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
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
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.
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.
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.