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Altangerel Sukhbaatar
Project Assistant
Altangerel works as assistant for Sustainable Cashmere Project (SCP) at Wildlife Conservation Society Mongolia. He had worked in country’s major private organizations and was responsible for business development and marketing before he joined WCS. He studied B.A Production Management for Farming at Mongolian State University of Agriculture. Altangerel also completed International Study Program for Business Administration at Weihenstephan Triesdorf University in Germany. He is supporting team member of SCP and responsible for herder’s cooperative development in South Gobi province.
Ariunbaatar Barkhasbaatar
Avian specialist
Ariunbaatar Barkhasbaatar serves as Avian specialist at WCS.
Bolortsetseg Sanjaa
Environmental Outreach and Training Specialist
Bolortsetseg completed her first Masters Degree in Biology at the National University of Mongolia, and her second Master’s Degree in Art Communication and Conservation Leadership at the El Paso University of Texas. She spent four seasons working as a wildlife biologist on the Mongolian gazelle research project. Between 2009-2012, she worked as the conservation biologist for the Mongolia Program and managed a social marketing campaign in Eastern Mongolia. In recent years her work has focused on engaging herder communities to conserve wildlife in a grassland ecosystem. Her most recent campaign was focused on improving hunting permit compliance in Eastern Mongolia through public awareness, education and behavior change activities.
Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar
Lead for Conservation Science
Buuveibaatar is a graduate of the National University of Mongolia where he majored in biology and completed a Masters course in Zoology within the Department of Zoology. Buuvei came to the Mongolia Program in 2011 after spending 5 years working as a researcher for the Institute of Biology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences where he studied large ungulates such as Mongolian gazelles and saiga antelope. Between 2009 and 2011, he completed his second master’s degree in the Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the same program in UMASS Amherst and his study (dissertation) focuses on the distribution and dynamics of saiga antelope in western Mongolia. Buuvei’s research interests include wildlife biology, spatial ecology, and conservation biology.
Enkhtuvshin Shiilegdamba
Country Director
S. Enkhtuvshin graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology, Mongolian Agricultural University in 1999. In 2006 she graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis (UCD) with a Master’s degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology (MPVM). ). She studied foot and mouth disease outbreaks and epidemiology in Mongolia for her graduate research thesis. Following graduation she worked at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security at the University of California in Davis as a post doctoral researcher on food-borne illnesses and outbreak investigations. While working at UCD collaborated with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) by joining the WCS team in Mongolia to attend and organize workshops on Mongolian gazelle, wildlife health and interface diseases. She returned from California in the fall of 2007 and joined the WCS Mongolia Country Program as a veterinarian and wildlife epidemiologist in December of 2007.
Kirk A.Olson
Conservation Director
Kirk Olson joined the WCS Mongolia program in October 2015. Kirk began his career working in the arid rangelands of Patagonia on a study of guanacos and mountain lion ecology. This work led him to the steppes of eastern Mongolia to develop a long-term research program of Mongolian gazelle and their grassland habitat with the support of WCS and earned his PhD in Wildlife Conservation (2008, UMass Amherst). Kirk brings experience working with NGO’s, development agencies, extractive industry, local people, and has experience working in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, and Mongolia. Kirk is a member of the IUCN Antelope Specialist Group, a Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) co-focal point for Mongolian gazelles, and is the project director for the IUCN Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative. Kirk has published over 30 peer review publications, consultancy reports, and book chapters. Kirk lives in Mongolia with his wife and daughter.
Mendbaatar Osorjin
Counter Wildlife Trafficking Project Manager
Mr.Mendbaatar Osorjin is Bachelor of Biology and MBA. He has 20 years of experience in the conservation biology, development of environmental and health safety management plan and environmental screening, hazmat management plan, environmental management plan development, implementation and protected areas management and counter wildlife trafficking and wildlife trade projects implemented by the different donors such as World bank, ADB, GIZ, Millennium Challenge Account-Mongolia compact, UNDP and WCS. Currently he is managing US DOS, INL founded “Counter Wildlife Trafficking” project in Mongolia and working with the key law enforcement agencies. In addition, he also carried out National assessment of border crossings and organized number capacity building trainings for law enforcement officers. He has experience working with donor organizations such as Millennium Challenge Corporation, US DOS, INL, ADB, World Bank, USAID, UNDP, SDC, GIZ, KFW and other international organizations to implement environmental conservation programs.
Ochirkhuyag Lkhamjav
Geospatial & SMART Specialist
Ochiroo is the Mongolia Program's Remote sensing and GIS specialist. He is a graduate of the National University of Mongolia where he majored in meteorological engineering (especially satellite meteorology) and completed a Masters course in Remote Sensing/GIS at the Laboratory for Remote Sensing/GIS of NUM-ITC-UNESCO. Recently, he is studied in Master of Sustainability in the University of Adelaide, South Australia between 2012-2014. Ochiroo came to the Mongolia Program in 2006 after spending 5 years working as a remote sensing specialist for the Mongolian Information and Computing Center where he processed NOAA, SeaSTAR and MODIS satellite data to monitor snow and dust storms across the region. He also spent a short time with a Canadian-Mongolian mining company, QGX Mongol LLC. Ochiroo manages and maintains our large Eastern Steppe GIS database, builds biological models of the landscape species residing in the Eastern Steppe, and works on conservation landscapes. His research interests include image processing, spatial analysis and modeling, environmental monitoring, and digital earth and space studies. He has published research studies in journals and proceedings.
Odonchimeg Nyamtseren
Narutal Resources Law Enforcement Project Manager
In 1987, after graduating from the Astrakhan University in Russia as a Fish Biologist, Odonchimeg returned to Mongolia and worked as a specialist for the Environmental Section of the Mongolian Hunting Association, the Ministry of Forestry of Mongolia. In 1988, she started working as a researcher for the Institute of Forestry, Hunting and Meteorology. In 1996, she transferred to the Ministry of Nature and Environment. In 2002, Odonchimeg began working for WWF as a Species Officer. Since 2006, she has been working for WCS as the Lead for Conservation Initiatives. Her main work has included research on fish species such as taimen and lenok (Salmonidae), strengthening of the Special Protected Area system in Mongolia, environmental law enforcement (including species conservation and tackling illegal wildlife trade), and working with various stakeholders and local herders. The Khar Us Nuur National Park and Dariganga National Park Management plans were developed under her lead. She is the former secretary of the National Committee on Conventions (including Ramsar) and World Heritage of the Ministry of Nature and Environment. She was awarded Government awards including the ‘Best Environmental Manager’, an EPA and MNE Honorary Certificate, and the ‘Honorary Ranger’ Medal by MACNE.
Otgonsuren Avirmed
Conservation Science Program Manager
Otgonsuren Avirmed completed her Ph D in Ecology at the University of Wyoming with International Fulbright Science and Technology Award. Her research areas are soil biogeochemistry, reclamation ecology and plant community ecology of dry grasslands and shrublands. She worked in dry ecosystems of North America and Mongolia for over fifteen years with purpose to understand how these ecosystems recover after disturbances such as mining, grazing and climate change.

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