MtnClim 2020

September 14 – 18, 2020 in Gothic, Colorado

Anticipating climate change impacts in mountains: Embracing variability

The MtnClim research conference are sponsored by the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in the Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT) and dedicated to mountain climate sciences and effects of climate variability on ecosystems, natural resources, and conservation in western North American mountains. MtnClim conferences feature invited and contributed talks, poster sessions, field trips, and working-group sessions. Post-conference workshops address topics of interest for further discussion. MtnClim conferences convene every two years. MtnClim 2020 will be held September 14-18, 2020 at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado.

Register and Submit Abstracts HERE

Preliminary 2020 MtnClim Draft Agenda

Please join us for this year’s MtnClim meeting at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado between Monday, September 14 to Friday, September 18, 2020.

Gothic Mountain in Fall – photo by Meera Sethi

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For more information on MtnClim 2020 contact:

  • Andy Bunn, Professor, Environmental Sciences, Western Washington University and
  • Scotty Strachan, Director, Nevada Climate-ecohydrology Assessment Network, University of Nevada, Reno

Would you like to schedule a breakout session? Would you like to lead a workshop? If yes, contact the organizers Scotty Strachan or Andy Bunn at

Abstracts will be accepted through July 2, 2020. If you plan to present (a talk or a poster) have your title, a single paragraph abstract, and author/affiliation list ready before you register. Please choose at which Session (see agenda) you would like to present.

Attn students: MtnClim offers limited scholarships to defray conference costs. Please contact ASAP with a statement of need prior to registering.

Registration closes August 14, 2020.

Register and Submit Abstracts HERE

MtnClim Conference 2018 in Gothic – Photo by Scotty Strachan

Conference Logistics

The conference will be held in Gothic, Colorado. Gothic is a historic mining town that became the home of the high altitude biological field station, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), in 1928. For more information on RMBL go here.

Registration costs per participant are $345. This includes four days of meeting costs, buffet style meals, coffee and snacks, a non-refundable registration fee of $26/person, and an overhead fee going to the MtnClim organization to help support student scholarships.

Meals will be served starting with dinner on September 14, 2020 and ending with lunch on September 18, 2020. Dinner is served from 6:00 – 6:30 pm, Breakfast is served from 7:00-7:30 am; Lunch is served from 12:00-12:30pm; Meals are served during the first half hour, afterwards participants may go back for seconds. Snacks and drinks will be served during the breaks. The Dining Hall offers vegetarian and meat options but does not currently cater to vegans.

Check-in is in Gothic on Monday, September 14, 2020 between 3:00-6:00 pm in the board room of the billy barr community center. We do not recommend that people unfamiliar with the site arrive after dark, please make prior arrangements with RMBL staff, if you are arriving after 6:00 pm. RMBL staff will give a brief orientation to program participants in the beginning of their stay so participants understand policies regarding parking in designated spots, staying on the paths, and the check-out process – check out is by 2:00 pm on the day of departure.

Housing: You may stay onsite in Gothic at the field station in one of our rustic cabins, or you may choose to stay offsite in nearby Mt. Crested Butte or Crested Butte.

Onsite Housing: RMBL offers housing in Gothic in various type of cabins in the Premium, High-end, Mid-rate, Basic, or Budget range ranging from $75/day to $12.50/day. Please see here for detailed information on Gothic cabins. The assignments will be made first come first serve based on gender and cabin availability and registrants will likely be interspersed in housing with other scientists.

Fall Housing in Gothic – photo by Jeff Wyneken
  • Premium cabins are comfortable, have heat and running water (with showers): $75/night = $300 September 14-18
  • High-end cabins are comfortable, have heat, but no water: $44/night = $176 September 14-18
  • Mid-rate cabins have some heat and insulation, and no water: $31/night = $124 September 14-18
  • Basic cabins have limited heat and very limited insulation, no water: $24.50/night = $98 September 14-18
  • Budget cabins have no heat, no insulation, and no water: $12.50/night = $50 September 114-18

Participants should be aware that many of the RMBL facilities, including cabins, and the shower house are rustic. Critters and insects may be in the cabins. Some cabins are poorly insulated, do not have heat, and lack any running water. They also do not have indoor toilets or showers. Outhouses are used for toilet facilities and a common shower house is used for those residents whose cabins do not have water. The water system in terms of quantity could be unreliable, but there is reliable water in the billy barr community center, where the meetings are held. Participants should bring appropriate clothing/shoes for cool and wet conditions. RMBL does have coin-operated front loading washers and dryers available for use.

