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MAIS 2009 Team at Khar Nuur
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Principal Investigators

 
 
Dr. Jon Gelhaus
Jon K. Gelhaus, Ph. D.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
 
Role in Altai Project:
 
Administration: Principal Investigator and Director of MAIS, Directs MAIS Laboratory-Philadelphia, MAIS Laboratory – Ulaanbaator, Organizer of Surveying Expeditions. 
 
Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (General, but including Tipuloidea)
 
Contact: Gelhaus@ansp.org
Website: http://clade.acnatsci.org/gelhaus
 
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Dr. John Morse

John Morse, Ph.D.
Clemson University

Role in Altai Project:

Administration: Co-Principal Investigator, Directs project activities at Clemson University

Taxonomic Focus: Trichoptera

Contact: jmorse@clemson.edu
Website: http://entweb.clemson.edu/faculty/morse.htm

 

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  Dr. C. RIley Nelson C. Riley Nelson, Ph. D.
Brigham Young University
 
Role in Altai Project:
 
Administration: Co-Principal Investigator, Directs MAIS Laboratory – BYU; Led 2008 Surveying Expedition, Photographic Documentation
 
Taxonomic Focus: Plecoptera, Diptera (Asilidae. Empididae)
 
Contact: rileynelson@byu.edu
Website for further information: http://lifesciences.byu.edu/old/FacStaff/default.aspx?id=181
 
 

Senior Researchers

 
 
Dr. Barbara Hayford


Barbara Hayford, Ph. D.
Wayne State College

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator, Director of Biomonitoring Sampling Program

Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (Chironomidae)

Website for further information: http://academic.wsc.edu/faculty/bahayfo1/Index.htm


 
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Alain Maasri

Alain Maasri, Ph.D.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Role: Benthic invertebrate sampling program, ecological data analysis

Website: http://www.alainmaasri.com

 

 

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  Dr. Sigitas Podenas

Sigitas Podenas, Ph. D.
Vilnius University

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator

Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (Tipuloidea - adults)

 
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  Dr. VIrginija Podeniene

Virginija Podeniene, Ph. D.
Vilnius University

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator

Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (Tipuloidea - immature stages)

 
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  Dr. Balgan Namkhaidorj

Balgan Namkhaidorj, Ph.D.
Mongolian Academy of Sciences (retired)

Role in Altai Project: Advisor on Expedition Travel, General Natural History

Taxonomic Focus: Coleoptera (Cerambycidae)

 

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  Dr. Will Bouchard, Jr.

R. Will Bouchard, Jr., Ph. D.

Role in Altai Project: Biomonitoring Sampling (2008),
Chironomidae (2008-), Development of Identification
Guide to Mongolian Invertebrates

Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (Chironomidae)

Website: http://www.entomology.umn.edu/midge/People/
Bouchard/WBouchard.htm

 
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  Dr. Chen Young

Chen Young, Ph. D.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Role in Altai Project: Coordinator of DNA barcoding for Mongolian Tipuloidea

Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (Tipuloidea)

Website: http://iz.carnegiemnh.org/inverts/staffyou.html

 

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  Dr. Wayne Mathis

Wayne Mathis, Ph. D.
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Role in Altai Project: Field Sampling of Acalypterate Diptera

Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (Ephydridae)

Website: http://entomology.si.edu/StaffPages/MathisW.htm

 
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Nergui Soninkhishig, Ph. D.
National University of Mongolia

Role in Altai Project: Coordinator of Diatom samples

Taxonomic Focus: Diatoms

Website: http://www.num.edu.mn/wrc/staff.html

 
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Dr. Andrew Short

Andrew E. Z. Short, Ph. D.
University of Kansas

Role in Altai Project: Coordinator of Coleoptera identifications

Taxonomic Focus: Coleoptera (Hydrophilidae)

Website: http://www.hydrophiloidea.org/lab/short.html

 
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Robert Kula, Ph. D.
USDA-ARS @ National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Role in Altai Project: Coordinator of Hymenoptera identifications

Taxonomic Focus: Hymenoptera (Braconidae)

Website: http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=39512

 
 

Other Researchers

 
  Odchimeg Nyamsuren Ms Odchimeg Nyamsuren
MAIS laboratory at IMH, Mongolia
Natoinal University of Mongolia (MS student)

Role in MAIS: Collaborator, working at MAIS laboratory and field sampling
 
 
 
 

Ms. Yadamsuren Oyunchuluun
MAIS Laboratory at IMH, Mongolia (2008-2009)
Clemson University (graduate student) 2010-

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator, Manager of MAIS Laboratory Activities (2008-2009), Field Coordinator, Field Sampling - Tipuloidea, Orthoptera

Taxonomic Focus: Tipuloidea

 
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  Ms. Chuluunbat Suvdtsetseg

Ms. Chuluunbat Suvdtsetseg
MAIS Laboratory at IMH, Mongolia
Clemson University (graduated MS 2008)

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator, Manager of MAIS Laboratory Activities (2010-), Field Sampling - Trichoptera

Taxonomic Focus: Trichoptera

 
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  Ms. Bolortsetseg Erdene

Ms. Bolortsetseg Erdene
Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology
National University of Mongolia (MS student)

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator, Qualitative and Quantitative Biomonitoring Sampling

Taxonomic Focus: Ephemeroptera

 
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  Ms. Enkhnasan Davaadorj

Ms. Enkhnasan Davaadorj
Mongolian Academy of Sciences
National University of Mongolia (Ph.D. student)

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator, Coleoptera field sampling

Taxonomic Focus: Coleoptera (Dytiscidae)

 
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  Ms. Sosorburam Boldbataar

Ms. Sosorburam Boldbataar
Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator, Qualitative and Quantitative Biomonitoring Sampling

Taxonomic Focus: Odonata

 
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  Ms. Sarah Judson Walker

Ms. Sarah Judson Walker
Brigham Young University (graduate student)

Role in Altai Project: Collaborator, Plecoptera field sampling,
Development of Database

Taxonomic Focus: Plecoptera

Website: http://nelsonlab.byu.edu/NelsonLab/People/
CurrentStudents.aspx#Sarah

 
 

Undergraduate Field and Laboratory Researchers

 
  Mr. Paul Frandsen

Mr. Paul Frandsen
Brigham Young University

Role in Altai Project: Yellow Pan Sampling study 2009, field sampling Diptera: Empididae

Taxonomic Focus: Diptera (Empididae)

 
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  Mr. Joss Wertz

Mr. Joss Wertz
Brigham Young University

Role in Altai Project: Yellow Pan Sampling study 2008

 
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  Ms. Jessica Wimmer

Ms. Jessica Wimmer
Wayne State College

Role in Altai Project: Field study of grazing impacts on stream biota, 2009

 
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  Mr. Tomor-tsooj

Mr. Tomor-tsooj
Agricultural University of Mongolia

Role in Altai Project: General Biomonitoring Sampling, Diptera (Chironomidae) - 2009

 
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  Mr. Uranbayar Nadmidtsevel

Mr. Uranbayar Nadmidtsevel
National University of Mongolia

Role in Altai Project: General Biomonitoring Sampling, Coleoptera - 2009

 
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  Mr. Boldsukh Erdenebileg

Mr. Boldsukh Erdenebileg
National University of Mongolia

Role in Altai Project: General Biomonitoring Sampling - 2009

 
 
Undergraduate Laboratory Researchers
 
 

MAIS Laboratory – Philadelphia
Ms. Hannah Cummons – University of Pennsylvania – 2008
Ms. Ira Thomas – Temple University – 2008
Ms. Jennifer Stewart – Temple University – 2009
Mr. Stephen Kuhn – Temple University – 2008
Ms. Amanda Funk – Temple University – 2008-2009
Mr. Kenneth Zebo – Temple University – 2008
Mr. Jonathan Wall – University of Pennsylvania – 2008
Ms. Jia Kuang – Temple University – 2008
Mr. Dan Weichel – Temple University – 2008-2009

MAIS Laboratory – Brigham Young University
Mr. Tristan McKnight
Mr. Joss Wertz
Mr. Paul Frandsen
Mr. Craig Martin

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