Elena Esiukova

Elena Esiukova, PhD, Senior Researcher

Web of Science ResearcherID: B-8205-2017
ORCID: 0000-0003-1836-610X
Scopus Author ID: 36499271900
РИНЦ AuthorID: 604981
ResearchGate: Elena-Esiukova

1. Personal data

 Name                   Elena Esiukova

Date of birth   30.09.1962

Address           prospect Mira, 1,

                         236022 Kaliningrad, Russia

Mob.                +7 911 457 75 17

Fax                   +7 (4012) 91 69 70

E-mail                 elena_esiukova@mail.ru

Web                    www.atlantic.ocean.ru

2. Present position:              

Senior researcher, Laboratory for Marine Physics, PhD (Geogr.)

 Atlantic Branch of Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Kaliningrad, Russia

3. Research fields

 geophysical fluid dynamics:

  • cascading, upwelling, water exchange,
  • Langmuir circulation in shallow basins;

marine microplastics:

  • environmental monitoring;
  • physical and dynamical properties of MPs;
  • MPs migrations in sea coastal zone;
  • mechanical fragmentation in swash zone;
  • MPs and marine ice;
  • microplastics and marine macrophytes;

marine litter:

  •      micro/meso/macroplastics in marine environment;
  •      geosynthetic / geotextile debris in marine environment.


  • field measurements; laboratory experiment; numerical modelling.

4. Language skills

English (basic); Russian (native)

5. Education:                          

 Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, 2009: PhD, Geography (Specialty: Oceanology);

 Kaliningrad Technical Institute for the Fishery Industry and Economy, 1980-1985 (Specialty: Automated control systems); postgraduate studies 1989-1992.

6. Research Projects (after 2007):

2024- present: Mechanisms of sorting of plastic objects in the coastal zone of the sea and associated plastic mass fluxes within the coastal zone and into the open sea (Russian Science Foundation, project № 24-17-00099, participant)

2022- 2023: Boundary conditions for problems of transport and fate of microplastics particles in marine environment (Russian Science Foundation, project № 19-17-00041-extension, participant)

2019-2021: Boundary conditions for problems of transport and fate of microplastics particles in marine environment (Russian Science Foundation, project № 19-17-00041, participant).

2019-2021: Cold Intermediate Layer of the Baltic Sea: verifying hypotheses of its formation. (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project № 13-05-01041-a, participant).

2018-2021 Litter rim of the Baltic Sea coast: monitoring, impact, and remediation. ERA.Net RUS Plus Call 2017, project № 429 (RFBR via grant No.18-55-76001, participant) (Germany, Estonia, Russia).

2018-2021: Environmental impact of geosynthetics in aquatic systems. ERA.Net RUS Plus (No RUS ST2017-212) (RFBR via grant No.18-55-76002, participant) (Germany, Latvia, Russia)

2015-2017: Microplastics research in the Baltic marine environment (Russian Science Foundation, project № 15-17-10020, participant).

2013-2015: Investigation of the role of intermediate layers in thermohaline conveyor of the Baltic Sea (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, № 13-05-01041-a, participant).

2011-2013: Mixing and water exchange in coastal lagoons under fall/winter time conditions (RFBR № 11-05-00674-a, participant).

2010-2012: Unsteady convective water exchange between shelf and open sea and its contribution to formation of thermo-haline structure of the Baltic Sea (RFBR № 10-05-00540-a, participant).

2010-2012: Seasonal structural front and formation of cold intermediate layer of the Baltic sea (RFBR № 10-05-00472-a, participant).

2010-2012: RFBR (mobility of young scientists, Project lieder): № 10-05-90765 mob st; № 11-05-90737 mob st; № 12-05-90820 mol rf

2008-2010: Advanced modeling tool for scenarios of the Baltic Sea ecosystem to support decision making – ECOSUPPORT (RFBR № 08-05-92421-BONUS_a, participant).

2007-2009: Investigation of a mechanism of seasonal water-exchange between shelf and open sea area and its response to the expected climate change (RFBR № 07-05-00850-a, participant).

 Grants for Expeditions:

2020; 2019, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 (RFBR №№ 19-05-00717, 13-05-10086-k, 12-05-10069-k, 11-05-10060-k, 10-05-10050-k, 09-05-10037-k).


