Welcome to the homepage of the PRIDE programme. From 2015 until 2019 we will investigate the evolution and demise of lakes systems and biota in the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and surroundings.

The programme combines climate-, geo- and bio- sciences and is conducted by 15 Early Stage Researchers. The PRIDE network contains 21 partipating institutes. Here you can find the background of the programme, you can explore workpackages here (WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4) and here are the 15 projects outlined.

If you have any question? Please contact us here.

Discover the unique mollusk fauna of the Black Sea - Identification sheet

Available in four languages
- pdf - English
- pdf - Ukrainian
- pdf - Romanian
- pdf - Russian

PRIDE proudly presents the identfication sheet to the most characteristic mollusk species of the Black Sea. We invite everybody to participate in the PRIDE project by uploading observations to the iNaturalist portal. 

We want to:

  • raise awareness of the uniqueness of Pontocaspian biodiversity and the current biodiversity crisis and
  • collect data on mollusk species in Northern Black Sea through the joint efforts of citizen scientists.

This will help us update our appearance/distribution maps on our taxonomic platform: PC-Tax ( whereupon we will be able to identify the areas of follow up action.

Article published by Anouk D'Hont

Anouk D'Hont, PRIDE researcher, has published an article: Drivers of dominance shifts between invasive Ponto-Caspian dreissenids Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) and Dreissena rostriformis bugensis (Andrusov, 1897)Anouk D’Hont, Adriaan Gittenberger, A. Jan Hendriks and Rob S.E.W. Leuven, Aquatic invasions 2018 issue 4

PRIDE-RCMNS conference in Tbilisi

From 26 to 30 August 2018 PRIDE organised the PRIDE-RCMNS conference in Tbilisi, Georgia: Ecosystem isolation and connection: rise and demise of biota in the Pontocaspian-Caucasian region. Around 100 persons attended the conference. Here you will see some pictures.

Lea Rausch participated in excavation campaign

Lea Rausch participated in the 2018 excavation campaign of the Caune de l’Arago (Tautavel, France), getting hands-on insights in the impact of climate and landscape dynamics as constraining factors of hominine occurrences in SW Anatolia, Turkey.