Young Scientists

The MODUM project is promoting capacity building in the field of dumped chemical munitions via involving young scientists whenever possible. This enables them to learn from their more advanced collegues, gain interdiciplinary knowledge, and create network of contacts within partners institutions with potential to build up in their proffessional future.

Below, young scientists are listed by their respective institutions:


Institute of Oceanology PAS


Aleksandra Winogradow, Ph D.

Marine sediments specialists, is a part of habitat evaluation team. Her work includes sediment types characterization and assessment of natural processes occurring therein. With experience in sedimentary Carbon Cycle, she is well skilled in assesment of general sediment geochemistry

Marta Szubska, MSc

Marine Geochemist – PhD Student in IOPAS. With experience gained in the CHEMSEA project, she is the best specialist in the use of arsenic for Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) Screening. In MODUM she is conducting pioneering studies in the use of fast & costeffective X-ray methods of quick,  on-board CWA screening. She is also participating in the exposure assessment for different CWA dumps.

Paulina Szlenk, MSc
Hydroacustician. Paulina will be responsible for hydroacoustic data postprocessing and acoustic modelling. Her work will concentrate on interpreattion of results from WP3 Survey, and on habitat acoustic recognition in WP5.2 – Habitat description

Daniel Rak

Oceanographer. He will be included in the WP4 Monitoring. The work will include interpretation of bottom currents collected within task 4.1 Moored station, as well as collect hydrodynamic data in task 4.2 Environmental parameters collection. Obtained data will then be used in task 5.6 Hydrodynamic models - He will prepare forcing for the model of nearbottom currents, integrate weather data obtained from external sources and estimate erosion processes

Michał Czub, MSc

Marine biologist – PhD student at IO PAS. In MODUM is responsible for taxonomic analyses of benthic fauna and samples collection. Working towards assessment of the impact of CWA on meio and macrofaunal communities. The work will concentrate mostly in task 5.2 Habitat description and 5.3 Exposure assessment, and other tasks associated with ecological risk assesment and habitat evaluation

Miłosz Grabowski, MSc 

Oceanographer with hydroacoustic specialization – PhD student in IOPAS. In MODUM project he is responsible for hydroacoustic data processing. Also, he is AUV’s and towed side-scan sonar‘s operator.

Tallin University of Technology


Eeva Gerda Kobrin, MSc

As a PhD Student at TUT she would be the person in charge of developing a methodology for identification of mustard gas residues in the sediments using our portable capillary electrophoresis instrument. Her work will concentrate in task 5.3 Exposure assessment and WP4, Monitoring, concentrating on sampling aspects.

Institute of Oceanology Russian Academy of Sciences


Churin Dmitry

Oceanologist. Will be included in the WP4 Monitoring mostly for performing regular repeated on-route U-tow CTD and towed ADCP measurements, including data processing and interpretation. Will take part in optimizing the monitoring technique for getting the best data for understanding near-bottom dynamics responsible for sediment resuspension and transportation from primary sources, and writing scientific papers

Andrey Korzh

Electronics engineer. Can operate with most of modern oceanographic probes and experimental devices designed in IO RAS. Experiencedspecialist in data processing in MATHLAB media, SURFER, GRAPHER etc. and software writer. Participated in numerous cruises including ones related to SDCW problem. Prepares PhD in informatics. Will take part in hydrographic monitoring, data processing, and writing scientific papers.

Alexey Kondrashov 

Electronics engineer. Can operate with most of modern oceanographic probes and experimental devices designed in IO RAS. Took part in design and fabrication of microstructure profiler, autonomous temperature chains, bottom current recorders, wave-recording gauge etc. Prepares PhD in acoustics. Will take part in hydrographic monitoring, data processing, and writing scientific papers.

Abdrey Bondar

Oceanologist. Wrote master’s diploma on sediment pollution derived from data acquired by himself. Can operate with CTDs, sediment samplers and traps, ROV, underwater camera, moored stations deployment and recovery, motor boats. Will take part in hydrographic and sediment pollution monitoring, and writing scientific papers

Maria Golenko

Oceanologist, got her PhD on upwelling events in the SE Baltic Sea. Specialist in POM (Princeton Ocean Model) application to the Baltic Sea, in particular for modeling current and eddy diffusivity fields to investigate propagation of passive substances. Results from POM and POP (Parallel Ocean Program) (IO PAN) will be compared in order to improve some model parameters essential for near bottom layer. Will take part in modeling, data processing and writing scientific papers.