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Curriculum vitae


Smirnov Alexey Valerievich

PhD, assistent (assistant professor)

Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology,
Faculty of Biology & Soil Sciences,
St. Petersburg State University,
Universitetskaja nab. 7/9, 199034,
St.Petersburg, Russia.

 
Scientific interests:
  • Systematics, ultrastructure and phylogeny of amoeboid protists
  • Microsystematics and low-level molecular phylogeny of gymnamoebae
  • Ecology of protozoa; spatial and temporal structure of protozoan communities
  • Microstructure of the natural habitats, microgradients and microbiogeocoenoses
  • Molecular tools for field identification of protozoa
  • Bioinformatics; web-based presentation of scientific data
Recearch projects:
  • Hidden communities - toward a new model of protozoan distribution in the environment
  • Molecular systematics of amoeboid protists
  • Testing the hypothesis of the ubiquitous distribution of microorganisms in the environment
  • Elaboration of molecular probes for in situ identification of freshwater gymnamoebae

Career summary

  • Papers in refereed journals: 28
  • Book chapters: 6
  • Abstracts and proceedings: 12
  • Research grants: 11
  • Awards and fellowships: 8
  • Presentations and invited talks: 22

Education and employment:

  • Present position (since 01.08.1997): "assistent" (assistant professor),
    Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology & Soil Sciences,
    St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
  • 23.10.1997: PhD in biology, St.Petersburg State University
  • 1993-1996: postgraduate student,St. Petersburg State University
  • 17.06.1993: graduated from St.Petersburg State university with honours diploma
  • 1987-1993: graduate student, St.Petersburg State University
  • 1992: international course "The Baltic Sea Environment"

Professional experience:

Visiting scientist: Research grants and awards:

Membership:

Teaching experience:

Supervision: Lections and courses:

Presentations and invited talks:

Publications (listed chronologically):

Papers:

  1. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1993) Paradermamoeba valamo n.g, n.sp (Gymnamoebia, Thecamoebidae) - freshwater amoeba from the bottom sediments. Zoologicheskij journal (Moskow) 72: 5-11
  2. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1994) Freshwater Gymnamoebae with a new type of surface structure Paradermamoeba valamo and P.levis n.sp. (Thecamoebidae), and notes on the diagnosis of the family. Acta Protozool. 33: 109-115
  3. Smirnov AV (1995) Stygamoeba regulata n. sp. - a marine amoeba with an unusual combination of light-microscopical and ultrastructural features. Arch. Protistenk. 146: 299-307
  4. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1995) Systematic diversity of gymnamoebae (Lobosea) in the bottom sediments of a freshwater lake. Zoosystematica Rossica 4: 201-203
  5. Smirnov AV, Ossipov DV, Rautian MS (1995) Endocytobionts in the representatives of the orders Euamoebida Lepsi, 1960 and Leptomyxida (Pussard, Pons 1976) Page, 1987 (Lobosea, Gymnamoebia). Cytologia (Moscow) 37: 403-414
  6. Smirnov AV and Fenchel T (1996) Vahlkampfia anaerobica n. sp. and Vannella peregrinia n. sp. (Rhizopoda) - anaerobic amoebae from marine sediments. Arch. Protistenk. 147: 189-198
  7. Ossipov DV, Karpov SA,Smirnov AV, Rautian MS (1996) Peculiarities of symbiotic systems of protists with diverse patterns of cellular organisation. Acta Protozool. 36: 3-21
  8. Smirnov AV (1997) Two new species of marine amoebae: Hartmannella lobifera n. sp. and Korotnevella nivo n. sp. (Lobosea, Gymnamoebia). Arch. Protistenk. 147: 283-292
  9. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1997) Description of a large, multinucleate lobose amoeba Chaos glabrum n.sp. (Lobosea, Amoebidae), with notes on the diagnosis of the genus Chaos. Acta Protozool. 36: 227-233
  10. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1998) Study of Polychaos annulatum Penard, 1902 comb. nov. (Gymnamoebia, Amoebidae) with taxonomical analysis of Polychaos fasciculatum-like species. Europ. J. Protistol. 34: 1-9
  11. Smirnov AV, Lentsman NV, Nassonova ES (1998) Vertical distribution of naked and testate amoebae (Lobosea: Gymnamoebia, Testacealobosia) in the bottom sediments of a freshwater lake. Proc. St. Petersburg nat. Soc. S.1, 92: 74-81
  12. Smirnov AV (1998) Morphotypes of amoebae and an original guide to Gymnamoebia (Lobosea), elaborated basing on this conception. Proc. of the winners of the grant competition 1998 for students, post-graduates and young scientists of St.Petersburg. St.Petersburg, pp 204-205
  13. Smirnov AV (1999) Re-description of Thecamoeba munda Schaeffer, 1926 (Gymnamoebia, Thecamoebidae), isolated from the Baltic Sea. Europ. J. Protistol. 35: 66-69
  14. Smirnov AV (1999) An illustrated surwey of gymnamoebae - Euamoebida and Leptomyxida (Rhizopoda, Lobosea), isolated from an anerobic sediments of the Nivaa Bay (Baltic Sea, The Sound). Ophelia 50: 113-148
  15. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1999) WWW-homepage "Interactive guide to gymnamoebae" Proc. Zool. Inst. RAS 278: 82-83
  16. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1999) An illustrated list of the basic morphotypes of Gymnamoebia (Rhizopoda, Lobosea). Protistology 1: 20-29 [Full text as PDF file]
  17. Smirnov AV (1999) Korotnevella diskophora n.sp. (Gymnamoebia, Paramoebidae) - small freshwater amoeba with peculiar scales. Protistology 1: 30-33 [Full text as PDF file]
  18. Smirnov AV and Michel R (1999) New data on the cyst structure of Hartmannella vermiformis. Protistology 1: 82-85 [Full text as PDF file]
  19. Michel R and Smirnov AV (1999) The genus Flamella Schaeffer, 1926 (Lobosea, Gymnamoebia), with description of two new species. Europ. J. Protistol. 35: 403-410
  20. Goodkov AV, Smirnov AV, Skovorodkin IN (1999) Study of a rediscovered large freshwater multinucleate amoeba Chaos illinoisense (Kudo, 1950). Protistology 1: 55-61
  21. Smirnov AV and Brown S (2000) First isolation of a cyst-forming Vannella species, from soil - Vannella persistens n.sp. (Gymnamoebia, Vannellidae). Protistology 1: 120-123 [Full text as PDF file]
  22. Smirnov AV (2001) Diversity of gymnamoebae (Rhizopoda) in artificial cyanobacterial mats after four years in the laboratory. Ophelia 54: 223-227
  23. Smirnov AV (2001) Vannella ebro n.sp. (Lobosea, Gymnamoebia), isolated from cyanobacterial mats in Spain. Europ. J. Protistol. 37: 147-153
  24. Bolivar I, Fahrni J, Smirnov AV, Pawlowski J (2001) SSU rRNA-based phylogenetic position of the genera Amoeba and Chaos (Lobosea, Gymnamoebia): the origin of gymnamoebae revisited. Mol. Biol. Evol. 18 : 2306-2314
  25. Smirnov AV (2002) Vertical distribution and abundance of gymnamoebae (Rhizopoda) in bottom sediments of the brackish-water Niva Bay (Baltic Sea, the Sound. Protist 153: 238-250
  26. Smirnov AV (2002) Re-description of Vannella mira (Gymnamoebia, Vannellidae) - an often mentioned but poorly known amoeba species. Protistology 2: 178-185 [Full text as PDF file]
  27. Smirnov AV, Nassonova ES, Holzmann M, Pawlowski J (2002) Morphological, ecological and molecular studies of Vannella simplex Wohlfarth-Bottermann 1960 (Lobosea, Gymnamoebia), with a new diagnosis of this species. Protist 153: 367-377
  28. Smirnov AV (2003) Optimizing methods of the recovery of gymnamoebae from environmental samples: a test of ten popular enrichment media, with some observations on the development of cultures. Protistology 3: 47-58 [Full text as PDF file]
  29. Smirnov AV and Thar R (2003) Spatial distribution of gymnamoebae (Rhizopoda, Lobosea) in brackish-water sediments at the scale of centimeters and millimeters. Protist 154: 359-369
  30. Fahrni JH, Bolivar I, Berney C, Nassonova E, Smirnov A, and Pawlowski J. (2003) Phylogeny of lobose amoebae based on actin and small-subunit ribosomal RNA genes. Mol. Biol. Evol.20: 1881-1886 [Full text as PDF file]
Book chapters (listed chronologically):

  1. Smirnov AV (2000) Class Filosea, Subclass Aconchulinia De Saedeleer, 1934. Handbook on Zoology. St. Petersburg, Nauka. pp 490-500
  2. Smirnov AV (2000) The order Leptomyxida (Pussard & Pons, 1976) Page, 1987. Handbook on Zoology. St. Petersburg, Nauka. pp 462-467
  3. Smirnov, AV and Goodkov AV (2000) Class Lobosea Carpenter, 1861. Handbook on Zoology. St. Petersburg, Nauka. pp 451-461
  4. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (2000) Class Heterolobosea Page & Blanton, 1985. Handbook on Zoology. St. Petersburg, Nauka. pp 485-489
  5. Chibisova OI, Smirnov AV, Lentsman NV (2000) Subclass Testacelobosia De Saedeleer, 1934 - testate amoebae. Handbook on Zoology. St. Petersburg, Nauka. pp 468-484
  6. Lentsman NV, Smirnov AV, Chibisova OI (2000) Subclass Testaceafilosea de Saedeleer, 1934 - filose testate amoebae. Handbook on Zoology. St. Petersburg, Nauka. pp 500-508
Web-pages (listed chronologically):

  1. Smirnov AV (1999) Ecology of amoebae in the bottom sediments of a freshwater lake. WWW-homepage. http://amoeba.ifmo.ru/amecol/
  2. Smirnov AV, Goodkov AV, Goobanov DL (1996-2000) An ilustrated guide to gymnamoebae. Part I. The family Thecamoebidae.
  3. Smirnov AV (2003) Amoebae on the Web. Personal web-server containing illustrated checklist of amoebae species, literary databases and other amoebae-related materials. WWW-server. http://amoeba.ifmo.ru
Abstracts (listed chronologically):

  1. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1992) Study of the amoebae fauna (Rhizopoda, Lobosea) of the inner lakes of Valamo Archipelago. Cytologia (Moscow) 34: 142-143
  2. Smirnov AV (1993) Species identification - one of the basic problems in "ecological" investigation of the naked amoeba (Rhizopoda, Gymnamoebia) and "faunistic foto-key" as one of the possible ways of its decision. Int. meeting on the project "Species and their productivity in the distribution area."; St. Petersburg, Gidrometeoizdat. pp 289-290
  3. Smirnov AV (1999) Ecology of gymnamoebae from the bottom sediments of a freshwater lake. Proc. III Europ. Congr. Protistol. p. 71
  4. Smirnov AV and Goodkov AV (1999) Biodiversity of gymnamoebae in the bottom sediments of a freshwater lake. Proc. III Europ. Congr. Protistol. p. 71
  5. Smirnov AV (2000) Hypertext and iconographic keys - powerful tool to consruct user-friendly guides to protists. Proc. First International Workshop on the Biodiversity of Allogromiid Foraminiferans. Tjaernoe Marine Biological Lab., Stroemstadt, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. August 21-27 (sorry, I do not know pages)
  6. Smirnov AV (2001) Hidden communities - a model of the protozoan distribution in the environment. Proc. XI International Congress of Protozoology, Austria, Zalzburg p. 25
  7. Smirnov AV (2003) Microhabitats of protists define their distribution pattern in the environment: the model of "hidden community. Proc. IV European Congress of Protistology, St.Benedetto et Tronto, Italy, p.77
  8. Smirnov AV (2003) Amoebae from the bottom sediments of the Niva Bay (Baltic Sea): is it possible to outline "a local habitat"? Proc. IV European Congress of Protistology, St.Benedetto et Tronto, Italy, p. 127
  9. Fahrni J, Ignacio B, Berney C, Nassonova E, Smirnov A and Pawlowski J (2003) Phylogeny of lobose amoebae based on actin and small-subunit ribosomal RNA genes. Proc. IV European Congress of Protistology, St.Benedetto et Tronto, Italy, p. 80
  10. Smirnov AV and Thar R (2003) Spatial distribution of amoebae in marine and freshwater bottom sediments. Proc. IV European Congress of Protistology, St.Benedetto et Tronto, Italy, p. 128

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