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January 13, 2011

Marine biology graduate student earns Encyclopedia of Life Fellowship

Fairbanks, Alaska—Elizaveta Ershova, a Ph.D. student in marine biology at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has been selected as an Encyclopedia of Life Rubenstein Fellow.

The EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program provides partial stipend or salary support for early-career scientists to serve information about the organisms they study through the Encyclopedia of Life. Ershova is one of sixteen fellows selected worldwide. Her advisor is Russell Hopcroft, professor of biological oceanography.

Ershova works with the ecology of zooplankton communities in the Arctic. She has a master’s degree at the Moscow State University Shirshov Institute of Oceanology.

“Elizaveta came in knowing exactly what she was doing. Because of her training, she really has a higher appreciation of the taxonomic hierarchy and morphology of the animals,” said Hopcroft.

Ershova will work with Hopcroft to continue to expand information on arctic and subarctic zooplankton species.


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