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Technical University of Freiberg Mining Academy, Germany
Ph.D. in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology 2008 - 2013
The doctoral dissertation was written and defended in English
Dissertation Title: Environmental Impact Assessment Study of Kadji-Sai Uranium Tailing and Issyk-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Postgraduate study for Candidate of Physico-Mathematical Sciences 2006 - 2008
Academy of Management under the President of Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Master of Business Administration 2004 - 2006
Introduction to ENVI, course in remote sensing 2003
Arc GIS Basics of Operation, course in geographic information systems (GIS) 2002
Environmental Policy Programme, course (in English) 1998
Kyrgyz National University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Diploma, Faculty of Physics 1983 - 1990
Content of the course: - EX-ACT has been developed using mostly the Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (IPCC, 2006) complemented with other methodologies and review of default coefficients for mitigation option as a base.
Entitled “Statistical analysis in the Earth Sciences using R - language and environment for statistical computing and graphics”; Also Geostatistical analysis in Environmental Studies, 2011
American University of Central Asia Associate Professor
Program Coordinator of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 2014 – Present
Teaching and Research interests:, Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, Environmental Chemistry, Hydrology and Watershed Management, Hydrological Modeling, Sustainable Water Management, IWRM, Radiation Safety, Environmental Radioactivity, Environmental Awareness, Waste Management, Climate Change Impact and Adaptation, Environmental Management, GIS and Remote Sensing Application. Publication of scientific papers in local and international journals and conference proceedings. Engaged in curriculum development, upgrading and updating it as well as involved in recruiting new staff for the program. Teaching credits per semester or two semester-length courses and for research per semester. As part of my regular teaching load, I am involved in student advising and senior thesis supervision per year. Additionally, one of my responsibilities is to deal with developing, writing and submitting relevant project proposals to international foundations to obtain some funds for research activities.
Co-editor of scientific-research papers of the Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR).
Deputy Chair of AUCA Expert Council of BFP USAID project in 2016, 2017, 2018
Principal Investigator 2017- 2019
PEER NAS USAID regional research grant called Integrated Water Resource Management and Strategic Environmental Assessment of Kabul and Amu Darya Rivers, 2017-2019.
Eco-Leadership Program - 2016
In 2016 from 01-12 August, seven AUCA students volunteered to attend the Ecological Leadership Program in beautiful Ala Archa National Park to improve their leadership skills and learn more about the Kyrgyz environment. The Ecological Leadership Program, or ELP, focused on three main subject areas – teaching ecology and water resources through outdoor immersion, increasing leadership skills through practical scenarios and mentorship, and teaching outdoor living skills to help students to be capable of working independently in the outdoors.
Consultant in WWF Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain (AHM) Landscapes and Communities Project - In Kyrgyzstan, AHM field activities were primarily conducted in the Sarychat-Ertash State Reserve and in three remote villages in the reserve’s buffer zone. Sarychat-Ertash is Kyrgyzstan’s largest protected area with a total area of 149,117 ha, although it will soon to be surpassed in size upon establishment of the proposed Khan Tengri National Park. The Sarychat-Ertash reserve features alpine shrub and grasslands and unique high altitude syrt ecosystems that support argali, ibex, snow leopards, wolves, brown bears, and other wildlife species.
Climate Change Adaptation Consultant at World Food Programme in Support Development of National Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan in Agriculture Sector
Worked as a GIS consultant in Mountain Societies Development Support Program, Kyrgyz Republic, Aga Khan Foundation. The project called “Urban Planning on Water Supply and Sanitation of Naryn town, Kyrgyz Republic”. Also additional project called “Disaster Risk Management of Naryn Town”.
University of Central Asia (UCA)
Research Fellow, Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) 2013 - 2014 Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan
Climate Change Adaptation Expert with the Mountain Societies Development Support Program (MSDSP) on the Strengthening Civil Society to Lead Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Kyrgyz Republic project including activities such as promoting project sustainability, reviewing pertinent project related documents, and designing assessment methodology and tools. Assess project proposals for quality and consistency. Identify project delivery issues and ensure effective coordination of project resources. Work closely with national counterparts to build cooperative relationships and establish the organization as an effective partner
TU of Freiberg Mining Academy,
Dept. of Hydrogeology & Environmental Geology 2012 (3 months) Freiberg, Germany Teaching Assistant
Pamir-Alai Transboundary Conservation Area (PATCA) Project
Head of GIS Lab, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 2008 - 2009
Responsibilities within this European Union funded project included:
Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University
Radiology & Biophysics Scientific Research Lab 2006 - 2008 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
First Class Engineer
ECONET in Central Asia - “Life Net” Project,
GIS Expert Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 2005 - 2007
