Organizing Committee

Vladimir Burkanov, chairman of conference organizing committee
Ph.D., Chairman Marine Mammal Council
Leading Scientists the Kamchatka Branch of the Pacific Geographical Institute, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation), expert Pinniped Specialist Group SSC IUCN

Research Interests: Marine mammal biology, ecology, demography and population dynamics, interactions with fisheries, and conservation.

Vyacheslav Rozhnov
Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Director A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the RAS (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 RAS.

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

John L. Bengtson
Ph.D., Director, Marine Mammal Laboratory Alaska Fisheries Science Center of National Marine Fisheries Service of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (MML NMFS/NOAA) (Seattle, United States of America)
Co-Chair of “Marine mammals project the U.S./Russia Environmental Agreement.

Research Interests: zoology, ecology, management and conservation of Arctic and Antarctic marine mammals.

Simon Goodman
PhD, Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at the School of Biology
University of Leeds, expert Pinniped Specialist Group SSC IUCN. Since 2004 has been leading a program on the ecology and conservation of Caspian seals.

Research Interests: interface between evolutionary genetics, disease ecology and conservation biology; particular interest in disease impacts on endangered species, parasites evolution, and marine mammal conservation.

Sokov Alexey
Doctor in geographical sciences, Director Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS (Moscow, Russian Federation).

Research Interests: ocean circulation studies.

Gebruk Andrey
Doctor in Biological sciences
Deputy Director Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Research interests: ecology and biogeography of hydrothermal fauna and taxonomy of deep-sea holothurians.

Russ Andrews
Senior Scientist, PhD
Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research (MarEcoTel; Washington State, United States).
Research Interests: Behavioral and physiological ecology of marine mammals; development of biotelemetry tools and methods.
Belikov Roman
Ph.D. Head Marine Mammals Laboratory Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Research interests: acoustic, cetacean biology and ethology.

Kit Kovacs
PhD, Professor
Biodiversity Research Section Leader Norwegian Polar Institute

Research Interests: marine mammal ecology, conservation and population biology.

Aleksey Knizhnikov
Oil & Gas Programme Leader World Wildlife Fund (WWF Russia), (Moscow, Russian Federation)

Research Interests: corporate responsibility in biodiversity conservation.

Patrick Lemons
PhD, Chief of Marine Mammals Management at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Anchorage, Alaska, the United States of America).

Research Interests: population biology.

Irina S. Trukhanova
Ph.D., expert of Pinniped Working Group, Species survival commission, IUCN.
Marine Mammal Council, ICPO “Biologists for Nature Conservation”
Scientific interests: ice associated seals, abundance and distribution assessment methods, demography, climate change, species conservation
Dilbar Klado
Director
A. Yablokov Intellectual Heritage Preservation Fund (Moscow, Russian Federation).
Dmitri Glazov
Executive DirectorMarine Mammal Council
Deputy head of Russian White Whale ProgramA.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the RAS (Moscow, Russian Federation), 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.

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

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

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

Zhushev A.V., secretary
Research Interests: artificial biological systems, ecological education and ecological popularization