49th European Marine Biology Symposium

September 8–12, 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences


Keynote speakers

Prof. Ulrich Bathmann
Director of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and Chair of Earth System Sciences at the University of Rostock, Germany. Representative of the German National Academy of Sciences LEOPOLDINA (EASAC-Working Group "Marine Sustainability"), Executive Board of the Leibniz Association, Executive Board of German Marine Research Consortium, Executive Board of Department "Maritime Systems" at the University of Rostock, Member of EUR-OCEANS Consortium, Member of National SCOR-Committee, Member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, German Section (DIOC), Speaker Section E (Environmental Sciences), Speaker Research Campus Phosphorus. Biological oceanographer, expert in zooplankton and marine ecology, global biogeochemical cycles and Baltic plankton food webs. He has a significant score in polar research as well as in studying the processes in shelf and coastal areas.
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Prof. Kirill Galaktionov
Head of the Laboratory of Parasitic Worms and Leading Scientist of the White Sea Biological Station, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), St. Petersburg, Russia. The President of the Society of Parasitologists RAS. Took part in numerous expeditions to the North Atlantic and the North Pacific, including the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, the Svalbard Archipelago, Novaya Zemlya and Vaygach. His entire academic career has been associated with the study of parasites of marine animals. His research covered such topics as biodiversity, life cycles and transmission ways of parasites in marine coastal ecosystems, parasites’ adaptive systems ensuring their circulation in the Arctic, the impact of parasites on the populations of marine invertebrates and birds, the analysis of seasonal and long-term trends in the parasitic infections of marine animals, the forecast of the impact of anthropogenic pressure and climate warming in the Arctic on parasites’ transmission and their expansion into the high latitudes. Give lectures in parasitology for the magistrate students of the Saint Petersburg State University and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research.
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Prof. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi
I use marine coastal plant and animals as experimental model systems to address fundamental ecological and biological questions, including the analysis of processes that generate patterns at multiple scales, the causes and consequences of loss of biodiversity and the impact of climate change. A major goal is to provide experimental tests of theories that are rarely examined in the field, such as the role of environmental variance and red-noise shifts in shaping the spatial and temporal structure of natural communities.
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Prof. Martin Wahl
Works in Helmholtz Zentrum for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany. His present field of research activities is the multivariate response to climate change of benthic communities. He focus on the indirect effects of environmental stress, i.e. how differential sensitivities of species lead to shifts in biotic interactions which may amplify of buffer the overall impact of stress. Within the spectrum of biotic interactions he mainly concentrate on chemical defenses against consumption and epibiosis.
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