Dr. Jon Gelhaus, an Academy entomologist who has surveyed aquatic insects in Mongolia since 1996, also recently received a three-year, $740,000 NSF grant to inventory the freshwater insects of waterways in the Altai and the Hangai mountains of western and southcentral Mongolia, building on a previous NSF study he led on the Selenge River Basin in northcentral Mongolia. Studies of aquatic insect taxonomy and distribution provide important information for understanding insect communities, which are being threatened by mining, untreated wastes, over-grazing, fires and climate change. The baseline data will aid in future water quality monitoring programs within the Mongolian government. The project also involves American and European scientists working with Mongolian scientists and students on training programs and the development of scientific infrastructure. Academy partners include the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in Mongolia and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
Academy scientists in recent years also have conducted field surveys in Mongolia in search of Amur catfish and rotifers (microscopic aquatic invertebrates).
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The Academys history in Asia reaches back to its founding in 1812. At the time, Philadelphia merchants accounted for fully one third of the trade between America and China, as well as a significant portion of the America-India trade. These As
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