Artyom Kulik, a 4th year student of the Higher School of Ecology, took part in the All-Russian Conference with international participation "Permafrost Soils in the Anthropocene". The scientific and practical forum was held in Yamal.
Artyom Kulik is also a lab technician in the laboratory of the study of spatial and temporal variability of carbon balance of forest and bog ecosystems of the middle taiga of Western Siberia, and at the conference he presented his work on the methodology of estimation of carbon and nitrogen stocks in soils of the southern tundra of Western Siberia.
"At the conference I learned about the latest research and new approaches to studying permafrost soils. Data was presented on the impact of climate change on permafrost conditions, as well as the importance of permafrost soil conservation for biodiversity and ecosystems. I also learned about new methods of monitoring permafrost soils and what technologies are used to study their structure and properties," said the YuSU researcher.
The young scientist not only expanded his knowledge in the field of permafrost soils and learned about the latest achievements in this area. The YuSU student also met other scientists and specialists who work in this field. "In general, I believe that participation in the conference helped me to become more competent and efficient in my work," Artyom Kulik noted.
The first three days of the conference were devoted to scientific sessions, poster sessions and round tables, the remaining two days were spent on field trips with lectures, excursions to the Rai-Iz mountain range and the carbon polygon "Seven Larch".
"I was impressed by the nature of Yamal, it was my first experience of working in the Arctic area. I really enjoyed the ecosystems of the tundra and forest tundra, as well as the mountains of the Polar Urals," said Artyom Kulik.
The geography of the conference participants was impressive - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nalchik, Volgograd, Syktyvkar, Salekhard, Tyumen, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Ulan-Ude, Yakutsk, Vladivostok, to name a few. There were also foreign speakers, both in person and remotely - from Israel, Mexico, Germany, China and Canada. In total, more than 150 scientists, undergraduate and graduate students.