Journal of Undergraduate Research


flies, bioindicators, grazing pressures, Mongolia


Life Sciences




For over fifty thousand years, humans have affected their surrounding environments in a negative way. As the human population continues to increase, concerns about extinction and other human-influenced problems including climate change, habitat degradation, pollution and introduction of invasive species are becoming more and more difficult to ignore (Oreskes, 2004). Mongolia, with its low population density and richly diverse biogeographical landscape, has retained much of the biota that has been lost in surrounding more populous Asian countries. Much of the fauna is relatively unknown. A growing concern in Mongolia is the commercialization of grazing. Although grazing has been an integral part of the nomadic culture in Mongolia for centuries, the increased cost of cashmere has led to more grazing in more places, leaving many previously pristine landscapes scathed (Altanbagana & Chuluum 2010).

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