Nowadays water areas pollutions, connected with oil and petroleum products, occur quite often. This is the pressing challenge for arctic and boreal seas, in particular for the White Sea, because some of its parts are polluted with petrol products. That is the reason why species, which can indicate oil pollutions, are important. My project is devoted to exploring the opportunity of manifesting these properties for White Sea intertidal bivalves. Under the experimental conditions, carried out on the territory of Kandalaksha State Nature Reserve (White sea, Russia), mollusks from 2 different species took part. Results showed that oil products in sediment altered the studied mollusks’ burrowing behavior, but a degree of reaction to pollution varies for different species.

Contestants

Ekaterina Alexandrovna Basharina