Participants 2018

Grigorii Akhmanov


Chief Scientist; Project Leader. Associate Professor of the Faculty of Geology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University; director of the UNESCO-MSU Training and Research Centre for Marine Geology and Geophysics; head of the UNESCO Chair of Marine Geology

Already 25 years, pretty a long time, I deal with marine geological, geophysical and geochemical investigations. I took part in my first marine research expedition in 1993, as a student of the Faculty of Geology of Lomonosov Moscow State University. It was one of the UNESCO-MSU Floating University expeditions of the legendary International “Training-through-Research (TTR)” programme, which owns many really incredible discoveries in the field of marine geology. Then, with the UNESCO Floating University I have been in many research cruises, I have taken part in their organization, I took up teaching. Five years ago, the big annual seagoing expeditions have appeared to be practically impossible due to the changed global and national conditions. However, it was very important for me to save the well-elaborated and established system of the Floating University and to give to present-day students a chance to experience what I have experienced. That is how a project, called TTR-Class@Baikal, was launched at the Baikal Lake in collaboration with the Limnological Institute of Russian Academy of Science. Today the project maintains and continues traditions of the UNESCO Training-through-Research program.

Forthcoming expedition of the Class@Baikal is the 5th, jubilee one. Time runs very fast. There are some achievements, there are much to be done. It is not easier than before, but it is more interesting now. And, the most important is that our students, like 25 years ago, can participate in real scientific discoveries.

The cruise itself is always a great event. Especially for me, as for the project leader. It is something great already because we have managed to organize it once again. To be a Co-Chief Scientist of an expedition onboard RV “G.Yu. Vereschagin” is a big pleasure as well. The close-knit and very friendly crew headed by very professional captain… Hard-working, initiative, enthusiastic students and youth scientists, the best of the best in own fields of interests… An opportunity to carry out a real multi-disciplinary research, to study geological objects and phenomena in various forms and with different points of view… This is what any chief-scientist dreams about. There is everything for a creativity and discoveries of Nature.

All four previous expeditions were very successful. The data collected in the Class@Baikal cruises became the basis for 4 research papers, 7 MSc and 14 BSc thesis, more than 100 presentations on scientific conferences, including international forums. This is just statistics. Much more important is that the Class@Baikal, primary educational project, has got recognized by scientific community. “Training-through-research” is in action on Lake Baikal.

Scientific tasks and plans of the forthcoming expedition is just amazing. The Class@Baikal-2018 team is very strong. We can do a lot! We love Baikal, we wish to study it. And we are going to share our love and knowledge with the World.


Khlystov Oleg 


Chief Scientist. Head of the Laboratory of Geology of the Lake Baikal, Limnological Institute of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.

My interests: geology, marine geology, relaxation, family, activity holidays, skis, etc.

Have you already been in sea expeditions? Yes. It is my  26th field season.  I was two times in the Sea of Okhotsk (2004), once in the Mediterranean Sea (2016)

What will you do in this expedition? (your tasks) The  management of expedition, bottom sampling, sediment temperature measurement .

Are you been encouraged by results of last year expedition? Yes and no.  We could work more and better in the geophysical leg. 

Write, please, about the day/situation/moment which was been most remembered for you from the last expedition.

The previous expedition to Baikal was remembered by new people, new methodologies. In general  we had a lot of good interesting  moments, very difficult to put first things first.


Solovieva Marina


Leader of  Geophysical team. Geophysicist of MSU Seismic Data Analysis Center.

I am a master of geology (specialization is marine seismic) and I am an interpreter in the MSU Seismic Data Analysis Center. The most interesting fields for me are near-surface processes: gravity flows, landslide processes, mud volcanism, neotectonics and other. My first visit on the Baikal Lake was in 2013. It was an expedition of the MSU Geological School where we studied unique geological objects outcropped on the shores of the Baikal Lake and observed its amazing beauty. My indissoluble connection with this place, great deference and love for the Baikal Lake were born in that moment.

In 2014 I have participated in the First Class@Baikal expedition. Since then my life is closely connected with the Baikal Lake. I am going there already for the ninth time and this expedition will be the sixth one for me. Besides, I have participated in three expeditions to the White Sea and I have worked at the Teletskoye Lake, also giving lectures and seminars. So I have a considerable experience both in marine seismic surveying and teaching.

