Natalia FISHER, PhD in Microbiology and Ecology (Russia)

Natalia Fisher

Natalia holds a PhD in Microbiology and Ecology from the Institute of Water and Ecology Problems at the Russian Academy of Science, where she is currently a Senior Researcher. Her research area is the quality of surface and groundwater. Her recent academic approach focuses on biogeochemical processes in groundwater contaminated by hydrocarbons.

Current position: Senior Researcher at the Institute of Water and Ecological Problems, Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Science, Russia

Research focus: Biogeochemical processes in groundwater contaminated by hydrocarbons

In 2009 Natalia was awarded a Green Talent. During her research stay in Germany at the Grundwasser-Zentrum Dresden, she identified the ability of microorganisms to oxidize manganese. During her extensive collaborations with other scientists, she became interested in groundwater pollution issues, which result in the disappearance of clean and safe drinking water. Natalia is the Head of the Young Scientists Council of the Khabarovsk region and a member of the Coordinating Council for Youth affairs in Science and Education of Presidential Council for Science and Education.

2015 Young Scientists' Regional Competition Science, for the Khabarovsk Region: Earth and Life Science

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009): 

Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Research focus: Treatment of groundwater and untreated water

Since 2007, Natalia Konstantinovna Fisher is investigating the role of microbial processes in the removal of iron and manganese in groundwater aquifers in Khabarovsk. Fisher is conducting her research at the Institute of Water and Ecological Problems at the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the city of Khabarovsk in the far east of Russia. In that region, the drinkable water supply comes from the Amur River, which is heavily polluted. An alternative source of drinkable water would be groundwater, but that water contains a high concentration of those same metals: iron and manganese. Fisher is investigating approaches that would clean the water in the aquifer itself rather than after its extraction.

Through the Green Talents Forum, Natalia Konstantinovna Fisher hopes to learn more about current research and approaches to water remediation from German experts who are leading in the field and to understand the microbiological processes in the ground water better. With its choice of Fisher, the jury honors the young scientist’s consistent dedication to the topic of water and water treatment starting with her diploma thesis.