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      The White Sea Biological Station "Kartesh" (WSBS) is a marine research station of the   Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (Saint-Petersburg), located in the Chupa Inlet of the Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea (66°20.230' N; 33°38.972' E), near the North Polar Circle.
      WSBS was founded in 1957 as an all-the-year-round station to study seasonal changes and life cycles of the White Sea organisms. Since then the main areas of research at the WSBS have significantly enlarged and the Station has developed into an up-to-date marine laboratory. Currently the WSBS is one of the largest marine research stations in Russian North, and has been home for many excellent world-class researchers. The WSBS performs internationally recognized top-level fundamental research, offers educational programs, tours and excursions for scholars and students, carries out applied ecological studies and provides scientific expertise to the local businesses, industry and aquaculture. The WSBS became an associated member of the Network of Excellence: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF) in 2005 and joined The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS) in 2008.

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28.08-11.09 a research trip to the southeast part of the Barents Sea (Pechora Sea) has been performed on a R/V "Professor Vladimir Kuznetsov". Among the goals were the study of pelagic ecosystems in the shallow waters with respect to the climate change, monitoring of abiotic environmental factors, the study of the stability of populations of boreal species at the edge of the distribution range.
23-24 August: a series of scientific seminars at Kartesh. The program includes talks on the nonlinear dynamics of biological systems, a taxonomy of white-blooded Antarctic fish and on life cycles of nematodes in trees.
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Our scientists Lyudmila Flyachinskaya and Peter Lezin developed a method of three-dimensional computer modeling of microscopic objects. The method is based on series of photomicrographs and allows building a model, presenting all the details of the shape, structure and color of the original object. This method has been successfully used for several years in the studies of larval development of bivalve molluscs.
(Source: Flyachinskaya & Lezin, 2006 - 2010)