Responsibilities within this World Wildlife Foundation funded project included:
Central Asia Transboundary Project for Biodiversity
Conservation in Western Tien-Shan GIS Expert Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2002 - 2006
Responsibilities within this GEF/World Bank funded project included:
Kyrgyz State Technical University (KSTU); Academy of Management under President of Kyrgyz Republic (AMPKR); State Agency of Tourism and Youth Policy 1997 - 2002
Leading and Senior Specialists
Kyrgyz National University
Physics of Semiconductors and Dielectrics 1991 - 1997 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
AWARDS AND HONORS:
PEER NAS/USAID research grant on a topic of Integrated Water Resources Management and Environmental Strategic Assessment of Kabul and Amudarya rivers, with amount of $300,000 for three countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, 2016-2019;
DAAD Material Resources Project: Grant with amount of €20000 for Establishing GIS lab in MSRI, UCA, 2014
Mountain Societies Development Support Program (MSDSP) on the Strengthening Civil Society to Lead Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Kyrgyz Republic project: consulting-research services with amount of $4000
International Association Mathematical Geoscience (IAMG), IAMG Student Chapter Freiberg, Member of Consultative Board, http://www.iamg.tu-freiberg.de/, 2011
German Service of Academic Exchange (DAAD), PhD Scholarship Award to pursue a Ph.D. studies in Germany, 2008-2012
University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), travel grant to conduct field work in Kyrgyzstan, 2009-2010
TU of Freiberg Mining Academy, travel grant to attend “Goldschmidt-2011”, The International Conference on Geochemistry in the Czech Republic
International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, 2011 Lump Sum Scholarship Award
Student Conference on Solid State Materials, Tomsk, Russian Federation, Honor of first level Diploma
Selected PUBLICATIONS (International Peer Reviewed Journals):
Nazgul Imanberdieva, ChukunZeki, SeveroğluZeki, Zheenbek Kulenbekov October 2018, Ecology and Environmental Aspects of “Makmalzoloto” Gold Mining Area in Kyrgyzstan, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99728-5_13, In book: Vegetation of Central Asia and EnvironsPublisher: Spinger-Verlag
Kulenbekov, Zh. and Asanov, B., 2016. Atmospheric Air Quality Assessment of Bishkek City, Vestnik of Sesmology Institute under Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciencies, 2(8).
Kulenbekov, Zh. and Merkel, B.J., 2012. Investigation of the natural uranium content in the Issyk-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan. Freiberg Online Geology, 33, pp. 3-45.
Kulenbekov, Zh. et al., 2012. Assessment of radionuclides and toxic trace elements mobility in uranium tailings by using advanced methods, Kyrgyzstan. Freiberg Online Geology, ISSN 1434-7512, 33, pp. 46-105.
Kulenbekov, Zh. and Merkel, B.J., 2011. Risk Assessment Analysis of Kadji-Sai Uranium Tailings Site, Kyrgyzstan, Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts 2011. Mineralogical Magazine, ISSN 0026 461X, 75(3), p. 1251. www.minersoc.org
Selected PUBLICATIONS (International Peer Reviewed Conferences):
Kulenbekov, Zh, et al, 2018, Land Cover Classification of Fergana Valley Using NDVI Method, International Conference on Geology & Earth Science, 2-4 May, Rome, Italy.
Kulenbekov, Zh. and Merkel, B.J., 2011. Environmental Impact of Kadji-Sai Uranium Tailing Site, Kyrgyzstan. Sixth International Conference Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology (UMH VI), Freiberg, Germany, 18-22 September 2011. pp. 135-142. http://www.geo.tu-freiberg.de/umh/.
Kulenbekov, Zh. 2010. GIS Application for Support to Establishment for Pamir-Alai Transboundary Conservancy Area between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Proceedings of the Fourth Central Asia GIS conference –GISCA’10. Water: Life, Risk, Energy and Landuse, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 27-28 May 2010. pp. 4-9.
Tynybekov A, Kulenbekov, Zh., 2009. Radiological investigation of Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyz Republic. In Aycik, G.A. (Ed.) NATO Advanced Training Course on New Techniques for the Detection of Nuclear and Radioactive Agents, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics, Mugla, Turkey, 26-30 May 2008. Springer. pp. 287-294.
Tynybekov A, Kulenbekov, Zh., 2008. Radiological Investigation and Ecological Risk of Southern Coastal Section of Lake Issyk-Kul. Fifth International Conference Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology (UMH V), Freiberg. Germany, 14-18 September 2008. pp. 477-486. http://www.aca-giscience.org/archive.
Tynybekov A, Kulenbekov, Zh., 2008. Environmental Issues of the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia. In Liotta, P.H. et al. (Eds.), NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Environmental Change and Human Security: Recognizing and Acting on Hazard Impacts, Newport, Rhode Island, ISBN 978-1-4020-8550-5 (PB), USA, 4-7 June 2007. Springer. pp. 408-432.
Kyrgyz – Native
Russian - Fluent
English - Fluent
German - Good
Kazakh - Fluent
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Power Point, Picture Manager;
CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Internet Explorer, FireFox, Google, oJooo
Peripherals (printer, scanner, plotter, duplicating machine).
The Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT)
Hydrogeological software and equipment: MajIC Net 1.x, Plasma Lab, WhAEM, Visual Modflow, PHREEQC 2.6 and TIC, IC, ICP-MS, Ph-EC-Redox-Temp meters.
Radiological software and equipment: Winplot; Gamma Spectrometer, Radiometer.
Special software for GIS technology and Remote Sensing: ArcGIS 10.x., MapWindow 4.6.8, ENVI 4.8., WinTopo Pro., Surfer 9.x and Geomatica 10.x
GIS based hydrological modeling software: MapWindow SWAT, ArcGIS SWAT, TecDEM and River tools 3.x.
Statistical software: OriginLab 8, SPSS 16, Matlab, R, GeoR, HydroGOF, HydroTSM