On Monday, December 16th, at 14-00, double Russian-French defense of dissertation on biological scie...

TSU postgraduate student of biological sciences and PhD student of University of Toulouse Rinat Manasypov is a fellow at the Laboratory for biogeochemical and remote methods for monitoring the environment established at TSU under the Mega Grant in 2013. His research advisers are, on the Russian part, TSU professor Sergey Kirpotin, and on the French part, fellow of the Laboratory of National Centre for Scientific Research (Toulouse), head of the TSU Mega Grant Oleg Pokrovskiy.

- I am going to defend two dissertations at a time, - Rinat Manasypov says. – The preparation for the defense was associated with the double hassle as I had to collect relevant documents both in Russia and France. The text of the dissertation was written based on many years of studies carried out both in the field and the laboratory. The expeditions took place in northern areas of Western Siberia where we were studying thermokarst lakes formed due to the melting of permafrost. I spent half a year in Toulouse where I conducted biogeochemical studies of selected samples at the Laboratory.

The double defense will be different from a conventional one as it will be attended by colleagues from France – apart from Oleg Pokrovskiy there will be two more French fellows coming to Tomsk: Jerome Viers (Professor of Toulouse III University – Paul Sabatier) and Stephane Audry (Associate Professor of the same university). French reviewers will deliver their reviews of Rinat’s French dissertation.

“There has been reliable markers found of climate changes manifested in the contemporary dynamics of thermokarst lakes in swamp landscapes of Western Siberia which is clearly associated with organic carbon and chemical composition of the lake waters”, - it is stated in the text of Rinat Manasypov’s dissertation abstract on the practical significance of his work. In other words, the young scholar linked the signs and possible consequences of global climate changes with the biogeochemical composition of the water of thaw lakes located in the tundra zone of Western Siberia, near the village of Khanymey.

The work on the topic “The biogeochemical properties of ecosystems of thermokarst lakes in the Subarctic of Western Siberia” was carried out within the international Russian-French project CAR-WET-SIB («Carbon-Wetlands-Siberia»), the consortium made up of a number of French and Russian organizations in 2007. Members of the consortium which was initiated, among others, by TSU, are focused on the scientific research of problems of climate, environment and ecology.

- This is yet the second Russian-French defense under the project CAR-WET-SIB that takes place at TSU. The first dissertation was defended by Maria Kolmakova a year ago. Her research advisers were Valeriy Zemtsov (TSU Department of Geology and Geography) and Alexey Kuraev (Toulouse). Now that we are implementing the Mega Grant for the establishment of a laboratory headed by Oleg Pokrovskiy and preparing to open a centre of excellence in the study of biota, climate and landscapes at TSU (under the programme of leading research university), we will sure attract ever more young people who will be able to get two degrees at the same time – Russian and foreign, - TSU professor Sergey Kirpotin says.