WCS Russia

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Alexander Reebin
Field Researcher
Aleksandr worked for the Siberian Tiger Project from 1998-2006, a collaboration between the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve and WCS (initially, the Hornocker Wildlife Institute). In 2008, he received an undergraduate degree in Ecology from the Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok. He has trained in large mammal capture and immobilization methods, and is often called to assist government agencies in human-tiger conflict situations throughout the region. Since 2006, Aleksandr has worked on a WCS-Institute of Biology and Soil Sciences collaborative project studying the Far Eastern leopard in south-western Primorskii Krai, where camera trap surveys and biomedical screenings of individuals are conducted. Aleksandr is currently working on his Ph.D.
Andrei Dotsenko
Technical Consultant
Graduated from the Far Eastern Technical Fishery University, where he trained as a marine engineer. Since 1995, Andrei has worked for EPT/USAID Project in the Russian Far East. In 1997, Andrei began providing technical support for the Sikhote-Alin Reserve and Hornocker Wildlife Institute’s Siberian Tiger Project (now part of WCS) and since 2000 has acted as a technical consultant for all WCS Russia projects.
Anton Semyonov
Programs Manager
Anton Semyonov has worked for the WCS Russia Program since 2006 managing the "Hunters and Tigers" program with the focus on Tiger Friendly Certification Project. The program aimed to providing economic returns for local communities and hunting associations that meet minimum requirements to protect tigers and their habitat. WCS assists them in developing of additional sources of income such as local and international tourism and sport hunting as well as harvesting and processing of non-timber forest products. Anton has more than 15 year experience working with environmental NGOs in the region. Professional interests include: working models of business based conservation; sustainable communities; strategic management.
Dale Miquelle
Director
Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Dale Miquelle received a BS from Yale University, a MS from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. Dr. Miquelle spent a year working on the Tiger Ecology Project in Chitwan National Park, Nepal, which cemented his interest in both international conservation efforts and large carnivore research. Dr. Miquelle worked for 6 years studying wildlife in Alaska with the US Forest Service (as part of his Ph.D.) and two years training international students in wildlife research with the Smithsonian Institution before joining the Sikhote-Alin State Reserve and Hornocker Wildlife Institute’s Siberian Tiger Project, now part of WCS. Dr. Miquelle is the Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program, and coordinates research and conservation actions to protect large carnivores and the ecosystems upon which they depend, focusing mainly in Northeast Asia.
Dariya Maksimova
Graduate Student
In 2011, Dariya graduated from the Institute of Environment at the Far Eastern State University, where she majored in Eco-geography. She is presently a graduate student of the Pacific Institute of Geography (Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences), where her thesis topic is "Ecology of musk deer in the Sikhote-Alin." She has led the program to study musk deer in the Sikhote-Alin Reserve since 2011, using radio telemetry and snow tracking.
Denis Korchagin
Technical Assistant
Graduated from the Far Eastern Technical Fishery University, where he trained as a mechanical engineer. Denis has worked for WCS Russia since 2007 as a software engineer. He is responsible for accounting systems software support and maintenance, grants database, and MIST (anti-poaching) database support.
Igor Kolodin
Anti-poaching consultant
Igor graduated from the Irkutsk State Agricultural Academy as a wildlife manager. From 2003-2010 he worked as a Wildlife Inspector for the Regional Hunting and Forestry Departments. In 2011 Igor joined WCS Russia as a consultant on our anti-poaching project, where his expertise and insights are proving most useful.
Ivan Seryodkin
Project Leader, Siberian Tiger Project
Ivan, who specializes in large carnivores, has a PhD in biology and holds a position as an assistant professor and the head of the Laboratory of ecology and wildlife conservation in the Pacific Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Vladivostok. Ivan has worked with WCS since 1998, participating in different programs such as the Siberian Tiger Project, Brown bear and Asiatic black bear research programs at the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve, and the Kamchatka brown bear research program. Ivan is presently the Siberian Tiger Project Coordinator.
Jonathan Slaght
Project Manager, Grants Manager
Jonathan Slaght has degrees in Russian Language (B.A.), Conservation Biology (M.S.), and Wildlife Conservation (Ph.D.). He has nearly 20 years of experience living, working, and traveling in Russia, with more than 15 years experience with avifauna of the Russian Far East. He is both a Projects Manager for WCS Russia, where he oversees two research projects, and the Grants Manager.
Katya Nikolaeva
Administrative Assistant
Ekaterina holds degrees in administration and English-language translation. Since 1996 she has been working on Amur tiger conservation issues in the Russian Far East - first for a USAID Environment and Policy Technology project (1996-1997) as an assistant to the biodiversity manager, then for the Hornocker Wildlife Institute (1998-1999). Since 2000 she has been working for the WCS Russia office as an administrative assistant, data manager, and translator.

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