I am a graduate student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University and a Research Assistant in the ISU Limnology Laboratory. I received an M.S. degree in Ecology from Siberian Federal University in 2006. I came to the USA after receiving the Great Lakes Fellowship from the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, working on collecting and processing macroinvertebrate samples. I continued working as a research technician on other projects within the Great Lakes Environment Research Laboratory. Since 2010 I have been undertaking a Ph.D. degree fromIowa State University. My research interests include the biological indication of water quality, community restoration, and community ecology.