Paleobiological and Stratigraphic Aspects of Paleobiota Research - EN


The program will familiarize students with modern paleontological and stratigraphic research including micro-paleontology, paleo-technology, and paleoecology. These topics are associated with the study of geological and paleobiological aspects of the Earth’s history and its sedimentary shell, the origin of the biosphere, as well as their relationship with practical applications for mineral prospecting and exploration.

The proposed block of disciplines will provide insights on:
  • the use of fossil organisms and traces of their activities (ichnofossils) for bio- and sequential stratigraphy;
  • the conditions of sedimentation, the evolution of the interaction of organisms with sediment in the Proterozoic and Phanerozoic Eons of the Earth;
  • ecosystems of the past (environment – population of organisms) and paleoecological and paleobiogeographic reconstructions using modern methods (biogeochemistry, paleothermometry, isotopy).
The program also focuses on developing independent research activities, broadening scientific horizons, fostering an ability to analyze and summarize information from various geological science fields, developing a multidisciplinary approach to solving fundamental and applied geological problems, and presenting research on an advanced scientific level within the framework of the subjects covered. Ultimately, all of the above is dedicated to training high-level, competitive specialists at Novosibirsk State University while improving the holistic understanding of the geological picture of the World.

Program goal

Training for scientifically oriented, highly qualified personnel capable of conducting comprehensive, interdisciplinary research at the intersection of paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleobiology, and paleoecology.

Duration of study

Two academic years

Language of instruction


Program structure

Mandatory disciplines
  • Fundamentals of Geobiology (Introduction to Geobiology). 2 semesters.
  • Micropaleontological Research Solutions to Geological Problems. 1 semester.
  • Paleoichnology. 1 semester.
  • Fossil Lagerstaette:Uniquely Preserved Fossil Sites. 1 semester.
  • Precambrian Palaeobiology. 1 semester.
  • Regional Russian Geology. 2 semesters.
  • Geotectonics and Geodynamics. 1 semester.
Elective Subjects
  • Paleoecological Reconstructions for Paleontological and Paleobiogeographic Research. 1 semester.
  • Paleoecological Reconstructions for Paleontological and Paleobiogeographic Research. 1 semester.
  • Graphical Methods in Palaeontology. 1 semester.
  • Introduction to Palaeontological Data Analysis. 1 semester.
  • Paleontological and Paleobotanic descriptions, Zoological and Botanical Nomenclature Codes (paleontological and paleobotanical descriptions, codes of zoological and botanical nomenclature). 1 semester.
  • Modern Scientific and Technical Communicative Culture. 1 semester.

Master dissertation

To complete the MA Program in “Paleobiological and Stratigraphic Aspects of Paleobotany Research”, students must prepare and defend a Master's thesis. The GGD Historical Geology Section proposes thesis topics that are approved by the Department’s academic council. Supervisors appointed by NSU GGD specialized departments provide the research work materials. Graduate students from foreign counties can bring their independent research material with them. With prior agreement, students can use the subject of their undergraduate research for their MA research activities.

The NSU GGD Historical Geology and Paleontology Sections will assess the need for 1st and 2nd-year MA students to conduct geological field research in the summer and, when possible, costs will be covered by NSU and SB RAS specialized, geological institutes. The key planned subjects for field geological research are the Altai-Sayan folded region, the Siberian platform, and the neighboring regions of Siberia. In these regions, there are stratified geological objects of Late Precambrian - Paleozoic - Mesozoic - Cenozoic age sedimentary basins in which various marine and continental communities of organisms are found. Fieldwork is conducted according to Russian legislation regarding foreign citizens stay in Russia.

