Sedimentary architecture and depositional controls of a Pliocene river-dominated delta in the semi-isolated Dacian Basin, Black Sea, Elisabeth L. Jorissen, Arjan de Leeuw, Christiaan G.C. van Baak , Oleg Mandic, Marius Stoica, Hemmo A. Abels, Wout Krijgsman. Elsevier, Sedimentary Geology, Volume 368, June 2018, Pages 1-23.
3rd European School on Ostracoda, Jena (Germany), 19th – 23rd March 2018: An introduction to Ostracoda
by Lea Rausch
The European School on Ostracoda is designed to provide an overview of the taxonomy, (palaeo)ecology, biodiversity, geological history and applied biostratigraphy of ostracods. It is intended for young scientists and industrial staff interested in micropalaeontology, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology, biology and environmental applications. The 3rd round of the course focussed on methods and concepts of ostracodology including systematics, biostratigraphic applications, ecology and life history spanning their fossil record from the Paleozoic to the Holocene and covering the recent fauna as well. Case studies from marine and continental systems as well as practical training for identification, preparation, documentation and analysis have been an important part of the course.
For the first time this year ostracoda of Paratethyan origin were thematically highlighted and introduced by Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher Lea Rausch. The endemic ostracod assemblages from the Paratethys play a significant role in reconstructing the paleoenvironmental evolution and connectivity in between semi-isolated basins of the Pontocaspian region. An upper Miocene ostracod assemblage from the Denizli Basin (SW Anatolia, Turkey), was used to give paleogeographic implications and helped to elucidate the role of the satellite region as source/sinks area of Pontocaspian biota.
The next course, which takes place at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany) in Spring 2019, is primarily intended for young researchers at the PhD or MSc. stages of their careers and industrial staff who intend to work with ostracoda. The course is financially supported by the “Society of Friends/Förderverein IRGO e.V.”. For further information visit http://www.support-irgo.net/eso/.
Group picture of the "European School on Ostracoda 2018" at the Geological Institute of the University Jena
Sampling of living ostracoda in the field in the “Pennickental” during the first “European School on Ostracoda” in 2016.
The international group of young ostracodologists reviewing some of the discussed species in 2016 (top) and 2018 (bottom).
Sri Nandini presented a poster at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), 11 to 15 December 2017 in New Orleans. The aim of the poster talk was to show the audience how global climate affects the regional climate of the Caspian basin like precipitation and evaporation over the time scale of 1850-2100 with the help of a climate model. Sri is working at the Center of Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) of the University of Bremen. She helped to represent Marum at its booth and this was advertised at their website.
Sri Nandini joined the UN Climate Change Conference (COP), 6-17 Nov 2017, in Bonn, Germany. The conference was chaired by the Presidency of Fiji, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.
Aside from that Sri Nandini was interviewd in BUS, the journal of the University of Bremen. At page 7 you will find the interview with Sri, in German.
Anouk D'Hont gave a talk at the International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS2017) on 23 October 2017.
This is a link to the program and abstracts.
The introduction and spread of invasive species in freshwater and marine environments is a worldwide problem that is increasing in frequency.
Aleksandre Gogaladze gave a talk at the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference on 10 October 2017. EMSEA is an informal non-profit organisation which provides a platform for ocean education and promoting ocean literacy within Europe. The goals of EMSEA are
- to stimulate is dialogue between European and international marine educators and scientists
- to provide training and teaching materials to support marine educators
- to raise educators awareness of ocean issues and the need for a sustainable futrure for our coasts, seas and oceans
The title of his talk: "Baseline public biodiversity awareness in the coastal areas of Danube Delta in Ukraine and Romania".
Video production by Willemien Op den Orth about the rapid sea level changes in the Caspian Sea. Made in 1995 during the visit of a delegation of scientists from the Netherlands (Wageningen University, Dutch Department of Water Affairs) and the Russian Federation (MGU: Moscow State University) to Dagestan, Kalmykia, Astrakhan Nature Reserve.
With Prof. Salomon Kroonenberg (scientific Advisory Board PRIDE), Prof. P.A. Kaplin, S. Parshnikova, V.V. Erdniev, G.N. Murtchusaliev, A. Veldkamp, H. Winkels, G.A. Krivonosov
Translation into English and voice-over: Jim Boekbinder. Produced and directed by Willemien Op den Orth
Details Caspian Sea Level since 1992
These are the most actual details of the level of the Caspian Sea.
Within the framework of projects PRIDE and LIFE for Danube Sturgeons a study has been conducted on the Current public awareness of biodiversity in the coastal areas of the Black Sea. Here are the photographic impressions from Summer Biological Practicum of Richelieu Lyceum (Odessa). In this annual two week field trip, that was held along the Psel River in 2017, 102 lyceum students participated in total representing 7 scientific groups (invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, botany, hydrobiology, soil biology and entomology, physiology, geology). We thank Dr. Mikhail Son from the Institute of Marine biology for his invaluable assistance and contribution.
Aleksandre Gogaladze is currently (May, June 2017) traveling around Ukraine and Romania. His plan is to interview the stakeholder institutions to gather data on their social network structures in order to understand how Pontocaspian biodiversity related environmental issues are shared and communicated among different actors in Ukraine and Romania; Besides, he will work on promoting the PRIDE citizen science through the taxonomic identification sheet. Here are his first impressions from Romania.