Participants are responsible for cleaning their own cabin during their stay (no maid or cleaning service) and before departure. A cleaning charge of $45/hour will be billed to the individuals, if cabins are not properly cleaned. RMBL also reserves the right to recover any damages to the cabins.

Field Trip on September 14, 2020: As part of MtnClim 2020 you may sign up for a day-long field trip near RMBL to research and conservation areas. Please click on the field trip option on September 14, 2020 when you register.

You may sign up for a sack lunch on September 14, 2020 for $15.50/person to take with you on this day long field trip. Please purchase a sack lunch that you will prepare the morning of the trip in the billy barr community center after breakfast between 7:30 and 8:00 am. The Dining Hall staff will put out the food and supplies, so that you can create your individualized sack lunch.

When you register, you may choose to stay an extra night in Gothic the night of Sunday, 9/13/20. The cost ranges from $75/day to $12.50/day in Premium, High-end, Mid-rate, Basic, or Budget cabins. Signing up for an extra night includes dinner and breakfast at the billy barr community center at an additional $28/day. Check in for Early Arrivals is available on Sunday, September 13, 2020 between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm in the board room of the billy barr community center. Dinner is at 6:00 pm.

Off-site Housing: RMBL will assist participants wishing to seek offsite housing in nearby Mt. Crested Butte or Crested Butte. Go here for some options on off-site housing. Participants are responsible for booking their own housing. Mt. Crested Butte is a 3.5-mile drive from Gothic (on a dirt road) and Crested Butte is a 7-mile drive from Gothic.

No Pets are allowed on campus;

RMBL is a smoke-free campus, smoking on the Gothic Road only

There is Wi-Fi service throughout the townsite, however, there is no cell phone service in Gothic.

Attn government employees: online payment is a single transaction with a single invoice. If separate transactions are required for registration, food, and housing, please SKIP online payment, complete the registration process, and contact Bookkeeper Jen Pierson at for separate invoicing.

Cancellation policy: Registration fees of $26/person will not be returned. 50% of the total fee paid will be returned for cancellations made after September 3, 2018. The paid fee will not be returned for cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled arrival. Fees will not be returned for early departures.

What to Bring: Participants should bring a very warm sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees) or equivalent bedding, and pillow, as it can get VERY cold at night in Gothic in September. We are at 9,500 feet and snow is common in September. RMBL typically does not provide blankets or sheets; go to What to Bring to Gothic to learn more. A limited number of linen sets at $55/set can be rented – as some of you have done as part of the registration. A set of linens includes: a fitted sheet, top sheet, blanket(s), bath towel, pillow, and pillow case. You may need to bring an additional sleeping bag/blanket for warmth.

Don’t forget to contact RMBL ( with any site-specific questions!

  • Travel Information
  • Lodging Information – Gothic or Off-Site
  • Parking is Free. Participants park in the designated RMBL parking lots ONLY described on this Parking Map. Please stay on trails!
  • Gothic Town Map
  • RMBL Conference and Housing Facilities
  • What to Bring to Gothic
  • MtnClim 2020 Welcome Handout
  • Menu MtnClim 2020
  • MtnClim 2020 Schedule
  • MtnClim 2020 Full Program
  • MtnClim  2020 Workshop/Breakout/Research Tour Detail
  • Rideshare 2020: We will set up a website for attendees to carpool. Please check your inbox for the link or email More travel information can be found here.
  • MtnClim  2020 Workshop/Breakout/Research Tour Detail
  • Posters 2020: Maximum poster size is 36” high x 48” wide. If your poster is larger than this, it will not fit
  • Presentations 2020: Your presentations will be collected at the time of registration/check in. Please bring your talk either on a flash drive or on your computer. The main projector is a native 16:10 ratio, so an HD widescreen format presentation will look best, although the older 4:3 ratio is also supported.

Questions on RMBL logistics: Contact

Workshop during MtnClim 2018 – photo by Gesa Michel