Number 31 – Dr. Aleksey A. Zavarzin
Dr. Alex Zavarzin is currently deputy director of the N.I.Vavilov All-Russia Institute of Plant Genetic Resources in St. Petersburg – the oldest and one of the three top plant gene-banks in the World. Dr. Zavarzin is responsible for the Institute’s international collaborations, education and training. For many years Dr. Zavarzin has combined his academic research with work in environmental NGO “Baltic Fund for Nature”.
Dr. Zavazrin also participated and led many international environmental projects in Russia and NW Europe, sponsored by the WWF. He has wide experience in promoting biodiversity field studies, networking of protected areas, implementation of environmental legislation and transboundary collaboration, enhancing youth involvement into decision making and introducing education for sustainable development and communication. You won’t find him on social media or shouting at people for not drinking soya milk, instead, you will find him meticulously devoting every second of his life to the science of saving the natural world.
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