During the previous four expeditions I have grown from an incompetent student into a specialist, and now I have been entrusted with an honorable and very responsible appointment of the leader of the geophysical team of the cruise. Therefore, my main tasks in this expedition will be a coordination of all members of the geophysical team and transfer of knowledge to the students. In addition, my responsibilities include planning of seismic profiles and bottom sampling, data quality control and an interpretation of the seismic data.

A significant amount of geological and geophysical data was obtained in the previous Class@Baikal expeditions. Based of them I prepared and successfully defended master's dissertation, participated at several international conferences and published an article. One of the most important achievements is that I have got the research grant of RFBR for study of deep-water depositional system Khuray which is the most interesting object for me.

The Class@Baikal project provides a unique opportunity to extend boundaries of your interest area and to learn other aspects of marine geological and geophysical studies. In these expeditions I gained invaluable experience, while I was watching at a work of geological teams and geochemical and lithological sampling. I saw the mysterious gas hydrates, touched the Baikal bottom sediments and learned its geological structure. I am sure that the upcoming Fifth anniversary international expedition Class@Baikal will be even more successful, interesting and informative, and Baikal will bring new surprises to us! 




Efremov Vladimir

Expert, Geophysical team.




Bulanova Irina 

Geophysical team. Student of the Geological Faculty of Moscow State University, the Department of Seismometry and Geoacoustics. 

This year I graduated from the Bachelor's Degree school. I like traveling very much, especially in the quiet nooks of Russia. It is a great pleasure for me to communicate with people who do not stand still and constantly strive to expand their horizons, learn new things and share their experience with others.
Previous year I have participated in training practice of marine seismic exploration on the White Sea.
After that I have got interested in marine researches. Also previous year I was lucky to take part in the expedition of Class @ Baikal-2017.
Baikal is a place where I dreamed to go from childhood. And this expedition is not only the fulfillment of a small dream, but also the opportunity to communicate with specialists in the field of marine geology and geophysics, to obtain practical skills and work experience. I hope that the expedition will be interesting and productive and will remain in the memory of each participant for a long time!



Gordeev Egor

Geophysical team.

I completed my Master's studies at the Department of Seismometry and Geoacoustics at the Geological Faculty of Moscow State University in 2018. This year I'm going to apply for postgraduate program at the same department.
I am interested in marine research since the seismic exploration practice held at the White Sea Biological Station in 2015. Since then I have been working at the MSU Seismic Data Analysis Center as an interpreter of seismic data. My duties include a comprehensive analysis of the wave field for detection of offshore geological hazards (objects presenting a risk for drilling wells and building on water areas).
Interpretation of seismic data fascinates me as an amazing combination of marine geology, applied mathematics and a creative approach to problem solving. During last two years I have been working on my Master`s thesis which is dedicated to seismic investigation of subsea permafrost on the Kara Sea shelf. I find this topic particularly exciting because it allows me to contribute to research which is still insufficiently investigated In my spare time I'm interested in studying foreign languages ​​- English and German. I like to read and listen to classical music.
I am participating in the expedition on Lake Baikal for the first time. One of my tasks is a processing of seismic data. This mission provides me with an opportunity to gain experience in this field of work. It is also very interesting to study the structure of the upper part of the section in a new region.
I am sure that the expedition on Lake Baikal will bring me a unique experience of a marine seismic exploration. I am also happy to be given a chance to admire the beauty of the lake that I wanted to visit since I was a child.


Barymova Alexandra

Head of geological group. Marine geologist, drone pilot, Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center

My scientific interests are on marine geology, sedimentology, geomorphology, aerial photography by unmanned aerial vehicles, mapping of coastal zones. 
Most of all I like the integrated researche, because I have to see into not only my profession, but also into related fields, to work with colleagues - geophysicists, geomorphologists, ecologists, biologists, to help each other. Research cruise is a great opportunity to immerse in the integrated research, to feel the beauty of the full picture that the participants of the cruise are trying to create. 
Since 2015, I have been studying the bottom sediments and coastal zones of various water areas - the North Atlantic, the Ob Bay, the White Sea, the Black Sea. 
This year I was invited to take part in the expedition to Baikal, for me it's an honor. 
My main task during the expedition is to coordinate the work of the members of the geological group, work with students. 
I have never been to Lake Baikal, so I'm looking forward to meeting with gas hydrates, mud volcanoes, oil sinks of the Gorevoy Utes and the legendary Khurai. A great success is the presence of a foreign expert on our voyage, I will gladly use this opportunity to practice English-speaking sedimentology.



