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The Montana State University BioRegions faculty, staff and students collaborate with local citizens and communities in their bioregions to learn about the way of life and resource base. Resulting partnerships apply local knowledge, science, humanities and management to create proactive solutions to meet local needs.


Mongolia Work Trip 2018: Closing the Circle for Community Development

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About the Trip

Experience the nomadic culture, lifestyle, and landscape of countryside Mongolia. Work on a multidisciplinary project to improve business, education, environment, health, use of tradition, and veterinary medicine in a rural community.


Application Deadline:
TBD- summer 2018

Travel Dates:
TBD- summer 2018

More about logistics


This trip will start with several orientation days in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, and then travels about 200 miles northwest to Bulgan Province, Orkhon soum (county), for the community work.

Trip Preparation

BioRegions will sponsor extensive preparation during Spring Semester, to include basic language and cultural awareness skills, as well as guidance on project preparation.


Variable, according to the requirements of each team and needs of the participants.

Check with the appropriate team leader.

Faculty & Contacts

Project Teams


Led by Martha Joh Reeder.


Led by Dr. Cliff Montagne.


Led by Susan Gibson

 Education & Traditional Knowledge

Education and the role of traditional knowledge will be important facets of each team’s work as each team will engage in back and forth learning with our Mongolian hosts along with learning about the traditional knowledge and skills responsible for the resiliency of countryside Mongolians.


We require that each participant have a project in collaboration with a team leader, with appropriate pre-trip preparation, field notes, journal, and final reports for feedback to the community. In this way, our knowledge base and effectiveness grows, with special emphasis on providing useful feedback and information to our host communities. Many of our projects are continuing from past years, and provide opportunities for participants to engage with our Mongolian collaborators over the winter.


Each team has a Mongolian interpreter who acts as an integral member of the team. Team members and faculty stay in apartments or guest houses in Ulaanbaatar for several days before and after the field trip to Orkhon. In Orkhon, the participants sleep outside in personal backpacking tents and the BioRegions cook provides meals. Countryside travel is by jeep or van. BioRegions has larger tents for health screening and group meetings. We travel as a group from a west coast gateway city, usually Seattle or Los Angeles, to Seoul and then on to Ulaanbaatar. Participants can return to the US the same way or choose other alternatives, such as taking the train to Moscow or Beijing.


Cliff Montagne, Director, BioRegions InternationalCliff Montagne, PhD
Emeritus Professor
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture
(406) 599-7755

Teaching activities
  • NRSM 421/521 Holistic Thought and Management
Subject matter interests in regard to BioRegions
  • Holistic Management
  • Application of traditional knowledge and Western Science
Activities in regard to BioRegions
  • Founder and Director, faculty leader of many activities since 1998
Links and Affiliations
Martha Joh Reeder, BioRegions Program FacultyMartha Joh Reeder, MBA
Associate Teaching Professor
College of Business
Reid Hall 325
(406) 994-7745

Teaching activities
  • Developed and teaches course on business sustainability
Subject matter interests in regard to BioRegions
  • Sustainable business practices for rural communities
  • Sustainable tourism development
Activities in regard to BioRegions
  • Business Team leader for 2013, 2014, 2015 BioRegions work trips to Mongolia
Links and Affiliations
Susan Gibson, BioRegions Program FacultySusan K. Gibson
Instructor of Human Anatomy and Microscopic Anatomy
MSU WWAMI Medical Education Program
Cell: (406) 579-2579

Teaching Activities
  • Instructor for the MSU WWAMI Medical Program and the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience for 32.5 years. Courses taught during my tenure at MSU were Anatomy and Physiology; Human Anatomy of the Torso; Musculoskeletal and Head and Neck; Embryology and Microscopic Anatomy.
Subject matter interests in regard to BioRegions
  • Health care in rural Mongolian communities, public health in Mongolia
Activities in regard to BioRegions
  • Coordinator for Bio-Regions Health Team, 2007-present. The team includes a physician, medical students from the MSU WWAMI Program and the Mongolian medical school, MSU College of Nursing faculty member and nursing students.

Additional Contacts

Study Abroad
(406) 994-7151

Past Trip Reports: