Chief Scientist; Project Leader. Associate Professor of the Faculty of Geology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University; director of the UNESCO-MSU Training and Research Centre for Marine Geology and Geophysics; head of the UNESCO Chair of Marine Geology
Already 25 years, pretty a long time, I deal with marine geological, geophysical and geochemical investigations. I took part in my first marine research expedition in 1993, as a student of the Faculty of Geology of Lomonosov Moscow State University. It was one of the UNESCO-MSU Floating University expeditions of the legendary International “Training-through-Research (TTR)” programme, which owns many really incredible discoveries in the field of marine geology. Then, with the UNESCO Floating University I have been in many research cruises, I have taken part in their organization, I took up teaching. Five years ago, the big annual seagoing expeditions have appeared to be practically impossible due to the changed global and national conditions. However, it was very important for me to save the well-elaborated and established system of the Floating University and to give to present-day students a chance to experience what I have experienced. That is how a project, called TTR-Class@Baikal, was launched at the Baikal Lake in collaboration with the Limnological Institute of Russian Academy of Science. Today the project maintains and continues traditions of the UNESCO Training-through-Research program.
Forthcoming expedition of the Class@Baikal is the 5th, jubilee one. Time runs very fast. There are some achievements, there are much to be done. It is not easier than before, but it is more interesting now. And, the most important is that our students, like 25 years ago, can participate in real scientific discoveries.
The cruise itself is always a great event. Especially for me, as for the project leader. It is something great already because we have managed to organize it once again. To be a Co-Chief Scientist of an expedition onboard RV “G.Yu. Vereschagin” is a big pleasure as well. The close-knit and very friendly crew headed by very professional captain… Hard-working, initiative, enthusiastic students and youth scientists, the best of the best in own fields of interests… An opportunity to carry out a real multi-disciplinary research, to study geological objects and phenomena in various forms and with different points of view… This is what any chief-scientist dreams about. There is everything for a creativity and discoveries of Nature.
All four previous expeditions were very successful. The data collected in the Class@Baikal cruises became the basis for 4 research papers, 7 MSc and 14 BSc thesis, more than 100 presentations on scientific conferences, including international forums. This is just statistics. Much more important is that the Class@Baikal, primary educational project, has got recognized by scientific community. “Training-through-research” is in action on Lake Baikal.
Scientific tasks and plans of the forthcoming expedition is just amazing. The Class@Baikal-2018 team is very strong. We can do a lot! We love Baikal, we wish to study it. And we are going to share our love and knowledge with the World.
I am a master of geology (specialization is marine seismic) and I am an interpreter in the MSU Seismic Data Analysis Center. The most interesting fields for me are near-surface processes: gravity flows, landslide processes, mud volcanism, neotectonics and other. My first visit on the Baikal Lake was in 2013. It was an expedition of the MSU Geological School where we studied unique geological objects outcropped on the shores of the Baikal Lake and observed its amazing beauty. My indissoluble connection with this place, great deference and love for the Baikal Lake were born in that moment.
In 2014 I have participated in the First Class@Baikal expedition. Since then my life is closely connected with the Baikal Lake. I am going there already for the ninth time and this expedition will be the sixth one for me. Besides, I have participated in three expeditions to the White Sea and I have worked at the Teletskoye Lake, also giving lectures and seminars. So I have a considerable experience both in marine seismic surveying and teaching.
During the previous four expeditions I have grown from an incompetent student into a specialist, and now I have been entrusted with an honorable and very responsible appointment of the leader of the geophysical team of the cruise. Therefore, my main tasks in this expedition will be a coordination of all members of the geophysical team and transfer of knowledge to the students. In addition, my responsibilities include planning of seismic profiles and bottom sampling, data quality control and an interpretation of the seismic data.
A significant amount of geological and geophysical data was obtained in the previous Class@Baikal expeditions. Based of them I prepared and successfully defended master's dissertation, participated at several international conferences and published an article. One of the most important achievements is that I have got the research grant of RFBR for study of deep-water depositional system Khuray which is the most interesting object for me.
