Steadily rising average temperatures are a subject of intense analysis, and the pristine nature of the Lake Hvsgl watershed makes it ideal for climate change studies. With funding from the National Science Foundation and private foundations, Goulden and his Mongolian colleagues have found that climate change already is damaging grazing lands of nomadic herders and appears to be linked with a recent gypsy moth outbreak.
In 2006, Goulden, along with scientists from Mongolia, Russia, Japan, and the U.S., published The Geology, Biodiversity and Ecology of Lake Hvsgl, Mongolia, which includes descriptions of several new species and describes unique characteristics of the lake. He has been the International Consultant for a Global Environment Facility grant implemented by the World Bank to study the impacts of nomadic pastoralism and climate change on the Hvsgl Watershed.
He has worked with UNESCO Mongolia to designate Lake Hvsgl National Park as a World Heritage site, and is trying to encourage eco-tourism around the lake. He has been honored as an Honorary Professor by the National University of Mongolia and has received an Honorable Environmental Officer award from the Ministry of Nature and the Environment and a Diploma of Merit from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. He has trained young Mongolian research scientists and facilitated international exchanges to build ecological research in Mongolia.
Dr. William Brown, President and CEO of The Academy of Natural Sciences, said Gouldens remarkable achievements are a springboard for expanding th
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