Mongolia (Fulbright S&T awardee 2011)
Tamir Puntsag is a Ph.D. candidate in biogeochemistry at State University of New York and Environmental Science and Forestry, in the department of Environmental and Forest Biology. As a 2011 International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, she is focused on assessing the potential for trace and heavy metal contamination derived from mining activities and investigating soil-water relationships in regards to availability of trace and heavy metals in contaminated areas.
Tamir will specialize in biogeochemistry, especially examining linkages between terrestrial soil solute cycling and hydrologic solute transport through watersheds and ground water and how these processes are affected by mining activities and anthropogenic emissions, global climate change, and other disturbances.
A native of Mongolia, Tamir received both a Diploma of Chemistry in which she specialized in Chemistry and Natural Science, and also a Master’s degree in Chemical Technology from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. After graduation, Tamir worked first in the Central Laboratory of Environmental Monitoring, Ministry of Nature, and then joined Hővsgől GEF research project as biogeochemistry researcher. Later, she worked with the international NGOs and Oyu tolgoi copper, gold mining project in water quality programs.
When she was in Hovsgol GEF project, Tamir dreamed of testing water quality of all biggest rivers of Mongolia. As part of the Asia Foundation’s Securing Our Future Program, Tamir was worked in every part of Mongolia, sampling many of the major river systems of the country and testing thier water quality chemically. In 2010, she had three research papers published in scientific journals (Environmental Earth Science: hyperlink to http://www.springerlink.com/content/xlmt7143x5612251/ and Environmental Geochemistry and Health: hyperlink -http://www.springerlink.com/content/1vj0l76161132373/). She likes to play chess, table tennis, volley ball and basketball.