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Dr. Vasiliy Povazhnyy

Dr. Vasiliy Povazhnyy was educated at Rostov-on-Don State University and Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, receiving his Master (2005) and PhD degree (2009) in zooplankton ecology studies. For many years he studied the net zooplankton ecology in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

While wintering on Bellingshausen Antarctic station in 2007 – 2008 and 2009 – 2011 Vasiliy Povazhnyy developed a keen interest for polar pelagic communities’ ecology and mass balance. Carbon cycling and primary productivity studies have become the main topic for his research in the southern seas of Russia as well. As a related study, new satellite data processing algorithms to measure chlorophyll a were developed in close cooperation with the University of Nebraska for the Case II (turbid and productive) waters. Important studies were also conducted by Vasiliy Povazhnyy in estuarine cycling of phosphorus and nitrogen in the southern seas of Russia.

Dr. Povazhnyy successfully developed and tested a series of engineering solutions and instruments to measure chlorophyll a, turbidity and oxygen in water by photogrammetry with digital cameras. His scientific interests have become focused on continuous automated monitoring of critical oceanographic parameters in estuaries and seas, on the assessment of productivity in Russian Arctic and southern seas, and on the development of future methods for algae and zooplankton aquaculture in recirculating systems.

Vasiliy Povazhnyy taught a series of water ecology and biogeochemistry courses for the undergraduates of the Oceanography Department of the South Federal University in 2012 – 2016. Five of the students have successfully graduated under his scientific supervision.

Dr. Povazhnyy authored 2 Russian patents and 45 papers, including 8 of them in WoS and Scopus-indexed journals during the past 5 years (2012 – 2016).