I arrived in Bucharest a week ago from Ukraine loaded with new experiences and positive emotions. I had a very productive 2 weeks in Ukraine and thanks to PRIDE’s Ukrainian partners I managed to interview 11 stakeholder institutions. Also thanks to the Ukrainian hospitality I was invited on excursions in 3 different protected areas on the Black Sea coast where I met the directors of protected areas and also representatives of different conservation organizations. Apart from interviewing them we had fruitful discussions about conservation problems in general that Ukraine is currently facing and also about different possibilities of leaflet distribution and citizen science promotion on protected areas.
Picture 1. Regional Landscape Park “Kinburn Spit”
Picture 2. Regional Landscape Park “Kinburn Spit”
Picture 3. Regional Landscape Park “Kinburn Spit”
I spent most of my 2 weeks in Kherson, however before going to Kherson I stayed in Kiev for several days and met PRIDE’s partner institutions: Prof. Vitaliy Anistratenko from the Institute of Zoology and Ms. Natalia Gozak from WWF Ukraine. We discussed and planned the future steps together and they helped me with contacting the stakeholder institutions.
Picture 4. At the office of the Lower Dnieper National Nature Park. Interviewing the Vice—director Ms. Alena Ponomarova.
Picture 5. Regional Landscape Park “Kinburn Spit”. In the house of the director of the Park: Mr. Petrovych Zinovii together with Prof. Ivan Moysiyenko from Kherson State University and his family.
It is already one week I am in Bucharest, Romania. I have interviewed 3 institutions here so far and there are many more planned meetings to come before I go back to Ukraine for my secondment at WWF Ukraine. I met with PRIDE’s Romanian partner institutions: Prof. Marius Stoika from the University of Bucharest and Dr. Luis Popa and Dr. Oana Popa from the Grigore Antipa Museum. They were very helpful with putting me in contact with stakeholders and thanks to them I have many meeting fixed.
Besides, I and my fellow ESR colleagues: Alberto Martínez Gándara and Lea Rausch have very exciting plans on engaging with Black Sea Coastal schools and Universities and raising awareness and promoting citizen science amongst students using our leaflet. In Romania, with the assistance of Ana Bianca Pavel from INCD GeoEcoMar, we already have fixed meeting in Constanta with 5th grade school students from 2 different schools on May 30th. This will be a one day extra-curricular activity where we will explain the school students about the importance and uniqueness of Pontocaspian biota and we will enlighten them on how they can help us using the leaflet to generate the actual scientific data on species occurences.
Picture 6. Excursion in the Lower Dnieper National Nature Park territory. From right to left: me, Director of the Park: Mr. Aleksey Chachibaia and school students from Kherson Gymnasium
Another good news is that with the great support of Ms. Natalia Gozak from WWF Ukraine we have already introduced our leafelts into 20 Black Sea Boxes that will be distributed around schools in Ukraine. Also, Ms. Natalia Gozak suggested to dedicate 1 day to PRIDE from the Ichthyological field work that WWF Ukraine is organizing for Kherson University students. The fieldwork will take place in Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, in Vilkovo area, Odessa Region and the day for PRIDE will be on June 27. We have asked for expert assistance from Dr. Mikhail Son from the Institute of Marine Biology in Odessa and fortunately he is willing to accompany us on the fieldwork on June 27 and represent PRIDE together with me, Lea and Alberto. Our intentions are to enlighten the students on the uniqueness of Pontocaspian biota and importance of Pontocaspian mollusks in food webs as a food source for Sturgeon and other Pontocaspian fish species. The theory will be accompanied by a fieldwork at the end of the day and we intend to use our leaflets to show students different species assemblages in different environments (marine, estuarine, freshwater).
Author: Aleksandre Gogaladze
Our ESR Sri Nandini attended the European Geosciences Union - EGU 2017 conference in Vienna, Austria from 23–28 April 2017 and presented a poster on her research. Her research entrails Past and Future Impact of North Atlantic Teleconnection Patterns on the Hydroclimate of the Caspian Catchment in CESM1.2.2 Model and observations. EGU is Europe's biggest Scientific Conference held annually with 15,000 participants from 107 countries, a great choice for networking, outreaching and development of early career scientists.
The Open Science Meeting (OSM) and the associated Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) are the premier scientific events of Past Global Changes (PAGES), a core project of Future Earth and a scientific partner of the World Climate Research Programme. The theme this year is "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective."
Sri's presentation will be recorded and put online afterwards. We are very excited to see the involvement of PRIDE Science at international conferences and wish Sri Nandini all the very best for this!!
Sri Nandini and Sifan Koriche joined the Marie Curie Alumni Conference, 24-25 March 2017 in Salamanca, Spain. The MCAA conference was quite productive in terms of poster presenting, networking and collaborations. Sifan and I had great opportunities for outreach. We got interviewed twice by the MCAA, once a monologue and a question-answer-session. Let's see what they will publish.
From 13 to 18 February 2017 we organized the 7th PRIDE Network Training Event at Naturalis/GiMaRIS in Leiden. The program: ethics lecture, video vlogging course, stress mitigation, progress talks by the ESRs, work package discussions, joint projects and field trip discussions, talks on biodiversity in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, talk about the work of IUCN.
On 16 February 2017 we received the project officer Giuliana Donini and reviewer Guy Duke for the mid-term review meeting.
On Friday evening we went to Amsterdam where Salomon Kroonenberg presented his book: Spiegelzee.
At the book presentation of Spiegelzee of Salomon Kroonenberg.