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The International Summer School on the Ecology of Freshwater and Marine Coastal Communities from Lomonosov Moscow State University includes such courses as life cycles and biodiversity: arthropods, freshwater invertebrates, vertebrates, plants; ecology, life cycles and biodiversity: marine hydrobionts, living organisms of the sea coast. The goal is to compare life cycles and biodiversity in central Russia and in the Arctic zone of the White Sea.

We provide students with a unique possibility to study wide range of freshwater, transitional and marine ecosystems with the focus on their comparative analysis. We would demonstrate the importance and relevance of ecosystems approach to the modern ecology and nature management.

The school curriculum shall include field excursions, lab activities, lectures and seminars. Students will study methods of biotope description, sampling, identification of samples to the level of species, and biological drawing.

At the last Summer School, we had 14 students from the United States, and the fact that the educational program was first conducted by hearing impaired students with sign language interpreters, which were provided by the US government. The future school will be already 6th in a row.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure


Students will be able to compare freshwater ecosystems of the Central Russia (ZBS) to ecosystems of the Arctic area (WSBS). 

  • Part 1: Zvenigorod Biological Station

At ZBS, students shall study ecology and biodiversity of the whole range of freshwater-bodies, from temporary ponds to the Moskva River.

  • Part 2: White Sea Biological Station

The coastal area of WSBS represents mosaic of different biotopes, including water-bodies separated from the sea (meromictic lakes) and estuaries. Students shall study ecology and biodiversity of the intertidal and subtidal zones, sea bottom and water column. They will collect, draw and identify representatives of phyto- and zooplancton, macro- and meiobenthos. They will reconstruct the trophic chains and networks of aquatic ecosystems using the Ecopath software, which allows to:

  • address the questions of fundamental ecological science;
  • analyze and evaluate ecosystem effects of human activity;
  • model effect of environmental changes.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 23 days.
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What is included in the price - educational program, food, accommodation, visa, transfer from and to the airport, excursions. Railway tickets to St. Petersburg and BBS, hotel in St. Petersburg are not included in the price.

Living costs for Moscow

  • 41640 - 81440 RUB/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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