Examples of topics

  • Taphonomic analysis and facies fossil confinement of macro skeletal residues from border Vendian and Cambrian Olenek deposits raising the Siberian platform. .
  • Investment Attractiveness of Renewable Energy Companies
  • Systematics and paleobiology disk prints from the Khatyspyt formation of the Upper Vendian Olenek uplift
  • Upper Devonian and Lower Carboniferous conodonts from the western Altai Sayan fold region and their stratigraphic meaning
  • Graptolithina and zonal stratigraphy of supporting sections of western and northeastern parts of Gorno-Altaisk during the Lower and Middle Ordovician periods
  • Studying systematic diversity of fossil organisms and their importance in solving paleoclimatic and paleogeographic problems
  • dentification of key patterns of biosphere development in Earth history, ecosystem evolution in certain geological eras

Key personnel


Dmitry Grazhdankin

Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Precambrian Paleontology and Stratigraphy at the A.A. Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS (TIPGG), Senior Lecturer at NSU GGD and NSD. Main research interests: reconstruction of mechanisms for functioning paleoecosystems; reconstruction of the eukaryotic phylogenetic tree from the late Precambrian and early Phanerozoic Eons; regional and global correlation of the Upper Proterozoic and Northern Eurasia Terrenevian system; reconstruction of the Ediacaran biota habitat conditions on the basis of the Upper Vendian deposits in the reference sections of the East European and Siberian platforms.


Olga Obut

Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Paleozoic Paleontology and Stratigraphy TIPGG, Senior Lecturer, NSU GGD. Research interests include the study of Paleozoic microfossils (radiolaria, conodonts, chitinozoins) for the purposes of biostratigraphy and paleogeography of sedimentary basins in the south of Western Siberia and Central Asia.


Vasily Marusin

Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Precambrian Paleontology and Stratigraphy TIPGG, Senior Lecturer, NSU GGD, Senior Researcher at the NSU GGD Scientific-Educational Center “Evolution of the Earth”. Research interests include morphology, systematics, and paleoecology of fossil traces of life, transformation of marine ecosystems at the Precambrian and Cambrian boundary; lithological structure, facies structure and stratigraphy of the Siberian platform Vendian-Cambrian deposits, as well as questions of their intraregional and long-range correlation.


Nikolay Matushkin

Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Geodynamics and Paleomagnetism TIPGG, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Geodynamics and Paleomagnetism of the Central and Eastern Arctic, NSU GGD, Associate Professor, NSU GGD. Research interests include: the structure and stages of development of the Siberian paleocontinent and the Arctic region folded belt; structural mapping, the identification of fold-thrust belts stages of formation, intrusive massifs, tectonic lenses and terranes; structural control in paleomagnetic studies; substantiation of tectonic units boundaries.

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Igor Kosenko

Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Paleontology and Mesozoic and Cenozoic Stratigraphy TIPGG, Senior Lecturer, NSU GGD. Research interests include the study of bivalve mollusks (oysters) from the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous sections of Siberia, and the interpretation of data from isotope-geochemical analysis of Mesozoic invertebrate carbonate skeletal material.


Natalia Bykova

PhD, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Precambrian Paleontology and Stratigraphy TIPGG. Scientific interests: morphology, systematics and taphonomy of organic walled macroalgae; taphonomy of Ediacar biota; dynamics of the morpho-functional diversity of macroalgae at the Precambrian and Cambrian boundary; study of redox conditions in paleo-basins in late Precambrian and Cambrian Periods.


Dmitry Tokarev

Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Paleozoic Paleontology and Stratigraphy TIPGG, Senior Lecturer, NSU GGD. Scientific interests: archaeocytes and organogenic constructions of the Lower Cambrian of the Altai-Sayan fold region and the Siberian platform, paleogeography of the Siberian Cambrian Period.

Fees and Financial support

Tuition fees

Tuition fees is U.S. $5200 per year.


Every year foreign students have an opportunity to apply for the Russian Government Scholarship Program

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend
Application deadline: depends on the country of applicant

You also have an opportunity to participate in the "Open Doors” Russian Scholarship Project and win a full scholarship to study Master’s program.

Benefits: full tuition, monthly stipend.

Entrance requirements

  • Copy of the 1st page of your travelling passport with your personal data
  • Legalized (if required) educational certificate
  • Legalized (if required) academic transcripts (transcript of record, university degree/s, diploma supplements)
  • 2 photos
  • English language course marks sheet/TOEFL certificate or other international certificates (in case English is not your mother tongue and your previous education wasn't in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter (1-2 pages)
  • Medical certificate of overall health condition
  • HIV + AIDS certificates

Note! For enrollment you have to submit both original and notarized Russian translations of the required documents to the NSU Admission Office.

Application deadlines

Till August 6 fill the application form and provide full set of scanned documents