Dr Anna Gebruk

Dr Anna Gebruk, PhD in environmental scienceIMG_9179

Scientific Project Manager, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

H2020 iAtlantic Project Manager

I am a marine ecologist with expertise in biodiversity conservation, benthic ecology, and environmental monitoring. I believe that informed science-based decision making is essential for achieving sustainable development goals.

Recently earned a PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Edinburgh, I have 9 years of academia training combined with >5 years of industry experience with strong record of leadership and management of projects and teams of different scale and complexity.

I am very excited to begin the new part of my journey as a Scientific Project Manager in the Changing Oceans group, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, working on a range of projects from developing documentation to support nomination of a new marine protected area in the North Atlantic to research expeditions to study biodiversity of the Titanic wreck, and most recently – joining the Project Office of H2020 iAtlantic Research Project as iAtlantic Project Manager.

More about iAtlantic: https://www.iatlantic.eu/

Key interests: biodiversity conservation, ocean observing systems, biofouling, invasive species, marine pollution, international scientific collaboration 

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PhD Thesis

My PhD Thesis “Assessing the status, variability, and biodiversity conservation issues of Arctic benthic ecosystems of the Pechora Sea for improved management”  focused on collecting and analysing biodiversity data to identify key stressors of benthic biodiversity and develop recommendations to improve ecological monitoring in the area of heightened ecological significance in the Russian Arctic.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Scientific Project Manager

|March 2022 – present

As a scientific project manager at the Changing Oceans Research group in the School of GeoSciences, I am responsible for the delivery of a range of projects spanning from consultancy support of the marine protected area nomination in the Atlantic, to coordinating expert assessment of biodiversity management documentation, or establishing research collaborations to study the biodiversity of the Titanic wreck.

University of Arctic Researcher, Edinburgh Global

| January 2022 – March 2022

During the internship with Edinburgh Global I worked on developing Scotland’s framework for engagement with the new north2north mobility program of the University of Arctic, liaising with various stakeholders, including academic institutions and the Scottish Government.

PhD Researcher.
Tutor / Course Assistant, School of
GeoSciences

| February 2018 – October 2021

Alongside my research at the University of Edinburgh, I had an opportunity to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students on different courses, including the following – Course Assistant: Polar Oceans (2019/2020); Marine Ecosystems and Policies  (2020/2021); Tutor: Principles of Ecology (2018/2019; 2019/2020); Field Ecology (2018/2019).

Education

  • PhD in Environmental and Atmospheric Science, University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences (2018 – 2022)
  • MSc in Marine Systems and Policies, University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences (2016 – 2017)
  • BSc in Biology (Invertebrate Zoology), Lomonosov Moscow State University (2012 – 2016, 2:1 Hons)

University of Arctic Researcher, Edinburgh Global

| January 2022 – March 2022

During the internship with Edinburgh Global I worked on developing Scotland’s framework for engagement with the new north2north mobility program of the University of Arctic, liaising with various stakeholders, including academic institutions and Scottish Government.

Other Roles

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2020-2021)

  • Arctic Task Force member, representative of early career researchers

UK Polar Network

  • President (2020-2021)
  • Vice-President (2021-2022)

World Association of Marine Stations

  • Programme and organising committee member, WCMS 2021
  • Steering committee member

Publications

  1. Gebruk A, Ermilova Y, Henry L-A, Henley S, Spiridonov V, Shabalin N, Osadchiev A, Yakushev E, Semiletov I, Mokievsky V (2022) Microplastics in the Arctic benthic fauna: a case study of the snow crab in the Pechora Sea, Russia. In: Informed Decisionmaking for Sustainability. Volume 2. Building Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean with Global Inclusion. (Editors: Paul Arthur Berkman, Oran R. Young, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, David A. Balton and Ole Øvretveit). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89312-5_6
  2. Yakushev E, Gebruk A, Osadchiev A, Pakhomova S, Lusher A, Berezina A., van Bavel B, Vorozheikina E, Chernykh D, Kolbasova G, Razgon I, Semiletov I (2021) Microplastics distribution in the Eurasian Arctic is affected by Atlantic waters and Siberian rivers. Communications Earth & Environment 2(23) https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-021-00091-0
  3. Chava A, Gebruk A, Kolbasova G, Krylov A, Tanurkov A, Gorbuskin A, Konovalova O, Migali D, Ermilova Y, Shabalin N, Chava V, Semiletov I, Mokievsky V (2021) At the interface of marine disciplines: Use of autonomous seafloor equipment for studies of biofouling below the shallow-water zone. Oceanography 34(3):61–70, ttps://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2021.302.
  4. Gebruk A, Zalota AK, Dgebuadze P, Ermilova Y, Spiridonov VA, Shabalin N, Henry L-A, Henley S, Mokievsky V (2021) Trophic niches of benthic crustaceans in the Pechora Sea suggest that the invasive snow crab Chionoecetes opilio could be an important competitor. Polar Biol 44:  57–71. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-020-02775-3
  5. Gebruk A, Mikhaylyukova P, Mardashova M, Semenova V, Henry L-A, Shabalin N, Naryanaswamy B, Mokievsky V (2020) Integrated study of benthic foraging resources for Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) in the Pechora Sea, south-eastern Barents Sea. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 31(1): 112-125. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3418
  6. Gebruk A.A., Borisova P.B., Glebova M.A., Basin A.B., Simakov M.I., Shabalin N.V., Mokievsky V.O. 2019. Macrozoobenthos of the shallow waters of Pechora Bay (SE Barents Sea). Nature Conservation Research 4(4): 1–11. https://dx.doi.org/10.24189/ncr.2019.058