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Dennis Ojima Awarded 'Champion of Nature and the Environment' Medal by Mongolian Ministry
Colorado State University professor and University Director for the North Central Climate Science Center Dennis Ojima has been awarded Mongolia’s “Champion of Nature and The Environment” medal, one of the highest honors given by the Mongolian Ministry. Ojima was presented the medal by S. Oyun, Minister of Nature, Environment and Green Development, at a ceremony at the State Palace in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
Ojima is a senior research scientist with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, both part of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. He is also university director of the North Central Climate Science Center, and senior scholar at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment at CSU.
“This award is a fantastic recognition of Dennis’ outstanding work and contributions that are having a worldwide impact on the advancement of natural resource science, education and outreach,” said Joyce Berry, Dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU.
Ojima studies effects of global climate change on ecosystems, carbon accounting methods for forest sequestration, and adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change collaboration. For the past two decades, he has led and supported social-ecological research in Mongolia, focusing on protecting fragile and endangered ecosystems and pastoral ways of life. His collaborative work has helped Mongolian scientists to increase their skills in natural resource research methodology and management, and he has supported Mongolian scientific contributions to research efforts on a global scale.