Dr. Ekaterina Pushkareva

Research Interests

  • Biological soil crusts
  • Microbial phototrophs
  • Arctic


Pushkareva E, Pessi IS, Namsaraev Z, Mano M-J, Elster J, Wilmotte A (2018) Cyanobacteria inhabiting soil crusts of a polar desert: Sør Rondane Mountains, Antarctica.  Journal of Systematic and Applied Microbiology 41(4): 363-373.

Pessi IS, Pushkareva E, Lara Y, Borderie F, Wilmotte A, Elster J. Marked Succession of Cyanobacterial Communities Following Glacier Retreat in the High Arctic. Journal ofMicrobial Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-018-1203-3.

Pushkareva E, Kviderova J, Simek M, Elster J (2017) Nitrogen fixation and diurnal changes of photosynthetic activity in Arctic soil crusts at different development stage. European Journal of Soil Biology 79: 21-30.

Pushkareva E, Johansen JR, Elster J (2016) A review of the ecology, ecophysiology and biodiversity of microalgae in Arctic soil crusts. Polar Biology 39: 2227–2240.

Pushkareva E, Pessi IS, Wilmotte A, Elster J (2015). Cyanobacterial community composition in Arctic soil crusts at different stages of development. FEMS MicrobiologyEcology 91: fiv143.

Pushkareva E, Elster J (2013) Biodiversity and ecological typification of cryptogamic soil crust in the vicinity of Petunia Bay, Svalbard. Czech Polar Reports 3 (1): 7-18.


Work Experience      
since 2018 Scientist Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2016-2018 Technical assistant   Limnological Station, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
2015-2015 Technical assistant Institute of Soil Biology, University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic)
2011-2012 Technical assistant   Joint Use Center of Scientific Equipment, Siberian Federal University (Russia)
2012-2017 Doctoral Thesis „Ecology and diversity of microbial phototrophs in soil crusts of Polar Regions.“ Centre for Polar Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
2010 Master Thesis „Environmentally safe forms of pesticides based on a biodegradable polyesters and their application in agriculture.“ Institute of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
2005-2010 Studies BSc and MSc in Biology (Microbiology) Institute of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
2015 Field workshop IPSiS Hornsund, Svalbard  
2014 Sampling Petunia Bay, Svalbard Czech station
2013 Sampling Petunia Bay, Svalbard Czech station
2012 Polar ecology course Petunia Bay, Svalbard Czech station

Contact Details

Dr. Ekaterina Pushkareva
University of Rostock
Institute for Biological Sciences
Applied Ecology and Phycology
Albert-Einstein-Str. 3
D-18059 Rostock
Phone +49 381 498 6076
Fax. +49 381 498 6072

Ekaterina Pushkareva