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Water Resources in Khorezm, Uzbekistan
Understanding water resources in the Khorezm region of Uzbekistan (Fulbright 2006)
Using stable isotopes, passive organic samplers and modelling to assess environmental security in Khorezm, Uzbekistan (NATO 2006-2010)
Investigating pesticide contamination in small lakes in Khorezm, Uzbekistan (NSF 2009-2014)

Laurel Saito (PI); Dilorom Fayzieva (Co-PI); Bakhriddin Nishonov (Co-PI); Michael Rosen (Co-PI); Sudeep Chandra (Co-PI); John Lamers (Co-PI); Eric Marchand (Co-PI)

Students:  Marhabo Bekchanova (Uzbekistan); Arica Crootof (UNR); Elena Ginatullina (Uzbekistan); Farida Kadirkhodjaeva (Uzbekistan); Nodir Mullabaev (Uzbekistan); Akmal Nigmadjanov (Uzbekistan); Julian Scott (UNR); Margaret Shanafield (Fulbright graduate student); Diana Shermetova (Uzbekistan)

Funded by:  Fulbright Student Program; North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), National Science Foundation

Link to video about Uzbekistan-U.S. Joint Committee meeting in May 2014

Link to video about Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) project with Dr. Kristina Toderich


This work was done in collaboration with the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences , the U.S. Geological Survey , and the Zentrum fur Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF)-UNESCO German-Uzbek Khorezm Project .  We received a Science for Peace grant from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for this project (SfP 982159) that enabled us to assess the water quality and aquatic ecosystems of irrigation lakes and the Amu Darya in Khorezm using a combination of monitoring and interdisciplinary modeling.  We are assessing the quantity and quality of the water resources provided by these lakes to determine if they have any value for drinking water, aquaculture, or other uses. The project will also train young Uzbek scientists to be able to perform these monitoring and modeling approaches on other lakes and water bodies throughout Uzbekistan.  We are also collecting food web samples for stable isotope analysis and measuring organic compounds in the water using semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMDs).

We received additional funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF; EAR-0838239) to complete lake coring and microbial experiments to understand the persistence of pesticides in the lakes.

For information about the Uzbeks' March 2008 visit to the U.S., click here .

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


For further information contact Dr. Saito,

Project team in Urgench in June 2007 (L to R):  Co-PD Sudeep Chandra, Co-PD Bakhriddin Nishonov, Farida Kadyrkhodjaeva, PPD Dilorom Fayzieva, Co-PD Michael Rosen, NPD Laurel Saito, Nodir Mullabaev, Margaret Shanafield, Diana Shermetova, Elena Ginatullina, Akmal Nigmadjanov, and Marhabo Bekchonova



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March 2008 - US

March 2008 - Khorezm

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