Researcher examines sherpas’ views of climate change on Mount Everest

Pasang Yangjee Sherpa will present “What do Sherpas Think About Climate Change on Mount Everest?” at noon on Wednesday, January 28, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public and can be viewed online.

Sherpa is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State. She earned her doctorate at Washington State University in Anthropology and is the recipient of 2014 Senior Fellowship Award from the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies. Her research areas include international development, climate change, indigenous peoples, sherpas and South Asia.

trail to everest

The trail to Mount Everest — photo provided by Pasang Yangjee Sherpa

This presentation is based on Sherpa’s 15 months of ethnographic fieldwork in the Everest region and in Kathmandu between 2010 and 2012. It focuses on the sherpas of the Mount Everest region in Nepal and discusses their concerns with climate change. It will also look at what is next for the sherpas and future research in this area.

This is the latest presentation in a series of seminars on indigenous research, co-sponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge and the Penn State University Libraries. For more information on the series, and to view past presentations on indigenous knowledge, go to If you need more information on accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Helen Sheehy 814-863-1347 in advance of your participation.