Organizing Committee

Contact: orgcommmh2018@gmail.com, +7(495) 231-03-51

Vladimir Burkanov,  chairman 
Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D.
The Laboratory of Higher Vertebrates Ecology Kamchatka Branch of the Pacific Geographical Institute,  Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation)
Chairman of Marine Mammal Council; Leader of Stellar Sea lion Project, Russian Far East.
Research Interests: biology, marine mammal ecology, relationships with fisheries, marine mammal population dynamics and demography. 
John L. Bengtson  
Director, Ph.D.
Marine Mammal Laboratory Alaska Fisheries Science Center of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NMML NMFS/NOAA) (Seattle, United States of America)
Co-Chair of the U.S./Russia Marine Mammal Working Group, an intergovernmental organization that has promoted collaboration and coordination of research between these two countries since the early 1970’s.
Research Interests: zoology and ecology of Arctic and Antarctic marine mammals.
Dmitri Glazov , Deputy Chairman 
Deputy head of Russian White Whale Program
A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russian Federation)

White Whale Program, as a part of the Permanent Expedition of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Animal Studies of the Red Data Book of Russian Federation and Other Important Fauna of Russia. Deputy Chairman of Marine Mammal Council.

Research Interests: zoology, ecology, behavior, population structure and conservation of marine mammals.

Simon Goodman
Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at the School of Biology , Ph.D. 
University of Leeds
Member of IUCN Pinniped Specialist Group. Since 2004 has been leading a program on the ecology and conservation of Caspian seals. 
Research Interests: Simon Goodman works at the interface between evolutionary genetics, disease ecology and conservation biology. He is particularly interested in disease impacts on endangered species, parasites evolution, and marine mammal conservation. 
Sergey Klado
Director

A. Yablokov Intellectual Heritage Preservation Fund (Moscow, Russian Federation).


Aleksey Knizhnikov  
Oil & Gas Programme Leader 
World Wildlife Fund (WWF Russia), (Moscow, Russian Federation)
Research Interests: corporate responsibility in biodiversity conservation.
Kit Kovacs
Biodiversity Research Section Leader, Professor, Ph.D.
Research Department of Norwegian Polar Institute (Troms, the Kingdom of Norway)

Research Interests: behavioral  ecology, population biology of Arctic marine mammals.

Patrick Lemons
Chief of Marine Mammals Management, Ph.D.
Marine Mammals Management at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Anchorage, Alaska, the United States of America)
Research Interests: population biology
Ivan Mizin

Deputy Director of Research at the National Park «Russian Arctic»
Research Interests: 
Vyacheslav Rozhnov, Deputy Chairman 
Director, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, the Russian Federation)

Head of the Permanent Expedition of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Animal Studies of the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation and Other Important Fauna of Russia, Head of Laboratory of Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology of Mammals, President of Theriological Society at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Biology Sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests: marine mammal biology and conservation (population structure, migration, behaviour).

Vladislav Svetochev 
Senior Research Officer, Ph.D.
Marine Mammals Laboratory of Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Kola Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MMBI KSC RAS), (Murmansk, Russian Federation)

Research Interests: seals, white whales and other cetaceans, ecology, biology, satellite tagging.

Iya Smelova
Retired (Executive Director Marine Mammal Council), Ph.D.
Marine Mammal Council (Moscow, the Russian Federation)

Research Interests: research of marine mammals; the association of specialists in Russia and abroad; the organization of international and regional thematic conferences and meetings on marine mammal challenges; the promotion and development of marine mammal researches in accordance with the objectives of MMC.

Olga Filatova 
Senior research fellow, Doctor in Biological sciences
Animal Behaviour Laboratory of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology of Biological Faculty M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Research Interests: behavior, communication, ecology of cetaceans.

Boris Filippov 
Vice-Rector for Science, Doctor in Biological sciences 
M.V. Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University (Arkhangelsk, the Russian Federation)

Research Interests: biology, Arctic ecology.

Olga Shpak, Deputy Chairman 
Research fellow, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology of Mammals,  A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Research Interests: abundance, distribution, and ecology of cetaceans.

Svetlana Artemyeva, secretary
Secretary
Marine Mammal Council (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Head of the lecture hall of the Zoological Museum of M.V. Lomonosov State University.

Research Interests: behavior, ecology, physiology and morphology of pinnipeds.