I am a benthic ecologist originally from Russia. Having a first degree in invertebrate zoology (BSc in Moscow State University) I used to study anatomy of living Brachiopods. However, since I first joined marine research cruise to the Barents Sea in 2016, I realized how much I enjoyed field work and found more broad interests in benthic communities of the polar regions, their distribution and dynamics, governance and conservation. I then completed an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies in Edinburgh and decided to stay in Scotland for a while.
For my PhD I’m looking at benthic ecosystem of the Pechora Sea (SE Barents Sea), trying to understand how it changes over time and responds to the climate change and activities of offshore industries in the area.
I have also served for 2 years as a head of student council of biological department of Moscow State University since I always loved networking and facilitating research as well as volunteering and coordinating tasks. I am now very excited to join UKPN and explore scope of its activities.Key interests: Arctic seas; benthic communities; invasive species; microplastics