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Gender male
Job title Professor
Baikal research centre (
Lenina 3 -120 Irkutsk 664003
Baikal research centre Lenina 3 -120
Russian Federation
Regions Bristol Channel
Tel 7(3952)600893
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Website http://www.baikal-research.org
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Degree Dr. Sci.
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Limnology , Limnology
Research Activities The overarching theme of our research is a comparative study of physiological mechanisms of environmental adaptation and stress tolerance in highly specialized endemic species from of Lake Baikal and common Palearctic species. We use experimental and comparative approaches in order to understand how environmental stressors such as temperature, anoxia/hypoxia or toxicity pollution may limit survival and distribution of endemic amphipods in Lake Baikal. This understanding is crucial for prognosis of the fate of endemic benthos populations, which comprise 1/3 of unique Lake Baikal biodiversity, in the face of the global environmental change or local anthropogenic hazards. Our studies aimed to understand whether changed environment can reduce competitive abilities of the endemic Baikal species compared to their ubiquitous Palearctic counterparts. Understanding the differences in tolerance and stress protection mechanisms between these species will provide important information for predicting the resilience of unique endemic Baikal fauna in the face of global climate change and may have important implications for future studies of the effects of global climate change on other ancient ecosystems worldwide.
Research Region Lake Baikal
Working languages English Russian
Skills/Expertise Experience in physiological and ecological studies of Baikal and Palearctic species (mainly Amphipods and Gastropods) with a focus on environmental and anthropogenic stress tolerance/
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Maxim TIMOFEYEV)

Shatilina Z.M., H.W.Riss, M.V.Protopopova, M.Trippe, E.I.Meyer, V.V.Pavlichenko, D.S.Bedulina, D.V. Axenov-Gribanov, M.A. Timofeyev.The role of heat the shock proteins (HSP70 and sHSP) for the thermotolerance of freshwater amphipods from contrasting habitats. Journal of thermal biology, 2011, V.36, I.2, P. 142 – 149.
Bedulina D.S., Zimmer M., Timofeyev M.A. Sub-littoral and supra-littoral amphipods respond differently to acute thermal stress. Comparative biochemistry and physiology, Part B, 155, 2010, P. 413–418.
Steinberg, C.E.W., Ouerghemmi, N., Herrmann, S., Bouchnak, R., Timofeyev, M.A., Menzel, R. Stress by poor food quality and exposure to humic substances: Daphnia magna responds with oxidative stress, lifespan extension, but reduced offspring numbers. Hydrobiologia, 2010, 652:223–236.
Bedulina D.S., Timofeyev M.A. , Zimmer M, Zwirnmann E, Menzel R, C.E.W. Steinberg Different natural organic matter isolates cause similar stress response patterns in the freshwater amphipod, Gammarus pulex. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2010, 17, 261–269.
Steinberg C E W, Timofeyev M A and Menzel R. (2009) Dissolved Humic Substances: Interactions with Organisms. In: Gene E. Likens, (Editor) Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. volume 2, pp. 747-753 Oxford: Elsevier.
Timofeyev M., Protopopova M., Pavlichenko V, Steinberg C. Can acclimation of amphipods change their antioxidative response? Aquatic Ecology, 2009, 43:1041–1045.
Timofeyev М., Z.M. Shatilina, M.V. Protopopova, D.S. Bedulina, V.V. Pavlichenko, A.V. Kolesnichenko, C.E.W. Steinberg Thermal stress defense in freshwater amphipods from contrasting habitats with emphasis on small heat shock proteins (sHSPs). Journal of Thermal Biology, 34(2009)281–285
Timofeyev M., Shatilina Z. M , Bedulina D.S., Protopopova M.V., Pavlichenko V., Grabelnich O.I., Kolesnichenko A.V. Evaluation of biochemical responses in Palearctic and Lake Baikal endemic amphipod species exposed to CdCl2. Ecotoxicol. Environm. Safety, Volume 70, Issue 1, May 2008, Pages 99-105.
Steinberg CEW, Meinelt T, Timofeyev MA, Bittner M, Menzel R (2008): Dissolved Humic Substances. Part 2: Interactions with Organisms. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 15 (2) 128–135.
Timofeyev M., Shatilina Z.M., Bedulina D.S., Menzel, R., Steinberg C.E.W. Natural organic matter (NOM) has the potential to modify the multixenobiotic resistance (MXR) activity in freshwater amphipods Eulimnogammarus cyaneus (Dyb) and Eulimnogammarus verrucosus (Gerst.)// Comparative biochemistry and physiology, Part B 146 (2007) 496–503.
Timofeyev M., Z. Shatilina, A. Kolesnichenko , V. Kolesnichenko, S. Pflugmacher, C. Steinberg. Specific antioxidants reaction to oxidative stress promoted by natural organic matter (NOM) in two endemic amphipod species from Lake Baikal // Environmental Toxicology, volume 21, issue 2, 2006, P.104-110.
Timofeyev M.A., Steinberg C Comparative study of the antioxidant response to natural organic matter (NOM) exposure in three Baikalean amphipod species from contrasting habitats // Comparative biochemistry and physiology B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2006 Part B 145 (2006) 197–203.
Timofeyev M., Shatilina Z., Kolesnichenko A., Kolesnichenko V., Bedulina D., Steinberg C. Natural organic matter (NOM) promotes oxidative stress in freshwater amphipods Gammarus lacustris Sars and G. tigrinus (Sexton) // Science of The Total Environment, V.366 (2-3), 2006, P. 673-681.
Steinberg C., S. Kamara, V. Prokhotskaya, L. Manusadžianasp, T. Karasyova, M. Timofeyev, Z. Jie, A. Paul, T. Meinel, V. Farjallap, A. Matsuo, K. Burnison, R. Menzel. Dissolved humic substances – ecological driving forces from the individual to the ecosystem level? (Review) // Freshwater Biology (2006) 51, P.1189–1210.
Timofeyev M. Antioxidant enzyme activity in endemic Baikalean versus Palaearctic amphipods: Tagma- and size-related changes // Comparative biochemistry and physiology B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2006, Vol. 143/3 pp 302-308
Wiegand C., Meems N., Timofeyev M.A., Steinberg C., Pflugmacher S. More evidence for humic substances acting as biogeochemicals on organisms // in Humic Substances: Nature's Most Versatile Materials. Eds. E. A. Ghabbour and G. Davies, Francis & Taylor New York. 2004, P.340-372.
Timofeyev M. , C.Wiegand, B.K.Burnison, Z.M. Shatilina, S.Pflugmacher, C.E.W. Steinberg. Impact of natural organic matter (NOM) on freshwater amphipods) // The Science of the Total Environment, 2004. V. 319, Issues 1-3, P.115-121.
Timofeyev M. , Shatilina Z. Different preference reactions of three Lake Baikal endemic amphipods to temperature and oxygen are correlated with symbiotic life. // Crustaceana; 2007; 80(2):129-138.

Created: 2011-03-22 Last Updated: 2011-03-22 by Maxim TIMOFEYEV