Adriano Mazzini

Expert, Geological group. Senior Researcher, the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED - University of Oslo)






Kudaev Artur 


Leader of Sedimentological team. Undergraduate student of the Department of Petroleum Geology and Geochemistry, the Faculty of Geology, the Lomonosov Moscow State University

My Master’s (higher education) work is about “Subaqueous slope sliding as an indication of focused hydrocarbon discharging on water area”. I’m very proud that I can use unique data from The Baikal lake bottom sediments to find new knowledge in sciences. It is very difficult, but joint efforts within our scientific group bring their results.
I hope that the result of this year's expedition will be very successful. Because I will have to train young students, in whose eyes I already see a great desire to work and create science. 


Egoshina Evgeniya 

Sedimentological team. 3rd year student at the Faculty of Geology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Petroleum geology department. 

My interests are many: from profound contemplation to athletic hobbies and sports. My research interests include oil sedimentology and geology of combustible fossil. In the expedition I will perform the part of a member of the sedimentology detachment. My tasks will be selection and processing of Geological samples. I will focus on the sedimentary system of Khurai, which still remains a small "White spot" in geology. I am infinitely pleased to take part in the scientific research expedition Class@Baikal2018.

Baikal - one of the most famous places on Earth, but at the same time, it still remains mysterious and unexplored. We are given the honor of touching modern science, of making our own discovery and unleashing our creativity. Class@Baikal2018 is my first Marine expedition and I enthusiastically aim to perform a huge amount of work on the ship and in the laboratory. I hope that my work will be part of the world of science.


Vidishcheva Olesya

Leader of geochemical team

The main scientific interest of mine is geochemistry of hydrocarbon gases and during the cruise I will be taking a part in bottom sampling of sediments, hydrocarbon gases, in degassing of sediments and preparation for transportation of hydrocarbon gases in laboratories of the Moscow University.

I have been studying Baikal since 2014. This expedition will be the fifth. For five years of the program "Class @ Baikal" I wrote a Bachelor's and Master's degree on the "Composition and origin of hydrocarbon fluids in bottom sediments of Lake Baikal". I plan to continue this topic in my PhD program. Now we have a large database on the hydrocarbon gases of Lake Baikal, but there are still many questions.

The expedition of Class @ Baikal is an excellent chance to take part in all the stages of the gas-geochemical exploration of the water areas: from the preparation to the scientific cruise, analysis in laboratories and interpretation of data.



Delengov Mikhail

Geochemical team. 3rd year student at the Faculty of Geology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Petroleum geology department. 

I enjoy travelling, that is why Lake Baikal is the place where I have been dreaming to get from the very childhood. Expedition Class@Baikal-2018 is an incredible chance not only to fulfill a dream, but also to gain valuable experience of real geological research. In addition, this is a unique opportunity for communication with high-class specialists in geophysics, geochemistry and sedimentology.

Field of my scientific interests includes geochemistry of fossil fuels, in this expedition the object of my research is oil manifestations on the bottom of Lake Baikal.

I am convinced that the expedition is going to be interesting, effective and productive, after which there will be a lot of impressions and necessary knowledge.



Sorokoumova Yana

Geochemical team. PhD student of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Geological Faculty 

The field of my scientific interests is connected with the hydrocarbon migration modeling and pore waters study. So far, I have never taken part in marine expeditions, so this expedition is a great opportunity for me to develop the skills of work organization in new conditions, to get imagination about my colleagues’ investigation and to participate in the study of such an outstanding object as Lake Baikal. During the Class@Baikal-2018 expedition, I will provide measurements of the oxidation-reduction potential and acidity of pore and lake waters and take samples for laboratory tests. Due to its uniqueness, Baikal has always attracted huge number of researchers and I am not an exception, so I am glad to have an opportunity to visit this lake for the first time and make my contribution to its understanding.