Graduate students A. Salmanova and A. Rybin
collect data from a immobilized tiger. Photo WCS.
sponsored over 20 undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs over
the past 5 years. Our goal is not to produce large numbers of
post-grads, but instead to invest in top students who will make
substantial contributions in the future. We have been successful in
forging long-term working relationships with young biologists,
collaborating with them first as graduate students and later as full
Some of the
"graduates" of our program now have high-level positions at the Pacific
Institute of Geography, the Institute of Biology and Soils, the
Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik, and the Land of the Leopard National Park.
Some of the graduate student research we are supporting today includes:
- Prey requirements of Amur tigers by Yuri Petrunenko (advised by I. Seryodkin).
trapping of Far Eastern leopards by Alexander Rybin. Alexander also
works full time as field crew leader for WCS’s leopard research project
in southwest Primorskii Krai.
- Musk deer habitat use by Daria Maksimova (advised by I. Seryodkin).
Sikhote-Alin Research Center
The Sikhote-Alin Research Center provides
housing and office facilities for graduate students.
Photo by Dale Miquelle, WCS.
Sikhote-Alin Research Center (SARC) in Ternei is a central component of
WCS Russia’s efforts to support the next generation of Russian wildlife
biologists and conservationists. This small research facility is
designed to support young ecologists, biologists, and conservationists
from Russia, the United States, and other countries; and to facilitate
development of collaborative relationships between scientists from
Russia and abroad. SARC provides high-quality services for graduate
students, who have the opportunity to conduct field research in the
Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve, home to some of the only remaining
primary forests in Northeast Asia, while working under the supervision
of WCS scientific staff and their own advisors.
SARC also acts as
graduate student housing facilities and a conference center, helping to
make the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve a world-class field research
site. We annually host several workshops for our graduate students,
regional scientists, and wildlife inspectors.
A human-tiger conflict workshop at
Sikhote-Alin Research Center in autumn 2012
Photo by J. Slaght, WCS.
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