Think Philadelphia summers are getting warmer? While the Earth’s surface temp has risen an average of 1.5°F in the last century, the country of Mongolia has seen a 4°F increase in just five decades. Ecologist Clyde Goulden, PhD, and his colleague Jon Gelhaus, PhD, an entomologist, have spent over 20 years studying climate change in Mongolia and its devastating impact on the people and economy of the country. The two researchers from the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel’s Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science have given far more than their research contributions: they’ve trained young Mongolian scientists and established facilities and equipment to help build a scientific infrastructure where nearly none existed before. Both have received awards for their work, including two big nods this spring: Mongolia’s Speaker of the Parliament presented Goulden with the country’s highest award to foreigners, the Order of the Polar Star, in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Buiding in D.C. Previous recipients of the honor include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator John McCain. At a separate event, Gelhaus was honored for his scientific achievements in Mongolia with the Kublai Khan Gold Medal, the highest award from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.