PhD's Program “Ecology”

The programme centers around the dynamics of forest vegetation and soils in a changing climate, a role of Siberian forests in the carbon cycle, the restoration of forest vegetation and soil conditions under the impact of several factors, such as, fires, pollution, recreation and others. Studies are conducted through experiments and data processing, as well as distance methods (GIS technology), and modeling.

Field studies cover the whole territory of the Yenisei Siberia. Long-term observations in situ are conducted in cooperation with V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Russian Academy of Science, Siberian Branch, during field trips to the north-boreal subzone (expeditionary station “Tura”, Central Evenkia), middle-boreal subzone (expeditionary station “ZOTTO”, Turukhansk region) and south-boreal subzone (experimental field station “Pogorelskiy Bor”).

Professor Irina N. Bezkorovaynaya

School of Ecology and Geography, Siberian Federal University

tel.: +7 391 244-67-40
e-mail: ibezkorovaynaya [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru

Professor Irina N. Bezkorovaynaya’s research interests are forest ecology, biological cycle in natural and disturbed forest ecosystems, and ecological functions of soils. Recently, her studies have focused on the response of forest ecosystems to the cumulative effect of climate and fire in permafrost conditions.

Publications

Total number of papers: 111.

  • Gavrikov, V. L., Sharafutdinov, R. A., Knorre, A. A., Pakharkova, N. V., Shabalina, O. M., Bezkorovaynaya, I. N., ... & Khlebopros, R. G. (2016). How much carbon can the Siberian boreal taiga store: a case study of partitioning among the above-ground and soil pools. Journal of Forestry Research, 27(4), 907-912.
  • Bezkorovainaya, I. N., Evgrafova, S. Yu., Klimchenko, A. V., Zakharchenko, L. P. (2016). Biomass and potential activity of soil biota in cryogenic forest ecosystems of Central Siberia. Lesovedenie.#2. 127-134.
  • Bezkorovaynaya I. N., Ivanova, G. A., Prokushkin, A. S., Evgrafova, S. Yu., Klimchenko, A. V., Tarasov, P. A., Solnishkin, I. A. (2015). Dynamic of the soil properties after forest fires in Boreal ecosystems of Central Siberia (Russia) . FLAMMA, #6(2): P. 81-85.
  • Bezkorovaynaya, I. N. (2014). Forest-tundra soil invertebrate communities under conditions of technogenic pollution. Contemporary problems of ecology, 7(6), 708-713.
  • Bezkorovaynaya, I. N., Antonov, G. I., Klimchenko, A. V., Ponomareva, T. V. (2013). Influence of selective logging on nitrogen fund in sod-podzolic soils of pine Krasnoyarsk forest-steppe. Lesovedenie. 5: 47-53.
  • Vedrova, E. F., Evdokimenko, M. D., Bezkorovaynaya, I. N., Mukhortova, L. V., & Cherednikova, Y. S. (2012). Reserves of carbon in the organic matter of postfire pine forests in the southwest of the Baikal region. Contemporary Problems of Ecology, 5(7), 645-653.
  • Bezkorovaynaya I. N.(2011). Participation of soil invertebrates in decomposition of organic matter in forest ecosystems of Central Siberia. Eurasian Soil Science. 2: 206-214.
  • Bogorodskaya, A. V., Krasnoschekova, E. N., Bezkorovainaya, I. N., Ivanova, G. A. (2010). Postfire microbial transformation and systems of invertebrates in the soil of pine forests of Central Siberia. Siberian Journal of Ecology. 6: 893-901.
  • Krasnoschekov, Y. N., Bezkorovainaya, I. N. (2008). Functioning of soils in areas of breeding Siberian moth in the southern taiga of Central Siberia. Biology Bulletin. 1 :84-93.
  • Bezkorovainaya, I. N., Krasnoschekova, E. N., Ivanova, G. A. (2007). Transformation of complex soil invertebrates at different intensity surface fires. Biology Bulletin, 5: 619-625.
  • Bezkorovainaya, I. N., Tarasov, P. A., Ivanova, G. A., Bogorodskaya, A. V., & Krasnoshchekova, E. N. (2007). The nitrogen reserves in sandy podzols after controlled fires in pine forests of Central Siberia. Eurasian Soil Science, 40(6), 700-707.
  • Krasnoschekov, Y. N., Bezkorovainaya, I. N., Kuzmichenko, V. V. 2007. Transformation properties of the forest floor in a controlled burning of Dendrolimus sibiricus in the Lower Angara. Eurasian Soil Science. 2 : 170-178.
  • Bezkorovaynaya, I. N. The formation of soil invertebrate communities in the Siberian afforestation experiment. (2005). Tree Species Effects on Soils: Implications for Global Change. Springer Netherlands, 307-316.
  • Pleshikov, F. I., Vedrova, E. F., Kaplunov, V. Ya., Mukhortova, L. V., Bezkorovainaya, I. N., Klimchenko, A. V. (2003). Carbon Cycle in the Northern Larch Taiga. Doklady of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Earth Science Section, 388(1): 246-248.
  • Vedrova, E. F., Mukhortova, L. V., Bezkorovaynaia, I. N., Klimchenko, A. V., Klimentenok, L. A. (2002). Organic Matter of Soils under Larch Forests of the Northern Taiga in the Niznyaya Tunguska River Basin. Eurasian Soil Science, 35(8) 967–974.
  • Bezkorovaynaya, I. N. (2002). Estimation of Invertebrate Biomass of Taiga Forest Soils of Krasnoyarskiy Kray. Siberian Journal of Ecology, 6: 679-684.
  • Krasnochekov, Yu. N., Sorokin, N. D., Bezkorovaynaya, I. N. Yashikhin, G. I. (2001).Genetic peculiarities of Northern Taiga Soils in the Yenisei region of Siberia. Eurasian Soil Science, 34(1): 12–20.
  • Bezkorovaynaya, I. N. (1999). Effect of Some Environmental Factors on Soil Mesofauna Formation in Forest Cultures. Eurasian Soil Science, 5: 593-600.
  • Bezkorovaynaya, I. N. (1997). Estimation of the Role of Soil Saprophages in the Processes of Transformation of Leaf and Needle Litters. Siberian Journal of Ecology, 4: 391–395.
Duration: 4 years
(this period can be shorter depending on the availability of a PhD thesis)
Language: English
Entry requirements:
  • Master’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Geography.

  • An adequate level of English proficiency (certificate or another document).

Apply to The Centre for International Education and Certified Testing for a certificate if you do not have it, the Russian language preparatory course is available.

Tuition fee: € 2,600. The cost does not include accommodation and living expenses.
Accommodation: On-campus accommodation is available: single ensuite room 45 € per month, twin ensuite room 30 € per month.
Practicalities: Airport transfer, invitation letter for a Russian study visa and an optional survival course of Russian as a foreign language are provided by the University.

Biogeochemistry of Eurasia Ecosystems (2011–2013), Principal Investigator: Professor E.-D. Schulze, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany.

Biology of cryogenic soils under changing soil and climatic conditions (2013-2015), Principal Investigator: Professor Irina Bezkorobaynaya, Institute of Ecology and Geography, SibFU.

Field study of cryogenic soils under changing soil and climatic conditions (2013), Principal Investigator: Professor Ieina Bezkorobaynaya, Institute of Ecology and Geography, SibFU.

Field study of cryogenic soils and north forest ecosystem response to changes in permafrost regime (2014), Principal Investigator: Professor Irina Bezkorobaynaya, Institute of Ecology and Geography, SibFU.

Effect of landscape on the integral evaluation of carbon deposition in the natural reserves of Siberian southern taiga (2014-2015), Principal Investigator: Professor Vladimir Gavrikov, Institute of Ecology and Geography, SibFU.

The response of soil biota in forest ecosystems of Central Siberia to the cumulative effect of climate and fires in conditions of permafrost (2016-2018), Principal Investigator: Professor Irina Bezkorovaynaya, Institute of Ecology and Geography, SibFU.

The projects were supported by the RF Government and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

Course Time spent (in hours)
Basic courses
Landscapes ecology 2 (72)

Biosphere functions of forest ecosystems 2 (72)

Dendroclimatology 2 (72)

Restoration of forest ecosystems 2 (72)

Electives
Processing of experimental data 3 (108)

Methodology of PhD Thesis Preparation 3 (108)

ICT in scientific research 3 (108)

Academic English 3 (108)

Basic English 3 (108)

Russian (fee will apply) 3 (108)

Professor Irina N. Bezkorovaynaya

School of Ecology and Geography, Siberian Federal University

tel.: +7 391 244-67-40
e-mail: ibezkorovaynaya [at] sfu-kras [dot] ru

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