Subject: Speaker Series - August 4th 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
 Cooperation for conservation in Mongolia: international and interdisciplinary opportunities, plus discussion of recent research in restoration ecology 
Speaker: Eli Hornstein 

5:30 PM, Tuesday - August 4th, 2015, Library of American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

Mongolia is excellently positioned to be a conservation success story: this country entered the new millennium with limited environmental degradation and the least dense population on the planet, on the heels of an environmental balance that withstood thousands of years and many political systems. However, we must now face some of the most extreme conservation challenges that threaten to derail Mongolia’s chances for sustainability. A growing population with a rising standard of living demands more resources even as Mongolia is predicted to be among the most extremely damaged regions by global climate change.
This talk will cover two topics. First, we will consider the infrastructure that will be needed to support environmental research and conservation that effectively solve the problems we face. Second, as an example of just one of thousands of questions that must be answered under such an infrastructure, I will describe a very recent laboratory project to determine the growth characteristics of Gobi plants that will be used to restore mining lands.
About the Presenter

  About the Speaker: Eli Hornstein 

Eli is a 2014-2015 Fulbright research fellow at the National University of Mongolia. His research here covers conservation issues across multiple levels, from the biology of individual organisms to national environmental policy. He has spent the past year on a combination of field and laboratory work addressing conservation challenges in Mongolia’s evolving land usage patterns driven by economic and demographic changes.

In addition to the current Fulbright fellowship, Eli has been the recipient of numerous academic awards including the FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) federal language study grant, a Smithsonian Institution Short-term Fellowship, a Kenan-Biddle innovation grant and the Robertson Scholarship. He studied Evolutionary Biology at Duke University as well as Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Entirely coincidental to his current work in Mongolian ecology, Eli has also published research on the Old Mongolian writing system while working on his linguistics degree.


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