About me

BIO

Dr. Eduard V. Mychko

Candidate of geologo-mineralogical sciences

Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Laboratory of Atlantic Geology
Researcher

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..

Publications: list of publications Eduard V. Mychko

EDUCATION

Sep. 2011–2014

Candidate of geologo-mineralogical sciences in evolutionary paleontology,
Department of Paleontology, Faculty of Geology, Moscow State University, Russia.
Thesis: Middle-Upper Carboniferous and Permian trilobites from North Eurasia.
Abstract (in Russian)
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
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

Research Projects:
Year 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

FIELD EXPERIENCE

Date Location Purpose
06/2018 Orenburg Oblast, Novotroitsk, Akkermanovka Quarry Search fossils (trilobites and cyclids) of the Lower Carboniferous (Serpukhovian)
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

GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2018-2019

RFBR 18-35-00165 mol_a – Taxonomic and stratigraphic study of Trilobites from Middle-Upper Carboniferous and Permian of Northern Eurasia

2012–2013

Scholarship for outstanding achievements in scientific research Moscow State University

2011–2012

RFBR 12-05-00106 a – 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

2017-present

Researcher, Laboratory of Atlantic Geology, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Acudemy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
Research in the field of paleontology and stratigraphy of the Paleogene of the Kaliningrad region.

2018-present

Chief Researcher, Museum of the World Ocean, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Work with paleontological and geological museum collections, exhibitions, lectures, etc.

2015-2017

Researcher, State Darwin Museum, Moscow, Russia.

2012-2014

Engineer-researcher, Geological Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

2007–present

Research assistant, Laboratory of molluscs, Paleontological Institute of Russian Academy of Science (PIN RAS), Moscow.

SCIENCE POPULARIZATION AND SERVICE

2007–present

Creation and support of the biggest Internet-community in RuNet "Paleontology and evolution of the Biosphere". As of March 2018, the number subscribers more than 30 000 people. Link to the resource https://vk.com/paleoevol

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

2012–2014

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

RELEVANT

Lab work
  • Preparation of fossils
  • Maceration and isolation of microfossils (foraminifera, conodonts etc)
  • Work with microscopes, including electronic
  • Small experience with microtomography
  • Work with 3D-scanner and 3D-printer
  • Design and creation of museum showcases
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

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