Irina I. Volkova
Candidate of Biological Science
National Research Tomsk State University
Level of English proficiency
Educational program and field of the educational program for which the applicant will be accepted
06.04.01 Biology (Biodiversity/Peatland Ecosystems)
List of research projects of the potential supervisor (participation/leadership)
Methods for increasing the carbon sequestration potential of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
Dynamics of ecosystems in Western Siberia under conditions of climate and land use changes
Vulnerable ecosystems and landscapes of Siberia in a changing climate
List of the topics offered for the prospective scientific research
Assessment of plant species diversity in a key area of the Vasyugansky State Nature Reserve
Vegetation of the key area of the Vasyugansky State Nature Reserve
Sphagnum mosses as microplastic traps in natural and disturbed ecosystems
Water-holding capacity of bryophytes (bryophyte group and study area of choice)
Biodiversity of Siberian wetlands
Zoogenic transformation of the vegetation of the Sailyugemsky National Park
Biodiversity of wetlands of territory of the Vasyugan Shared Use Center of Tomsk State University
Biodiversity of river basin wetlands (optional)
Peat-forming plants (territory and group of choice)
Flora, vegetation and stratigraphy of the peat deposit of the bog massif (optional)
Biodiversity of one type of wetland (optional)
Population-species relationships of organisms associated with cushion plants
Supervisor’s research interests
Supervisor’s main publications
● Water Holding Capacity of Some Bryophyta Species from Tundra and North Taiga of the West Siberia / I.I. Volkova, I.V. Volkov, Y.A. Morozova, V.A. Nikitkin [et al] // Water. 2023. Vol. 15, № 14. Art. num. 2626. URL:
● Pilot studies of the Unique Highland Palsa Mire in Western Sayan (Tuva Republic, Russian Federation) / S.N. Kirpotin, Z.N. Kvasnikova, S.A. Potapova, I.I. Volkova [et al] // Atmosphere. 2022. Vol. 13, № 1. Art. num. 32. URL:
● Can bryophyte groups increase functional resolution in tundra ecosystems? / T.V. Callaghan, I.I. Volkova, I.V. Volkov, S. Lett [et al] // Arctic Science. 2022. Vol. 8, № 3. P. 609‒637. DOI: 10.1139/AS-2020-0057
● Volkova I.I., Callaghan T.V., Volkov I.V., Chernova N.A., Volkova A.I. South-Siberian mountain mires: Perspectives on a potentially vulnerable remote source of biodiversity //Ambio. 2021. Vol. 50, № 11. P. 1975-1990.
● Great Vasyugan Mire: How the worlds largest peatland helps addressing the worlds largest problems / S.N. Kirpotin, O.A. Antoshkina, A.E. Berezin, N.M. Semenova [et al] // Ambio. 2021. Vol. 50, № 11. P. 2038‒2049. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-021-01520-2
● Impacts of environmental change on biodiversity and vegetation dynamics in Siberia / S.N. Kirpotin, T.V. Callaghan, A.S. Babenko, N.A. Bulakhova [et al] // Ambio. 2021. Vol. 50, № 11. P. 1926‒1952. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-021-01570-6
● Kirpotin S.N., Volkova I.I., Kolesnichenko L.G., Pokrovsky O.S. Peat deposits and peat-forming plants in the mires of the West Siberian northern taiga (based on studies of the Khanymei site) //IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 2019. Vol. 232. P. 1-7.
● Natalia A. Chernova, Irina I. Volkova. Sphagnum mosses on the mires of the Altai-Sayan Mountains region // International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2017. Vol. 74, № 5. P. 650‒654. DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2017.1283942
● Volkov I.V., Volkova I.I. More than just a plant: cushion plants as biodiversity protectors in high mountains of Siberia // International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2015. Vol. 72, № 3. P. 474‒489. DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2015.1027594
Volkov I.V., Volkova I.I. Reference community Siberian pine forests of Western Siberia as a local example of rational environmental management: anthropogenic disturbance analysis // International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2014. Vol. 71, № 5. P. 698‒706. DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2014.942536
Geobotany, Mires and Peatlands, Ecology, Biodiversity, Bryology, South-Siberian Mountain Mires, Peat Stratigraphy and Macrofossil Analysis, Paleoecology and Climate Change, Nature Management and Conservation
Research highlights
Use of unique equipment - field research stations, interaction with environmental and research organizations
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