Polina Khrycheva

Department System Ecotoxicology
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research- UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: 0341 235-1658
Fax: 0341 2434-133


Polina has obtained a M.Sc. in Marine Biology at the University of Bremen in Germany. Her thesis research focused on the characterization of the organochemical contamination of a coastal lagoon in Indonesia and its potential toxicity to benthic organisms.

Before coming to Germany, she received her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph (Canada), where she specialized in environmental monitoring and water resources.

During her studies and working experience, she has explored different water-related topics, including environmental toxicology, climate change and species protection. In her current work she is investigating the impact of pesticides on water quality and biodiversity in streams in the context of intensified land use due to current and/or projected fuel crop cultivation.

Professional experience

02.2011- present
UFZ, Departments Bioenergy and System Ecotoxicology, PhD Candidate

08.2010- 01.2011
Climate and Energy Thematic Area, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (Head Office), Intern

02.2010- 07.2010
Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species/UNEP, Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS), Intern

10.2007- 03.2008
Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Research Assistant

Physical Ecology Lab, University of Guelph, Fieldwork assistant


09.2001- 04.2006
Honours Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science at the University of Guelph, Canada
Major: Monitoring and Analysis
Area of Emphasis: Water Resources

10.2006- 07.2009
Master of Science in Marine Biology at the University of Bremen. Thesis title: “Anthropogenic Organic Contaminants in water and sediments of Segara Anakan Lagoon, Indonesia”


Khrycheva, P., Frisch, H. 2010. Characteristics of and threats to toothed whales found frequently within the ASCOBANS Area (Based on the report “Odontocetes: the toothed whales: Distribution, Behavior, Migration and Threats” by Boris Culik). ASCOBANS Advisory Committee document. Available (18.03.2011):

Dsikowitzky, L., Nordhaus, I., Jennerjahn, T., Khrycheva, P., Yoganathan, S., Yuwono, E., Schwarzbauer, J. 2011. Anthropogenic organic contaminants in water, sediments and benthic organisms of the mangrove-fringed Segara Anakan Lagoon, Java, Indonesia. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 62: 851–862

Dsikowitzky, L., Nordhaus, I., Khrycheva, P., Sivatharshan, Y., Yuwono, E., Jennerjahn, T.C., Schwarzbauer, J. Anthropogenic organic contaminants in water, sediments and benthic organisms in the mangrove-fringed Segara Anakan Lagoon, Java, Indonesia. SETAC Europe, 21st Annual Meeting, Milano, Italy, May 2011. Abstract book page: 227.