Pertsov White Sea Biological Station of Lomonosov Moscow State University (WSBS MSU) is an educational and research centre, created for conducting marine scientific research and summer field courses in invertebrate zoology and marine botany (known at WSBS as “praktika” or practice) at the White Sea. WSBS MSU is a subdivision of Biology Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Starting from December 2009, WSBS MSU is the base for the Research & Education Centre "Marine Biology, Oceanography and Geology".
The station was founded by a group of biologists from MSU in 1938. One of the members of this group, Nikolai Pertsov (1924-1987), devoted his whole life to building the station. He was Director of the station from 1951 till his death. The station took his name in 1995.
Unique location and biodiversity make WSBS a year-round magnet for independent and collaborative research. Well-equipped laboratories, a modern research vessel, comfortable housing and supportive staff combine to maximize productivity of field visits. WSBS welcomes researchers and student groups from abroad.
Zoological material, collected by expeditions all over the White Sea in 1972-1989, provides an important resource and reference. Continuous meteorological and hydrological observations have been carried out since 1973.
The botanical garden at the station was founded by Vladimir Vekhov and Kirill Voskresensky in 1963. The garden has about 200 plant species including local species, representatives of the tundra and forest-tundra contiguous with the station territory, and also ornamental and introduced species.
Research & Education Centre "Marine Biology, Oceanography and Geology"
In December 2009, Department of Biology of MSU decided to organize the Research & Education Centre on the base of WSBS MSU. Director of the centre is Prof. Alexander Tzetlin, the current Director of WSBS MSU. Mission of the centre is to support and conduct innovative scientific and educational programs in marine biology, oceanology, and geology. Taking this new status, WSBS MSU continues to be a subdivision of Biology Department of MSU, but gets new opportunities in attracting external scientists and in cooperating with other organizations. It is the first research and education centre of Department of Biology of MSU.
WSBS Solovki Branch
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In 1996, WSBS MSU established its branch on the Solovki Islands. There, researchers conduct ornithological and botanical monitoring activities. The branch is also a base for studying influence of the inflow of fresh water from the Lake Onega and the Dvina River on the marine fauna of the central part of the White Sea.