Igor POLIKARPOV is acting head of the Deartment of Plankton at Alexander Kovalevsky's Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas (Sevastopol,Ukraine), which operates under the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He has also worked in the Karadag Natural Reserve in Crimea. He has a degree in biology from Simferopol State University (1984). His Ph.D. in General Ecology and Hydrobiology is from Lomonosov's Moscow State University (1990).

His current interests are coastal ecology research and management, long-term changes in marine ecosystems

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