Limnological Institute is a research institution for complex interdisciplinary studies of Lake Baikal and other water bodies of Siberia.
The main activities of the Institute are to obtain and apply new knowledge in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, geology and geography by conducting fundamental research aimed at understanding processes of formation and functioning of aquatic ecosystems, diversity and evolution of aquatic organisms, and mechanisms of biological speciation, as well as to carry out search and applied studies in these fields. Main research areas of the Institute:
The Institute is a successor of the Baikal Limnological Station, the first institution of the Academy of Sciences in Siberia founded in 1928.
In 1961, according to the Resolution of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences No. 49 of January 20, 1961, the Station was reorganized into Limnological Institute of the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
Personalities created the history of Lake Baikal studies.
Gleb Vereshchagin, a world-famous limnologist, was the first Director of the Baikal Limnological Station. He initiated comprehensive biological, hydrological and geochemical studies at Lake Baikal. History of first expeditions.
Grigory Galazy Academician, was the first Director of Limnological Institute. He formed the staff at the Institute, succeed in setting up a modern research fleet at Lake Baikal, and invited scientists from different regions of Russia and foreign countries to investigate Lake Baikal.
Michael Grachev Academician, headed the Institute from 1987 to 2015.
To-date, Andrey Fedotov, Dr. Sc. (Geology and Mineralogy), is Director of the Institute.
Structure and staff of the Institute:
LIN SB RAS includes 1 department and 12 laboratories.
The Institute employs 342 people, including:
The most important results of the Institute in basic research: