In the period of August 21st -25th, the IV Barents School for graduate students from 5 countries is held on the basis of NArFU: China, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Russia. Two participants of the Arctic biomonitoring laboratory, two PhD students of the "Ecology" direction: Pesyakova Anastasia and Elena Gusakova, took part as participants.
On the first day of school, the girls presented a project, on which they are actively working in the framework of the megagrant project. Within 15 minutes, Anastasia and Elena talked about the problem of circulating highly toxic organic compounds in trophic chains in the Arctic, and stressed the need for a more detailed study of this problem in order to develop methods for assessing and reducing risks for the population.
"Stressing the importance of studying the ways of entering PCBs into the region and the Arctic as a whole, it is necessary to pay special attention to the study of public health and their diet, consisting mainly of migratory species of birds, fish and animals," Anastasia said.
"The value of the project in the implementation of a comprehensive study combining fieldwork with laboratory experiments aimed at creating models for the accumulation and transfer of PCBs by organisms," Elena summed up.