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Eduard Mychko

Candidate of geologo-mineralogical sciences

Lomonosov Moscow State University
Department of Paleontology

State Darwin Museum
Department of Ecology

Personal email:      eduard.mychko@gmail.com

Languages: English (fluent), Russian (native)

Eduard Mychko was born in the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic in 1987. In the year of 1994 had moved to Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia) on the Baltic Sea where easily completed his school studies by 2005. Since the school days has had a keen interest in paleontology, geology and life sciences. Was a member of a geological hobby group, engaged in collecting and research of glacial deposits on the Baltic sea coast. Had taken part in a number of the highly prestigious All-Russian olympiads in paleontology and geology for school students with several of them finishing as an awardee (2002-2005). It was only natural that he went to study geoscience at Moscow State University (MSU), top higher education and science institution in Russia, after the highschool. Choosing among the departments was a no-brainer: paleontology had still loomed large in his mind. Upon successful completion of his undergraduate studies and earning the årst science degree (B.Sc. in paleontology) in 2009, he decided to join the graduate school and carried out an extensive study of Permian trilobite species from the ex-USSR territories for his M.Sc. dissertation (completed by 2011 with cum laude). Now he is a faculty member and a PhD candidate of the Department of Paleontology (MSU) with an arsenal of 5 scientific articles [update: April 2014] thus far published in various peer-reviewed journals, both in English and Russian languages, in addition to a vast front of popular science initiatives. Principal research interests of him include morphology, systematics and evolution of trilobites, causes of the Great Permian extinction, fossil arthropods, Permian stratigraphy. An employee of the State Darwin Museum, and Moscow State University.

EDUCATION

Sep. 2011–2014

PhD candidate in evolutionary paleontology, Department of Paleontology, Faculty of Geology, Moscow State University, Russia.
Thesis: Middle-Upper Carboniferous and Permian trilobites from North Eurasia.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Aleksander S. Alekseev
Selected courses taken: History and Methodology of Science, Advanced Paleontology and Stratigraphy

Sep. 2009–June 2011

M.Sc. in paleontology, Department of Paleontology, Faculty of Geology, Moscow State University, Russia.
Thesis: Permian trilobites from the ex-USSR territories.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Aleksander S. Alekseev, Dr. Elena B. Naimark (Paleontological Institute of Russian Academy of Science – PIN RAS)
Selected courses taken: Advanced Paleobotany, Antropology, Actual Problems of Paleontology, Bacteria in the Geological Past, Biomineralization, Evolution of the Biosphere, Invertebrate Paleozoology, History and Methodology of Geological Sciences, Paleographic Methods, Philosophical Problems of Natural Science, Reefogenic Structures in the Earth History, Vertebrate Paleobiology

Sep. 2005–June 2009

B.Sc. in paleontology, Department of Paleontology, Faculty of Geology, Moscow State University, Russia.
Thesis: Serpukhovian trilobites from the Southern Urals (Western Kazakhstan and Bashkortostan).
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Aleksander S. Alekseev, Dr. Elena B. Naimark (PIN RAS)

Research Projects:

Period Title Supervisor
2008 Trilobites of the Moscovian stage (Carboniferous period) from the Shchurovsky career (Moscow Oblast, Russia) Prof. Dr. Aleksander S. Alekseev
2007 from the Shchurovsky career (Moscow Oblast, Russia) Community fossils from clay lenses (Pleistocene), Poykonda Islands (White Sea, Russia) Dr. Boris T. Janin
2006 Fossils from the glacial sediments of the Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia) Dr. Boris T. Janin

Selected courses taken: Basic Embryology, Biostratigraphy, Botany, Evolution, Geology of Russia, Historical Geology, Latin, Marine Ecosystems, Micropaleontology, Paleoecology, Paleontological Nomenclature, Palynology, Scientiåc Photography, Structural Geology and Mapping, Zoology of Invertebrates

RELEVANT

Lab work

Fossil preparation, microfauna isolation from a rock, thin section making, optical microscopy, Secondary Electron Microscopy (SEM)

Computer competence

Operation systems Linux, Windows, MacOS
Programming languages PHP5+, JavaScript (+Ajax), MySQL, HTML5, CSS3, Python, VB6, LATEX
Frameworks, libraries and platforms jQuery, d3.js, node.js, Backbone.js, Node-Webkit, Bootstrap, Zend
Version Control System Git, Mercurial
GIS software ArcGIS, MapInfo
API GoogleMaps API
CMS Joomla!, WordPress, ShopScript, Magento
Data and graphics MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw

FIELD EXPERIENCE

Russia, Ukraine

Date Location Purpose
08/2016 Moscow Oblast, Varavino Search fossils of the Cretaceous
06/2016 Bashkortostan region, Sterlitamak Permian stratigraphy, search for trilobites and ammonites
05/2016 Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Jurassic ammonites
08/2015 Moscow Oblast Cretaceous deposits: the teeth of sharks, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs.
08/2012 Arkhangelsk Oblast Permian stratigraphy, search for trilobites and ammonites
06-07/2010 Middle and Northern Urals Permian stratigraphy, search for trilobites and ammonites
06-07/2010 Middle and Northern Urals Permian stratigraphy, search for trilobites and ammonites
07-08/2009 Bashkortostan region Permian stratigraphy, collecting of fossils
06/2009 Crimea Mountains Permian exotic blocks in Crimea, search for trilobites and ammonites
09/2008 Leningrad Oblast MSU training: Ordovician paleontology and stratigraphy
08-09/2008 Karelia Assistantship: Diamond mining and geology
06/2008 Bashkortostan region Permian stratigraphy, collecting of fossils
08/2007 Moscow Oblast MSU training: Jurassic micropaleontology
07-08/2007 Caucasus Mountains, Adygea region MSU training: Jurassic invertebrate paleontology
06-07/2007 Crimea Mountains MSU training: geological mapping, structural geology and stratigraphy
08/2006 White Sea MSU training: invertebrate marine biology
06/2006 Crimea Mountains MSU training: general geology

FIELD EXPERIENCE

2012–2013

Scholarship for outstanding achievements in scientific research Moscow State University

2011–2012

RFBR 12-05-00106a – Global correlation of Pennsylvanian (Carbon iferous) biotic evstahemostratigraphic, paleogeographicaland climatic events as a basis for selecting GSSP.

2011–2012

Presidium RAS’ Basic Research Program Number 28, ‘The Origin of Life and the Biosphere Formation’, subprogram II

2010

Paleontological Institute Fellowship Program for Young Scientists

2005-2009

Moscow State University President’s Fellow ship for Outstanding Un dergraduates.

2007, 2009

Best presentation on the paleontological session at the ‘Lomonosov-2007 and -2009’ conferences, Moscow

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2007–2011

Research assistant, Laboratory of molluscs, Paleontological Institute of Russian Academy of Science (PIN RAS), Moscow.
In collaboration with Dr. M.S. Boyko had worked on developing morphometric software for ammonoid shells emplyoing the method of Dr. David Raup. The results were disseminated in 2 publications.

SCIENCE POPULARIZATION AND SERVICE

2006–2015

Co-organizer of the All-Russian Olympiad in Paleontology for high school students

16/03/2012

Public lecture titled ‘On the birth and death of trilobites’ held at Geological Institute of Russian Academy of Science (GIN RAS), Moscow;

20/02/2012

Public lecture titled ‘Possible causes of the Great Permian Extinction’ held at Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Science (IG RAS), Moscow

06/11/2015

About work. About 3D-printing of fossil animals (models "Burgess shale fauna" and scan of skull Proconsul) in the Darwin Museum. As well as creating a showcase with these samples.

TEACHING

2012–present

General Paleontology, Paleontological Databeses, GIS for Paleobiologists, Fossil Record of Arthropoda for MSU undergraduates

2007–2010

Paleontology for school students (7-16 years old), Moscow Young Naturalists Station, www.mgsun.ru

PUBLICATIONS

Published

2012

Boyko M.S., Mychko E.V. The ‘Raupologiya’ software based on the chonchometrical method of D. Raup. Modern problems of researching cephalopods. Morphology, systematics, evolution, ecology and biostratigraphy. Proceedings of the meeting (Moscow, 9 - 11 April 2012), ed. T.B. Leonova, I.S. Barskov , V.V. Mitta. PIN RAS, 2012, 125 p. [in Russian]

2012

Mychko E.V. Revision of Trilobites of the Genus Paraphillipsia Tumanskaya, 1930, from the Permian Olistoliths of Crimea. Paleontological Journal, 2012, Volume 46, No. 6, pp. 575-582. DOI: 10.1134/S003103011206007X

2012

Boyko M.S., Mychko E.V. The ‘RAUPOLOGY’ program – instrument for morphometric study of ammonoid shell. Bulletin MOIP, Geology section, 2012, Volume 87, Issue 6, pp. 49-56 [in Russian]

2012

Mychko E.V. Alekseev A.S. Trilobites from Podolskian substage of Moscovian stage in the Prioksky quarry (Moscow region). Bulletin MOIP, Geology section, 2012, Volume 87, Issue 5, pp. 24-32 [in Russian]

2012

Mychko E.V. A New Species of Trilobites from Sakmarian Reefs of Bashkortostan. Paleontological Journal, 2012, Volume 46, No. 1, pp. 44–48. DOI: 10.1134/S0031030112010108

2015

Mychko E.V., Savin E.Y., Olshansky D.V. Possibilities of application of 3D-scanning and 3D-printing of paleontology at the State Darwin Museum. Science Almanac (ISSN 2411-7609), 2015, No. 11-4(13), pp. 354–360. DOI: 10.17117/na.2015.11.04.354

CHAPTERS IN EDUCATIONAL BOOKS

2008

Mychko E.V. Paleontological lens. 2008 In: Travel around Kindy-Cape, pp.65-70. Tula: Grif and K., 2008 [in Russian]

CONFERENCES AND ABSTRACTS

2015

Mychko E.V., Savin R.Y., Olshansky D.V.‘Application of 3D-printing in paleontology at the State Darwin Museum’ // XX Interregional Scientific and Practical Conference "LOCAL LORE (NATURAL HISTORY) RESEARCH IN THE EUROPEAN NORTH", Cherepovets, Russia,[in Russian]

2010

Mychko E.V. ‘New data on trilobites from the Middle Permian exotic blocks, Kichu-Burnu, Crimea, Ukraine’ // PALEOSTRAT-2010, Moscow, [in Russian]

2009

Mychko E.V.‘The first findings of Ditomopyge kumpani trilobites in the Podolsk horizon of the Moscovian stage (Middle Carboniferous), Career Priokskiy (Moscow region)’ // XVI International Scientific Conference for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and young scientists ‘Lomonosov-2009’, Moscow, [in Russian]

2007

Mychko E.V.‘Comprehensive study of the fossil fauna and paleogeography of clay lenses in the MSU White Sea Biological Station area’ // XIV International Scientific Conference for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and young scientists ‘Lomonosov-2007’, Moscow, [in Russian]

REFERENCES

Dr. Aleksander S. Alekseev, Professor at Department of Paleontology, Faculty of Geology, Moscow State University, Russia; aalex@geol.msu.ru

Dr. Maksim S. Boyko, staff scientist at Paleontological Institute of Russian Academy of Science (PIN RAS), Moscow, Russia; boikomaxim@mail.ru

Dr. Aleksey P. Ippolitov, staff scientist at Geological Institute of Russian Academy of Science (GIN RAS), Moscow, Russia; ippolitov.ap@gmail.com