I am a Senior scientist at the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia). My research is mainly focused on the taxonomy, biogeography and biology of tube anemones (Ceriantharia), black corals (Antipatharia), and soft corals of the genus Anthomastus. I am also very interested in host/symbiont interactions in deep-sea corals and fauna of seamounts and oceanic ridges. For last several years I am also involved in ecological studies of potential sites for deep-sea mining and development of Regional Environmental Management plans for these sites. As a part of Shirshov Institute of Oceanology team I also participated in a number of biodiversity projects including those of Census of Marine Life (Census of Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life and Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts). During last six years I have been serving as a subject editor in Actiniaria and Octocorals in Marine Biology Research journal.
Since 2009 I am a responsible in WoRMS for two groups of anthozoans: Antipatharia (together with D. Opresko) and Ceriantharia and also was a member of WoRMS Achievement Award committee in 2017-2019.Taxonomic terms: