Pontocaspian Information System PC-IS

This is the link to PC-IS, the Pontocaspian Information system. This system contains information on climate, anthropogenic pressure and biodiversity in the Caspian Sea - Black Sea region ("the Pontocaspian"). As part of the PRIDE program we have been assembling occurrence data of the threatened Pontocaspian molluscs in our PC-TAX system. The combined PC-Tax and PC-IS systems will allow you to explore aspects of climate, environment and biodiversity in the Pontocaspian region. And it contains information on the stakeholder organisations in Ukraine and Romania that are involved in Pontocaspian biodiversity conservation and conservation planning.
You can explore
  • The occurence of Pontocaspian species in the Black Sea region
  • Climate data (climate models developed by Sri Nandini from University of Bremen) 
  • Anthropogenic impact in the Caspian Basin (developed by Matteo Lattuada from Justus Liebig University, Giessen) and soon available with the title: Differential impact of anthropogenic pressures on Caspian Sea ecoregions, authors: M. Lattuada, C. Albrecht, T. Wilke, in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.
  • Stakeholders network in Ukraine and Romania, that are involved in Pontocaspian biodiversity conservation and conservation planning (developed by Aleksandre Gogaladze at Naturalis, The Netherlands)
We aim to improve and further extend PC-IS in the forthcoming years and welcome very much any feedback. Please send your feedback to:


PRIDE data - explore Pontocaspian biodiversity in the Pontocaspian Taxonomic Information Platform PC-TAX 

PC-Tax is the Pontocaspian taxonomic information platform that targets so-called Pontocaspian biota. These biota are a unique flora and fauna that evolved in mostly brackish lake systems in and around the Caspian Sea, Black Sea and adjacent lakes in the past few million years.

PC-Tax is developed as part of “PRIDE” (Drivers of Pontocaspian Biodiversity Rise and Demise). Between 2015 and 2018 we will include different lake biota, fossil and recent that characterize the Pontocaspian biota in PC-Tax. 

The aim of PC-Tax is to provide standardized taxonomic information to be used by researchers working with Pontocaspian biodiversity. We aim to attract users beyond the PRIDE program. 

PC-Tax is maintained by Aleksandre Gogaladze & Niels Raes (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands), so if you have any question please mail us at aleksandre(dot)gogaladze(at)naturalis(dot)nl

Article published by Anouk D'Hont

We are happy to announce that Anouk D'Hont has published an article in the journal Aquatic Invasions, International Journal of Research on Biological Invasions in Aquatic Ecosystems:

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. You can find the article with this link:

Aquatic invasions 2018 issue 4


Registration open until 14 June

Registration for the PRIDE-RCMNS conference is open until 14 June 2018, and thus closes in a few days. If you want to join, make sure you register before the 14th of June!

Only a few places left

There are only a few places left at the PRIDE-RCMNS conference. If you want to join us in Tbilisi, Georgia, in August, don't wait and register now!

We have a limited number of spaces available, due to the capacity of the plenary room. The maximum number of people for the conference is 120. We will use the first come, first serve principle.



Keynote speakers PRIDE-RCMNS conference

We are very excited that Orsolya SztanóOriol Oms, Henri J. Dumont, M.G. Karpinsky, David Lordkipanidze, and David Tarkhnishvili  will be keynote speakers at the PRIDE-RCMNS conference, 27-29 August 2018 in Tbilisi. 

  • Dr. Orsolya Sztanó is associate professor at the Department of Physical and Applied Geology, of the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest. 
  • Prof. Henri J. Dumont is professor of Ecology at the Universities of Guagzhou, China and Ghent, Belgium.
  • Prof. M.G. Karpinsky is working for the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography in Moscow
  • Prof. Oriol Oms  is professor of Geology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
  • Prof. David Lordkipanidze is professor and director of the Georgian National Musuem in Tbilisi.
  • Prof. David Tarkhnishvili is professor of Ecology at the Ilia State University of Tbilisi.

PRIDE final conference

From 27-29 August 2018, PRIDE will organize its final conference together with the RCMNS (Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy) in Tbilisi, Georgia. We are happy to welcome you in Tbilisi. Abstract submission and registration will be open in February 2018. See for more information this page on the website. Stay tuned for updates. More information regarding location, invited speakers, program and everything else will be released as it comes. 

We have identified four session topics and a panel session (there might be changes):

  • Geological and climatic drivers of biodiversity in the Pontocaspian in the Neogene and Quaternary
  • Rise and fall of Pontocaspian biodiversity – origins and controls
  • Neogene and Quaternary Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Southern Caucasus
  • The role of invasive species in the current Pontocaspian biodiversity crisis
  • Panel discussion 

Network Training in Russia

From 22 August to 1 September 2017 the PRIDE group had a Network Training in Russia.  The meeting was organized by the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Lomonosov Moscow State University and PRIDE. The meetings were in Kagal'nik, along the Don River and near the Sea of Azov, that is connected to the Black Sea, in Astrakhan and the Volga Delta that draines into the Caspian Sea. The conference with the titel "Where East Meets West: Pontocaspia, the historical dimension of the evolution of a unique biodversity" with students and partners from Western Europe and Eastern Europe, including Russia, Azerbijan and Romania. This is link to the conference excursions book. Many thanks to Vadim Titov and the SSC-RAS team!

The program included:

  • two day conference "Where East Meets West" in Kagal'nik with partners from all over Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania,
  • field excursions along the shore of the Taganrog Gulf of the Sea of Azov,
  • field excursions along the Don river,
  • an expedition to Manych, the scientific-expedition base of the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and excursion to the salt lake of Gruszkoe,
  • field excursion to the Volga and Astrakhan biosphere reserve in Damchik
  • field excursion to the outcrops of the village Selitrennoe
  • field excursion to the outcrops of the village Seroglazovka

Frank Wesselingh, Sri Nandini, Sifan Koriche, Vadim Titov, Alexey Tesakov and Redzhep Kurbanov were interviewed by local television stations:

local Russian television Our Time (Nashe vremiya)

local Russian television Don Guide (Don Vesti)

Rostov regional newspapers

Nashe vremiya (Our Time) - 1 September 2017, №275

Evening Rostov newspaper - 25 August 2017  


Two day conference in Kagal'nik with (poster) presentations by the PRIDE researchers, and with partners from all over Russia, Azerbaijan and Romania. 

Outcrop along the sea of Azov

At a branch of the Wolga in the Astrakhan Biosphere reserve

Excursion in the Astrakhan biosphere reserve of Damchik


At Manych Natural Reserve