Graduate student from Poland Małgozata Kohanska studies thermokarst lakes of Western Siberia at Tomsk State University.
Scientific interest and the history of Małgorzata Wiktoria Kochańska’s family led her to Tomsk. Her great grandmother lived there at the beginning of the last century.
- I received a master's degree in environmental protection in Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Shortly before the end of the magistracy I took part in the TSU international summer school on the environment, which was held at the University station in the Aktru Valley. And then I decided that I want to study in graduate school here - says Małgorzata.
- My research focuses on the climate change and its consequences for the ecology and biogeochemical properties of thermokarst lakes on the southern border of the West Siberian cryolithozone - says Małgorzata. - I could study in Europe, but chose Russia: here there are many possibilities, and the competition among researchers in my field is less. Moreover, today it is very important to show Europe what Russia is and how science is developing here.
- Tomsk is the city that closely associated with my family history. My grandmother lived here after the execution of her husband, a Polish officer, with her young son - my grandfather.
- I started to talk in Russian a little. I live in one room with a Russian girl, and I talk in Russian for practice. Tomsk is a very nice and unusual city, with lovely wooden houses. Such beauty I have never seen anywhere else - says Małgorzata.
Małgorzata Kochańska, TSU graduate student from Poland, will stay in Tomsk until the end of March. Then she will return home for a few months, and in summer will come here again: center "BioClimLand" plans several expeditions for the summer period.