organizations to improve decision making.