Anna Gebruk


  • Conference Coordinator, 2023-2024
  • Vice-president, 2021-2022
  • President, 2020-2021
  • Social media & APECS council, 2019-2020
  • Member-At-Large, 2018-2019



I am a marine ecologist specialising on benthic ecosystems of the Arctic Ocean, my key interests are distribution of macrobenthic communities; food webs; invasive species; microplastic contamination; Arctic Observing Systems, and international collaboration in the Arctic.

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 continued to do a PhD in the Changing Oceancs research group.

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 also work as a Head of international collaboration of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center and actively engage in different Arctic networks and working groups such as the Arctic Task Force of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Key interests: Arctic seas; benthic communities; invasive species; microplastics