Head of the Research Department at Land of the Leopard
I was born in Vladivostok.
It is hard to say when I first got interested in nature and conservation. It seems like I was born that way, because I have always thought it was a given that taking care of the environment is important.
I have a life-long interest in tourism and hiking. I’ve hiked all the well-known hills of southern Primorye Territory, canoed its rivers and participated in cycling tours. Also, I’ve always been actively involved in environmental events and activities, like planting cedars, beach clean-ups, and so on.
I attended the Academy of Ecology, Marine Biology and Biotechnology at Far Eastern State University. My undergraduate thesis was titled “The Histological Structure of the Reproductive System of Gastropods in Polluted and Unpolluted Parts of the Peter the Great Bay.”
Later, I worked at the Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, which is part of the Far Eastern Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where I studied the impact of oceanic water pollutants on marine life.
I also completed postgraduate studies at the Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology (pharmacology laboratory). I researched substances that could be used to cultivate neural stem cells and treat spinal cord injuries. We produced that substance by using natural polymers, including new molecules obtained from marine organisms. In 2013, I successfully defended a dissertation and was awarded a PhD in Cellular Biology.
I joined Land of the Leopard in 2013. I conduct research, participate in field studies, process camera trap data and maintain a database on all identified leopards.