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Laboratory of Water Quality, Sustainability of Aquatic Ecosystems, and Ecotoxicology

About the laboratry

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0036

Name of the institution of higher learning:
State educational institution of higher professional education "Tyumen State University"

Scientific research field:
Ecology

Project goals:
1. To identify and analyze conditions accounting for water quality in Western Siberia in the conditions of modern anthropogenic impact and climate change;
2. To assess the ecological consequences of pollution of water systems with toxic substances (including oil products);
3. To design measures and technologies capable of reducing the negative impact of anthropogenic activities upon internal water masses.

Key project objectives:
1. To design the principles and modern integrated research methods capable of identifying anthropogenic changes in the quality of water and ecosystems alongside a climatic gradient (from arctic to prairie regions);
2. To research the factors, conditions, and development mechanisms of eutrophication, acidification, and toxic pollution in chemically different waters of the Ob – Irtysh basin; to assess the ecotoxicological consequences of water pollution;
3. To identify past anthropogenic and climatic changes using neo- and paleoecological methods to develop scenarios of their future changes accounted for by global warming;
4. To investigate molecular, genetic, and cellular violations in living organisms, adaptive reorganizations of populations and communities that occur as a result of the impact produced by environmentally harmful toxins;
5. To justify the methods and criteria used to assess water quality and perform early diagnostics of violations within ecosystems taking into account the region's natural conditions and pollution specificities;
6. To design recommendations on rational water use in industrial oil and gas extraction centers with the view to preserve a high quality of water within the region's life support system;
7. To design advanced water purification technologies in compliance with ecological requirements.

Anticipated scientific outcomes:
1. The project will help explain the changes in water quality and the evolution of water ecosystems accounted for by the impact produced by anthropogenic activities and the climate change in Western Siberia;
2. The project will formulate safe conditions for continued existence of aquatic bioresources, prevention of their degradation, and preservation of high water quality in the conditions of ongoing development of the oil and gas production region of Siberia.

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Tatyana Ivanovna Moiseyenko

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Academic degrees and titles:
Doctor of biological sciences, professor, associate member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Job titles:
Head of the Department of biogeochemistry and ecology of the Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry named after V. I. Vernadsky; head of the Laboratory of Water Quality, Sustainability of Aquatic Ecosystems, and Ecotoxicology at the state educational institution of higher professional education "Tyumen State University".

Areas of scientific interest:
1. Biogeochemistry.
2. Aquatic ecology.
3. Ecotoxicology.

Scientific recognition:
- Author of more than 260 scientific works, including 10 monographs;
- Second degree order "For Outstanding Service to Homeland" (1999);
- First degree diploma of the Kola Research Center for founding a scientific school specializing in researching aquatic ecosystems of the North (2000);
- Main prize of the "Science/Interperiodicals" publishing house for the best publications in the field of Earth sciences (a series of articles on the theory of critical anthropogenic loads) (2001);
- Fulbright fellow in ecology (2005).

Participation in following scientific and editorial boards:
- Member of the scientific board of the Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry named after V. I. Vernadsky;
- Member of the Presidium of the Kola Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
- Member of the scientific board in charge of doctorate dissertations at the Institute of Aquatic Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
- Member of the scientific board of the Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems of the North of the Kola Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
- Member of the editorial board of the "Water Resources" journal, deputy editor-in-chief since 2004.

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