Field Stations

The network of the field stations and bases of the IBPN FEB RAS began its development simultaneously with the creation of the Institute. The poor knowledge of the vast region of almost 1.2 million km2 and the practical lack of transport infrastructure predetermined the need and priority of the “stationary” approach to the organization of expeditionary work. The stationary network was developed in a short time. By spatial parameters and coverage it had no analogues both in the USSR and in the world. The field stations and permanent field bases allowed us to do what was later called “biodiversity monitoring” and accumulate information that became the Institute’s gold fund.

Unfortunately, since the early 1990s the number of working field stations and bases has decreased significantly due to external factors.

Currently, the following research field stations and bases are operational and ready to accept all interested persons:

Chaun field station; field station “Orotuk”; field station “Markovo”; field base "Contact"; field base "Talan"

Chaun field station

The field station is located on the southern coast of Chaun Bay of the East Siberian Sea in the united delta of the Chaun-Palyavaam-Puchevey Rivers on the Ayopechan Island.

 

The field station was organized in 1970 on the initiative of V.L. Kontrimavichus, the corresponding member of AS USSR. Since the inception of the field station until the mid-90s the vast majority of works here were related to the researches of the Laboratory of helminthes’ ecology. It was the only high-latitude specialized field helminthological station in the world known throughout the country and beyond. All this time, the successful and uninterrupted operation of the field station was provided by Yu.V. Sorokin, V.F. Pospehov and M.B. Pospekhova.

As a result of systematic parasitological surveys on the basis of the Chaun field station from 1969 to 1993, the tundra communities of the Chaun region represents an incomparable with any of the Subarctic regions and remarkable model for extrapolations, comparisons and generalizations of the fauna of the main helminthes’ groups and the structural and functional organization of their parasitic systems in high latitudes.

The modern history of the field station started in 2011. The research work in the field station was revived by D.V. Solovyova, Ph.D., leading researcher from the Laboratory of Ornithology of our Institute. Since 2012, comprehensive ornithological studies have been performed in the field station annually. Their successful implementation is realized both by our specialists and a large number of foreign colleagues from various countries (China, Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, etc.).

Currently, the work in the field station is carried out according to several international projects: "Study of the migratory connections and habitats of waterfowl Anatidae in Russia and China using remote tracking"; "Long-distance migrations of birds from the Russian Arctic"; "The role of birds of different sexes in the formation of pairs and care of offspring in Arctic sandpipers".

The Chaun field station is open for cooperation. It can accommodate the group of up to 20 people; there are laboratories (unequipped), accommodation units (no heating), banya, kitchen, electricity from the generator when needed.

You can get to the field station via the town of Pevek. There are two flights to Pevek: one from Moscow and another from Magadan and Bilibino. Then from Pevek to the settlement of Rytkuchi by helicopter (there is a regular airline service). In Rytkuchi you will be met by the employees of the institute.

For all questions related to work at the field station, please, contact Diana Solovyova V. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Khamenkova Elena Vladimirovna, Academic Secretary of IBPN FEB RAS (tel. (4132) 63-46-05; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) .

Below there are videos, where you can watch the modern life and work at the Chaun field station:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPlQ9Z-glX8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0HA-bbGDks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9JPbqeR-Zg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmgQwJStH-c

 

 

The field base “Orotuk”

 

 

 

   
 Settlement of Orotuk   Summer base of the field station

 

 

The Orotuk field base is located in the Tenkinsky urban district of the Magadan region nearby the settlement of Orotuk (Upper Kolyma basin, 62o 03 ′ 17 ″ N 148o 38 ′ 45 ″ E). The distance to the district center (Ust-Omchug settlement) is 280 km. Initially in 1992 it was organized as a field base of the Permafrost Institute of SB RAS, in 1995 it became the part of IBPN FEB RAS.

The Upper Kolyma basin is a unique region with a significant variety of natural and climatic conditions and, as a consequence, with a high diversity of plant communities from mountain tundra to relict steppes. The Orotuk field base is situated in the most favorable conditions for conducting long-term phenological monitoring and various botanical researches. The large complex of observations of environmental factors - meteorological, hydrological, phenological, are carried out on the base. The southern spurs of the Chersky range - the Small and Great Anachag ridges and several large mountain lakes - Elgenia, Lebedinoe, Rogovik, are located in the immediate vicinity of the base.

 

   
 Meteorological observations  Experimental work with the cucumber hybrids

 

The floodplains and the terraces above the floodplain of the Kolyma are occupied by wetlands with the oxbow lakes of various sizes, sedge lowland swamps and marshy larch sparse forests. Herb and grass-herb meadows are preserved on the uplands.

The Orotuks field base is open for cooperation. It can accommodate 3-5 people; there is a kitchen, canteen, banya, electricity from the gas generator when needed. In winter, work is carried out in the settlement of Orotuk. Accommodation is possible by agreement. You can get to the base in November-April by car using winter road starting from 308 km of the Palatka-Kulu-Nexican highway (81 km to the settlement of Orotuk), in summer time only by a motor boat from the Duskan’ya quay of the Kolyma reservoir to the quay "Yolochka" of the Kolyma river, about 2 hours waterway. Besides, there is another possible travel by off-road transport by the route Kholodny - Kvartsevy - Ekhba - Orotuk in October-November and May-June.

The Orotuk field base participates in the international project "INTERACT" (No. 42), which unites the Arctic and high-mountain field stations. The main objective of the project is the development of a stationary research methodology, mutual methodological assistance and support.

Since 1995, evaluation of adaptation of cultivars and hybrids of the cucumber has been studied here. The curators of the study are the farming firm "Manul" and an experimental vegetable station of the Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev. The collection of potato cultivars is located on the sites in the settlement of Orotuk.

For all questions related to field base, please, contact Sinelnikova Nadezhda Vyacheslavovna ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Elena Vladimirovna Khamenkova, Academic Secretary of IBPN FEB RAS RAS (tel. (4132) 63-46-05; ac_secretary @ ibpn. ru).