Asia Center at The Academy of Natural Sciences
The Academy of Natural Sciences has established an Asia Center dedicated to expanding the Academy’s biodiversity, ecological and environmental research and education in this rapidly developing continent. The Asia Center will build on the highly successful work the Academy has been conducting in Mongolia since 1994. The Center’s mission is to foster sustainable use of resources and environmental protection and remediation in Asia through advancement and application of the natural sciences.
The Academy has been active at Lake Hövsgöl since 1994, and Clyde Goulden (the Asia Center's director) has been instrumental in the establishment and operation of the Hövsgöl ILTER. The Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey has been operating since 2002 and fish and rotifer surveys were conducted in 2005 and 2006.
New scientific collaborations are being developed elsewhere in Asia. An environmental monitoring and remediation workshop was held with Nanjing University in 2008 and others may be held in the future. Other collaborations are either underway or being explored with Nanjing Paleontology Museum and Zhejiang Ocean University in China, and the Institute for Biological Problems of the North (IBPN) in Magadan, Russia. In addition, significant new field work is being conducted in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.