Otto Kinne Foundation

The Otto Kinne Foundation (OKF) supports promising young environmental scientists in eastern European countries, without distinction of race, religion, nationality or sex. Call for nominations.


Founded in 1992, the OKF is a not-for-profit organization approved by the local government (Bezirksregierung Lüneburg).

The OKF provides financial support to postgraduate scientists who conduct environmental research and who have demonstrated a high degree of professional performance. Supportable research includes basic science and investigations on the protection and management of species and natural environments.

In particular, the OKF provides financial assistance for (1) research projects, (2) educational travel, e.g. visits to renowned research institutions; participation in important scientific meetings; (3) purchase of scientific equipment or published information.


The Eastern European countries covered are, in alphabetical order: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.



The OKF is operated by a Board of Trustees ('Vorstand') consisting of 6 members: 5 Experts (among them the President and the Vice President) and 1 Administrator. All Trustees work in an honorary capacity. The President of the OKF as of September 1, 2008 is Dr. Anna F. Pasternak, P. P. Shirshov Inst. of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Nakhimovskii prospekt 36, Moscow 117 851, Russia, E-mail: pasternakanna(at)


OKF Board of Trustees

Dr. Anna F. Pasternak (President), Moscow, Russia

Prof. Friedrich Buchholz (Vice President), Helgoland, Germany

Prof. Judit Padisák, Vezprém, Hungary

Prof. Marcin Plinski, Gdynia, Poland

Dr. Mihaela Pavlicev, St. Louis, MO, USA

Angela Fromm (Administration), Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany




OKF Fellows



Piotr Ba?azy, Marine Ecology Department, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences Powstancow Warszawy 55, Sopot 81-712, Poland

Latitudinal patterns of biodiversity - do epifaunal assemblages of hard mobile substrates reflect the predicted models?


Elena Rybakova, P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Nakhimovsky Pr., 36, Moscow, Russia 117997

Hydrothermal assemblages on the East-Pacific Rise and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge


Lenka Gettova, Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlá?ská 267-2, 61137 Brno, Czech Republic

Genetic diversity and parasitism in the hybrid zone between two cyprinid species: invasive Barbus barbus and endangered Barbus meridionalis in France



Anna Dilman. Laboratory of Ocean Benthic Fauna, P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Acedemy of Sciences, Nakhimovsky Pr., 36, 117997 Moscow, Russia.

Asteroid fauna of the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge: composition, ecology, distribution patterns and biogeographic history


Ferenc Vilisics. Helsinki University, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences, Urban Ecology Research Group, PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1, Biocenter 3), FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland.

Ecosystem function of decomposer communities in urban green roofs in Helsinki


Victória Üveges. University of Pannonia, Institute of Environmental Science, Department of Limnology, H-8200 Veszprém, 10. Egyetem str., Hungary.

Regeneration of the biota of the Torna-stream (Hungary) and Marcal River after the red-sludge catastrophe



Arevik Minasyan. st. Marrie 5, apt. 3, Yerevan 0079, Armenia.

Dynamics of microbial self–cleaning power of Lake Sevan and its main tributaries


Zoltan Tóth. 105 Kassai str., H-8000 Székesfehérvar, Hungary.

Investigation of the emergence of non-random following etworks in house sparrow flocks


Lenka Trebatická . Kauppatie 58 A 2, Konnevesi, 443 00 Finland.

The effect of Puumala hantavirus on survival of its host, the bank vole (Myodes glareolus)



Martina Petrú. Mnisek 95, Trebon 37901, Czech Republic.

Regeneration capacity and resilience of Madagascar’s arid spiny forest in a rehabilitation perspective.


Csilla Stenger-Kovács.University of Pannonia, Department of Limnology, Egyetem str. 10, Veszprém 8200, Hungary.

Development of equilibrium phases and the role of herbivory in periphyton composition of streams with special emphasis on diatom communities.


Tina N. Molodtsova. P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, 36 Nakhimovskiy prospect, Moscow 117218, Russia.

Deep-sea Antipatharia (Anthozoa: Cnidaria) of the North-East Atlantic: continental slope vs. seamount faunas.



Bohdan Prots. State Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 18 Tetralna Str., Lviv 79008, Ukraine.

'The Transcarpathian Riverine Forests Nature Park - Saving the Future of Unique Floodplain Forests'.


