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.

Network Training in Russia

 In August 2017 the PRIDE group had a Network Training in Russia: Where East Meets West. The meetings were along the Don River and the Sea of Azov, that is connected to the Black Sea, and the Volga Delta that drains into the Caspian Sea. The program included a conference with partners from all over Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania, and field excursions in the area.

Sampling expedition on the Black Sea

Diksha Bista and Anouk D'Hont were recently on board of the Mare Nigrum on a sampling expedition on the Black Sea, together with Bianca Pavel from GeoEcoMar.

Very positive review for PRIDE

On 16 February we had the mid-term review meeting in Leiden. The conclusions of the EU project officer and the expert reviewer were very positive:

Justine Vandendorpe in Yamal Peninsula

Our researcher Justine Vandendorpe went to the Yamal Peninsula (northwest Siberia, Russia) in June 2017. She joined a research group studying the decline of the long-tailed duck population. She was interviewed by two local television channels. You can find the links here.

Public awareness on biodiversity, attitudes and understanding

Impressions from Summer Biological Practicum of Richelieu Lyceum (Odessa), that was held along the Psel River in 2017. 102 lyceum students participated in total representing 7 scientific groups. We thank Dr. Mikhail Son from the Institute of Marine biology for his invaluable contribution.

Outreach in Ukraine and Romania

Aleksandre Gogaladze is currently traveling around Ukraine and Romania to promote PRIDE citizen science. Here are his first impressions from Ukraine and Romania.