The Class@Baikal project provides a unique opportunity to extend boundaries of your interest area and to learn other aspects of marine geological and geophysical studies. In these expeditions I gained invaluable experience, while I was watching at a work of geological teams and geochemical and lithological sampling. I saw the mysterious gas hydrates, touched the Baikal bottom sediments and learned its geological structure. I am sure that the upcoming Fifth anniversary international expedition Class@Baikal will be even more successful, interesting and informative, and Baikal will bring new surprises to us!
Expert, Geophysical team.
Geophysical team. Student of the Geological Faculty of Moscow State University, the Department of Seismometry and Geoacoustics.
Head of geological group. Marine geologist, drone pilot, Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center
Expert, Geological group. Senior Researcher, the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED - University of Oslo)
Sedimentological team. 3rd year student at the Faculty of Geology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Petroleum geology department.
My interests are many: from profound contemplation to athletic hobbies and sports. My research interests include oil sedimentology and geology of combustible fossil. In the expedition I will perform the part of a member of the sedimentology detachment. My tasks will be selection and processing of Geological samples. I will focus on the sedimentary system of Khurai, which still remains a small "White spot" in geology. I am infinitely pleased to take part in the scientific research expedition Class@Baikal2018.
Baikal - one of the most famous places on Earth, but at the same time, it still remains mysterious and unexplored. We are given the honor of touching modern science, of making our own discovery and unleashing our creativity. Class@Baikal2018 is my first Marine expedition and I enthusiastically aim to perform a huge amount of work on the ship and in the laboratory. I hope that my work will be part of the world of science.
Leader of geochemical team
The main scientific interest of mine is geochemistry of hydrocarbon gases and during the cruise I will be taking a part in bottom sampling of sediments, hydrocarbon gases, in degassing of sediments and preparation for transportation of hydrocarbon gases in laboratories of the Moscow University.
I have been studying Baikal since 2014. This expedition will be the fifth. For five years of the program "Class @ Baikal" I wrote a Bachelor's and Master's degree on the "Composition and origin of hydrocarbon fluids in bottom sediments of Lake Baikal". I plan to continue this topic in my PhD program. Now we have a large database on the hydrocarbon gases of Lake Baikal, but there are still many questions.
The expedition of Class @ Baikal is an excellent chance to take part in all the stages of the gas-geochemical exploration of the water areas: from the preparation to the scientific cruise, analysis in laboratories and interpretation of data.
Geochemical team. 3rd year student at the Faculty of Geology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Petroleum geology department.
I enjoy travelling, that is why Lake Baikal is the place where I have been dreaming to get from the very childhood. Expedition Class@Baikal-2018 is an incredible chance not only to fulfill a dream, but also to gain valuable experience of real geological research. In addition, this is a unique opportunity for communication with high-class specialists in geophysics, geochemistry and sedimentology.
Field of my scientific interests includes geochemistry of fossil fuels, in this expedition the object of my research is oil manifestations on the bottom of Lake Baikal.
I am convinced that the expedition is going to be interesting, effective and productive, after which there will be a lot of impressions and necessary knowledge.
Geochemical team. PhD student of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Geological Faculty
The field of my scientific interests is connected with the hydrocarbon migration modeling and pore waters study. So far, I have never taken part in marine expeditions, so this expedition is a great opportunity for me to develop the skills of work organization in new conditions, to get imagination about my colleagues’ investigation and to participate in the study of such an outstanding object as Lake Baikal. During the Class@Baikal-2018 expedition, I will provide measurements of the oxidation-reduction potential and acidity of pore and lake waters and take samples for laboratory tests. Due to its uniqueness, Baikal has always attracted huge number of researchers and I am not an exception, so I am glad to have an opportunity to visit this lake for the first time and make my contribution to its understanding.