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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
September 2, 2010

I have been working with the staff of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1995, with Dr. Goulden, Dr. Jon Gelhaus and others. At the time, we worked on an NSF-funded research project to study Lake Hovsgol in northern Mongolia. This was my first experience working with American scientists, and American institution for research/education. This great experience was intellectually rewarding and with the support and backing by the Academy's scientists, this collaborative effort only expanded. In 2002-2006, we worked together on a GEF-funded project and it served as a stepping stone in the career of many young scientists (not only Mongolian, but also international). The Hovsgol GEF project employed over 20 young individuals and most of them got doctorate positions in universities all over the world (USA, Japan, Germany, China etc), and some had already finished their degree (in USA, Russia, Japan). I know of many other international scientists who were in their early careers and finished their MSc, PhD degrees as a result of this joint effort. Dr. Goulden and Dr. Gelhaus both are still working in Mongolia. It started with an institute to study ecology and biodiversity in Mongolia, founded by Dr. Goulden and Dr. Gelhaus. Now it expanded into the Asia Center. This shows a great deal of perseverence not only on the scientists' part, but also on the part of the Academy's administration. What I know has started from the Academy and for this, I am always grateful.

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international collaborative research effort, publication, education campaign and capacity building.

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2010

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Professional with expertise in this field & I collaborated with ANSP since 1995.