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Goncharov Andrey


Updated: 12.02.2010 23:31

Institute of Biology and Soil Science,
Far-Eastern Branch of the
Russian Academy of Sciences


RUS-690022, Vladivostok, Russia

Tel.: +7-4232-37-52-39
Fax: +7-4232-31-01-93

Date of birth: January 2, 1967

Citizenship: Russia



Education:

1984 - 1991, Far-Eastern State University (Vladivostok, Russia), Faculty of Biology

Degree:

Dr. Sci. (Habilitation): 2005 (Botany/Genetics) Institute of Biology and Soil Science Far-Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS), Russia; Theme: Phylogenetic relationships among representatives of the class Zygnematophyceae (Streptophyta).
Ph. D. 1996 (Botany) Institute of Biology and Soil Science FEB RAS, Russia; Thesis: Algae of the water-cooling reservoir of the Primorskaya power station (Primorsky Territory).
Diploma 1991 (Biology) Far-Eastern State University, Russia

Employment history:

October 2008 – present, Institute of Biology and Soil Science, FEB RAS (Russia), leading research scientist;
October 2006 – September 2008, Botanisches Institut, Universitat zu Koln (Germany), research fellow;
August 2005 - September 2006, Institute of Biology and Soil Science, FEB RAS (Russia), Vice-Director (scientific affairs);
May 2003- July 2005, Institute of Biology and Soil Science, FEB RAS (Russia), Laboratory of Cryptogamic Plants, leading research scientist;
May 2000 - April 2003, Botanisches Institut, Universitat zu Koln (Germany), research fellow;
November 1999 - April 2000, Institute of Biology and Soil Science FEB RAS (Russia), Laboratory of Cryptogamic Plants, senior research scientist;
October 1997 - October 1999, National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan), Environmental Biology Division, Microbial Culture Collection, research fellow;
April 1997 - October 1997, Institute of Biology and Soil Science FEB RAS (Russia), Laboratory of Cryptogamic Plants, research scientist;
February 1996 - March 1997, Ibaraki University (Japan), Faculty of Education, Laboratory of Biological Sciences, research student;
July 1991 - January 1996, Institute of Biology and Soil Science FEB RAS (Russia), Laboratory of Cryptogamic Plants, junior research scientist.

Teaching Experience:

Department of Biology, Far-Eastern State University (Russia): Phycology (Lectures and Practical Course, undergraduate); winter semesters 1993-1996, 2003-2005; Current problems of botany (Lectures, graduate); winter semester 2004-2005.
Institute of Biology and Soil Science FEB RAS (Russia): Methods of phylogenetic analysis (Lectures and Practical Course, graduate and post-graduate); winter semesters 2004-2006.

Professional Service:

Convener of the Desmid Workshop at the International Symposium „Biology and Taxonomy of Green Algae“ (2007);
Co-organiser of the International Conference “Algae in the terrestrial ecosystems” (2005);
Member of the Biological Sciences Council FEB RAS (2005-present time);
Member of the Dissertation Council D 005.003.02 for the Defence of Dissertation in botany (Institute of Biology and Soil Science FEB RAS; 2007-present time);
Peer reviewer and official opponent for Ph. D. theses (2003-present time);
Frequent referee of manuscripts for the American Journal of Botany, Protist, Journal of Phycology, Nova Hedwigia, Algological Studies, Biologia (Bratislava), Systematics and Geography of Plants.

Research interests:

Microalgae phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography.

Recent and current research projects:

2006-present time. Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the genera Cosmarium, Euastrum, Staurodesmus and Xanthidium (Desmidiales, Streptophyta, Viridiplantae)
2004-2006. Phylogeny of the family Crassulaceae based on non-coding rDNA sequence comparisons;
2000-2004. Molecular phylogeny of the conjugating green algae (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta).

Honours and Awards:

2003 - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), Return Fellowship;
2001 - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), Long-term Cooperation Research Fellowship;
2000 - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), Research Fellowship;
1997 - Science and Technology Agency of Japan, Research Fellowship;
1996 - Japanese Ministry of Education, Scholarship for research and study in Japan;
1995 - Primorsky Territory (Russia) Governor's Research grant;
1994 - National Science Foundation (USA) Award: Sponsored participation in 5th International Phycological Congress, Quindao;
1987-1991 - USSR Ministry of Higher Education Advanced Scholarship.

Professional societies membership:

Deutsche Botanisches Gesellschaft
International Phycological Society
Russian Botanical Society

Most important publications:
  1. Gontcharov A. A. 1998. Desmids of Lakes Chuhunenko and Zaria (Lazovsky Nature Reserve, Russia). Algological Studies 90: 9-43.
  2. Gontcharov, A. A., Kasai, F. & Watanabe, M. M. 1999. Morphology and taxonomy of two planktic species of Staurastrum (Desmidiaceae, Chlorophyta) in Lake Biwa, Japan. Algological Studies 93, 79-90.
  3. Gontcharov, A. A. & Watanabe, M. M. 1999. Rare and new desmids (Desmidiaceae, Chlorophyta) from Japan. Phycological Studies. 47: 233-240.
  4. Gontcharov, A. A. & Watanabe, M. 1999. Brachytheca sulcata gen. et sp. nov. (Desmidiaceae, Chlorophyta), a new alga from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Phycologia. 38: 354-348.
  5. Gontcharov, A. A., Findlay, D. L., Kling, H. J. & Watanabe, M. M. 2002. Desmids (Desmidiales, Streptophyta) from the Experimental Lakes Area, Onatrio, Canada. The genera Actinotaenium and Cosmarium. Algological Studies 105: 51-78.
  6. Gontcharov, A. A., Marin, B. & Melkonian, M. 2003. Molecular Phylogeny of conjugating green algae (Zygnemophyceae, Streptophyta) inferred from SSU rDNA sequence comparisons. J. Mol. Evol. 56: 89-104.
  7. Gontcharov, A.A., Marin B. & Melkonian, M. 2004. Are combined analyses better than single gene phylogenies? A case study using SSU rDNA and rbcL sequence comparisons in the Zygnematophyceae (Streptophyta). Mol. Biol. Evol. 21: 612-624.
  8. Gontcharov, A.A. & Melkonian, M. 2004. Unusual position of the genus Spirotaenia (Zygnematophyceae) among streptophytes revealed by SSU rDNA and rbcL sequence comparisons. Phycologia 43: 105-113.
  9. Gontcharov, A.A. & M. Melkonian. 2005. Molecular phylogeny of Staurastrum Meyen ex Ralfs and related genera (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta) based on coding and noncoding rDNA sequence comparisons. J. Phycology 41: 887-899.
  10. Gontcharov, A.A. 2005. Zygnematophyceae (Streptophyta) based on 18S rDNA sequence comparisons. Botanical Zhur. 90: 518-531.
  11. Gontcharova, S.B., Artukova, E.V. & Gontcharov, A.A. 2006. Phylogenetic relationships among members of the subfamily Sedoideae (Crassulaceae) inferred from the ITS region sequences of nuclear rDNA. Russian J. Genetics. 42: 654-661.
  12. Bulgakov, V.P., Kiselev, K.V., Yakovlev, K.V., Zhuravlev, Y.N., Gontcharov, A.A. & N.A. Odintsova. 2006. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of sea urchin embryos. Biotechnology Journal 1: 454-461.
  13. Gontcharova, S.B. & Gontcharov, A.A. 2007. Molecular Phylogenetics of Crassulaceae. Genes, Genomes and Genomics 1: 40-46.
  14. Gontcharova, S.B., Stephenson R. & Gontcharov, A.A. 2008. Analysis of phylogenetic relationships in the family Crassulaceae based on comparisons of nuclear rDNA ITS region. Botanical Zhur. 93: 96-113.
  15. Gontcharov, A.A. & M. Melkonian. 2008. In search of monophyletic taxa in the family Desmidiaceae (Zygnematophyceae, Viridiplantae): the genus Cosmarium. Amer. J. Bot. Vol. 95. P. 1079-1095.
  16. Gontcharov, A.A. 2008. Phylogeny and classification of Zygnematophyceae (Streptophyta): current state of affairs. Fottea Vol. 8. P. 87-104.
  17. Gontcharova S.B., Gontcharov A.A., Yakubov V.V., Kondo K. Seed surface morphology in some representatives of the genus Rhodiola sect. Rhodiola (Crassulaceae) in the Russian Far East // Flora, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.flora.2008.01.009
Representative presentations at scientific meetings and conferences:
  1. Gontcharov A. A. 1994. The algal flora of the Primorsky Territory, Russian Far East. V Int. Phycol. Congr., Quindao, China, June 1994. (Contributed paper)
  2. Gontcharov A. A. 1997. Phytoplankton communities in the Primorsky water cooling reservoir (Russian Far-East). VI Int. Phycol. Congr., Leiden, August 1997. (Poster)
  3. Gontcharov, A. A., Kasai, F. & Watanabe, M. M. 1999. Morphology and taxonomy of some planktic Staurastrum. 12th Int. Assoc. Phytoplankton Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop, Winnipeg, September 1999. (Contributed paper)
  4. Gontcharov, A. A., Marin, B. & Melkonian M. 2001. Phylogeny of the Zygnemophyceae (Streptophyta) inferred from SSU rDNA sequence comparison. VII Int. Phycol. Congr., Thessaloniki, August 2001. (Poster);
  5. Gontcharov, A. A., Marin, B. & Melkonian M. 2002. Molecular phylogeny of the conjugating green algae (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta). IV International Symposium “Biology and taxonomy of green algae” Smolenitce, June 2002. Plenary lecture.
  6. Gontcharov, A. A. & Melkonian M. 2005. Phylogeny of Staurastrum and related genera (Desmidiaceae) based on coding and non-coding rDNA sequence comparisons. VIII Int. Phycol. Congr., Durban, August 2005. (Contributed paper).
  7. Gontcharov, A. A. Molecular phylogeny of conjugating green algae (Zygnematophyceae,
  8. Streptophyta). International Conference "Algae in terrestrial ecosystems" Kiev, Ukraine, September 2005. (Contributed paper).
  9. Gontcharov, A. A. 2006. Current understanding of phylogenetic relationships within conjugating green algae (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta). 25th International Phycological Conference, Poznan, Polan, May 2006. (Contributed paper).
  10. Gontcharov, A. A. & Melkonian M. 2002. Is the genus Cosmarium (Desmidiaceae, Zygnematophyceae) a robust taxonomic entity? V Int. Symposium “Biology and taxonomy of green algae” Smolenitce, June 2007. (Contributed paper).
  11. Gontcharov, A. A. & Melkonian M. 2007. Phylogenetic status of the genus Cosmarium (Desmidiaceae, Zygnematophyceae). IV European Phycol. Congr., Oviedo, Spain, July 2007. (Contributed paper).

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