Ruslan Salamatin. Department of General Biology and Parasitology, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland and Department of Parasitology, I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Chmielnicki 15, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Comparative studies on helminth fauna of wild ducks (subfamily Anatinae) in coastal regions of Poland and Ukraine in ecological aspect.


István Szentirmai. Department of Ethology, Eotvos Lorand University, Pazmany P. Setany 1/C, 1117 Budapest, Hungary.

Habitat selection and reproductive success of the endangered Montagu's harrier in agricultural landscapes.



Alexander V. Kirdyanov. Institute of Forest, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS), Akademgorodok, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia.

Tree-ring growth - climate interactions along the longitudinal transect in Siberia in the context of global and regional climatic changes.


Piotr Kuklinski. Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Science, ul. Powstancow Warszawy 55, Sopot 81-712, Poland.

Ecology of bryozoans from Svalbard waters. This study intends to address some of the major aspects of the ecology of bryozoan in Svalbard area.


Kasia Salwicka-Ciaputa. Department of Antarctic Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Ustrzycka 10, 12, 02141 Warsaw, Poland.

Genetic study of Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) population in Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica.



Vojtech Novotny. Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Beta diversity of herbivorous insects in lowland rainforests of Papua New Guinea.


Yuri Kvach. Department of Zoology, Odessa University, 2 Shampansky Provulok, 65058 Odessa, Ukraine.

Biodiversity of helminths of gobiid fishes from the North-Western Black Sea region.


Csaba Székely. Veterinary Medical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 21, Hungaria krt, Budapest, H-1142, Hungaria.

Parasitoses in fresh-water and pond-farm fisheries, including control measures.



Alexey Valerievich Smirnov. St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Elucidation of distribution and dynamics of abundance of gymnamoebae in bottom sediments of a freshwater lake, using a newly developed original method.


Andrei Nikolaevich Ostrovsky. St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Reproductive patterns and life cycles of White Sea bryozoans, with special emphasis on the structure and dynamics of populations of different species.


Alexey Vladimirovich Rybakov. Chorology Department, Institute of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia.

Larval characters in the taxonomy of parasitic cirriped barnacles (Rhizocephalid crustaceans).



Marie Alexandrovna Saburova. Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, National Academy of the Ukraine, Prospekt Nakhimova 2, Sevastopol 335001, Crimea, Ukraine.

Studies on the distribution, migration, cell cycle and nutrition of microalgae in marine intertidal sediments and environmental factors which may affect them


Jan Zukal. Institute of Landscape Ecology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Kvetná 8, 60365 Brno, Czech Republic.

Research on the ecology of bats, their foraging activity, changes in abundance and problems of bat conservation


András Báldi. Animal Ecology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Baross u. 13, H-1088 Budapest, Hungary

Testing of indicators of biodiversity in Hungarian nature reserves



Konstantin A. Lutaenko. Institute of Marine Biology, Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Palchevsky Street 17, Vladivostok 690041, Russia.

Paleoclimatology as reflected by molluscan fauna of Eurasian coastal regions


Sergey V. Dobretsov. Laboratory of Invertebrate Zoology, Biological Research Institute, St. Petersburg University, Oranienbaumskoye sch. 2, Stary Peterhof 198904, Russia.

Successional community dynamics of hydrozoan and mollusc larvae


Marina I. Orlova . Laboratory of Brackishwater Biology, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya 1, 1999034 St. Petersburg, Russia.

Salinity responses and their molecular background in euryhaline and stenohaline species of dreissenid bivalves


Andrei A. Filippov. Laboratory of Brackishwater Biology, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya 1, 1999034 St. Petersburg, Russia.

Benthic fauna of the Aral Lake under impact of changed environment



Inna M. Sokolova. White Sea Biological Station, Zoological Institute of the Academy of Science of Russia, Universitetskaya nab., 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia.

Influence of salinity on marine bivalve populations


Andrej V. Grischenko. Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, 16 Linia, 29, St. Petersburg 199178, Russia.

Ecology of intertidal bryozoans of the Commodore Islands shelf region


Ferenc Baska. Veterinary Medical Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, POB 18, 1581 Budapest, Hungary.

Identification of fish coccidia and myxosporea using MAb and PCR techniques



Alexei (Yesenin) Essenin. Institute of Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology of Animals of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Bioindication, 33 Leninsky prospekt, Moscow 117071, Russia.

Metal accumulation patterns of terrestrial invertebrates


Vojtech Novotny. Institute of Entomology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Branisovská 31, 370 05 Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Ecological research on insect groups in a Papua New Guinea rainforest