7. Selected publications (after 2010):

 Peer-reviewed Journal papers

  1. Esiukova, E., Lobchuk, O., Fetisov, S., Bocherikova, I., Kantakov, G., Chubarenko, I., 2024. Baltic plastic soup recipe: presence of paraffin increases micro- and mesoplastic contamination. Regional Studies in Marine Science 74, 103554. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2024.103554
  2. Saliu F., Lasagni M., Clemenza M., Chubarenko I., Esiukova E., Suaria G., 2023.  The interactions of plastic with tar and other petroleum derivatives in the marine environment: A general perspective. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 197, 115753, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2023.115753
  3. Stont, Zh. I., Esiukova, E. E. Ulyanova, M. O., 2023. Clusters of Cyclones and Their Effect on Coast Abrasion in Kaliningrad Region. Russian Journal of Earth Sciences. 23, ES3008, https://doi.org/10.2205/2023es000826
  4. Chubarenko, B., Domnin, D., Simon, F.-G., Scholz, P., Leitsin, V., Tovpinets, A., Karmanov, K., Esiukova, E., 2023. Change over Time in the Mechanical Properties of Geosynthetics Used in Coastal Protection in the South-Eastern Baltic. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 11, 113. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11010113
  5. Chubarenko, I., Bocherikova, I., Esiukova, E., Isachenko, I., Kupriyanova, A., Lobchuk, O., Fetisov, S., 2023. Microplastics in sea ice: A fingerprint of bubble flotation. Science of The Total Environment 164611. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.164611
  6. Isachenko I., Esiukova E., Chubarenko I. Beach-cast appearance on the tide-less sea shore: Parameters of favoring surface waves // Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2023. 281. 108219. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2023.108219.
  7. Chubarenko I., Esiukova E., Zobkov M., Isachenko I., 2022. Microplastics distribution in bottom sediments of the Baltic Sea Proper. Marine Pollution Bulletin 179, 113743. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113743.
  8. Fetisov S.V., Chubarenko I.P., Esiukova E.E., 2022. Analysis of the Meteorological and Hydrophysical Factors of Massive Wash-Outs of Marine Litter to the Shore of Sambian Peninsula (The Baltic Sea). In: Chaplina T. (eds) Processes in GeoMedia—Volume V. Springer Geology. Springer, Cham. pp. 145–156. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-85851-3_17.
  9. Chubarenko B., Kileso A., Esiukova E., Pinchuk V., Simon F.-G., 2022. Dataset on geosynthetic material debris contamination of the South-East Baltic shore. Data in Brief. 40, 107778. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2021.107778.
  10.  Esiukova E., Lobchuk O., Haseler M., Chubarenko I.  Microplastic contamination of sandy beaches of National Parks, protected and recreational areas in southern parts of the Baltic Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2021. 173, 113002. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.113002.
  11. Esiukova E.E., Lobchuk O.I., Volodina A.A., Chubarenko I.P. Marine macrophytes retain microplastics. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2021. 171, 112738. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112738
  12. Zobkov M.B., Chubarenko I.P., Esiukova E.E., Belkina N.A., Kovalevsky V.V., Zobkova M.V., Efremova T.A., Galakhina N.E. Lakes as accumulators of microplastics on its way from land to the World Ocean. Review of research // News of the Russian Geographical Society. 2021. T.153, No. 4, S. 1-19. DOI: 10.31857 / S0869607121040054 (Зобков М.Б., Чубаренко И.П., Есюкова Е.Е., Белкина Н.А.,  Ковалевский В.В., Зобкова М.В., Ефремова Т.А., Галахина Н.Е. Озёра как аккумуляторы микропластика на его пути с суши в Мировой океан. Обзор исследований // Известия Русского географического общества. 2021. Т.153, № 4, С. 1-19. DOI: 10.31857/S0869607121040054)
  13. Fetisov S.V., Chubarenko I.P., Esiukova E.E. Analysis of meteorological and hydrophysical factors of mass washout of marine debris on the coast of the Sambia Peninsula (Baltic Sea) // Processes in geomedia. 2 (28), pp. 1146-1154. 2021.eLIBRARY ID: 46458068 (Фетисов С.В., Чубаренко И.П., Есюкова Е.Е. Анализ метеорологических и гидрофизических факторов массового вымывания морского мусора на берег Самбийского полуострова (Балтийское море) // Процессы в геосредах. 2 (28), С. 1146-1154. 2021. eLIBRARY ID: 46458068)
  14. Bagaev, A., Esiukova, E., Litvinyuk, D. et al. Investigations of plastic contamination of seawater, marine and coastal sediments in the Russian seas: a review. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 28, 32264–32281. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-14183-z
  15. Scholz, P., Putna-Nimane, I., Barda, I., Liepina-Leimane, I., Strode, E., Kileso, A., Esiukova, E., Chubarenko, B., Purina, I., Simon, F.-G. Environmental Impact of Geosynthetics in Coastal Protection. Materials 2021, 14, 634. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14030634
  16.  Leitsin V.N., Tovpinets A.O., Chubarenko B.V., Domnin D.A., Esiukova E.E., Burnashov E.M. Аpproach to evaluating the change of properties of the geosynthetic material used to stabilize the marine landscape slopes. IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 911 (2020). 012004. IOP Publishing. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/911/1/012004
  17.  Chubarenko I., Esiukova E., Khatmullina L., Lobchuk O., Grave A., Kileso A., Haseler M. (2020) From macro to micro, from patchy to uniform: analyzing plastic contamination along and across a sandy tide-less coast. Mar. Pollut. Bull. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111198
  18.  Esiukova E., Khatmullina L., Lobchuk O., Grave A., Kileso A., Haseler M., Zyubin A., Chubarenko I. From macro to micro: dataset on plastic contamination along and across a sandy tide-less coast (the Curonian Spit, the Baltic Sea). Data in Brief. Volume 30, June 2020, 105635. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.105635 (open access).
  19. Esiukova E., Zobkov M, Chubarenko I. Data on microplastic contamination of the Baltic Sea bottom sediment samples in 2015-2016. Data in Brief. Volume 28, February 2020, 104887 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.104887 (open access).
  20.  Zobkov M.B., Esiukova E.E. Zyubin A.Y., Samusev I.G. Microplastic content variation in water column: the observations with novel sampling tool in stratified Baltic Sea. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 2019. Vol. 138. P. 193-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.11.047
  21.  Chubarenko I.P., Isachenko I.A., Esiukova E.E. On the role of clastic shores in mechanical fragmentation of marine plastics. Processes in geomedia. 2019.No 4 (22). Pp. 534-539. (In Russian).  https://elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=42666846; http://journal.geomediacenter.ru/pgm-4-22-2019
  22. Chubarenko, I.P., Esiukova, E.E., Bagaev, A.V., Bagaeva, M.A., Grave, A.N. (2018) Three-dimensional distribution of anthropogenic microparticles in the body of sandy beaches. Science of the Total Environment. Vol. 628-629, pp. 1340-1351. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.167
  23. Chubarenko I., Esiukova E., BagaevA., Isachenko I., Demchenko N., Zobkov M., Efimova I., Bagaeva M., Khatmullina L. (2018) Behavior of Microplastics in Coastal Zones, In: Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments, edited by Eddy Y. Zeng, Elsevier, 2018, Pages 175-223, ISBN 9780128137475, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-813747-5.00006-0.
  24. Zobkov M. B., Esiukova E. E. Microplastics in a marine environment: review of methods for sampling, processing and analyzing of microplastics in water, bottom sediments, and coastal deposits. Oceanology, 2018, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 137-143. DOI: 10.1134/S0001437017060169
  25. Esiukova E. E., Chubarenko I. P. Features of the distribution of microplastics on sandy beaches of the Kaliningrad region (the Baltic Sea). Regional Ecology, 2018. no. 1(51). C. 108–121 (In Russian). DOI: 10.30694/1026-5600-2018-1-108-121
  26. Esiukova E., Chubarenko B., Simon F.-G. Debris of geosynthetic materials on the shore of South-Eastern Baltic (Kaliningrad Oblast, Russian Federation) // 2018 IEEE/OES Baltic International Symposium (BALTIC). 2018. P. 1-6. DOI: 10.1109/BALTIC.2018.8634842
  27. Esiukova E. E., Chubarenko B. V., Burnashov E. M. Geosynthetic materials as a source of pollution of the marine environment by plastic debris. Regional Ecology, 2018, no. 3(53), pp. 15–28 (In Russian). DOI 10.30694/1026-5600-2018-3-15-28
  28. Esiukova E.E., Chubarenko I. P., Stont Zh. I. (2017) Upwelling or differential cooling? Analysis of satellite SST images of the Southeastern Baltic Sea. Water Resources. 2017, Vol. 44, Issue 1, pp 69–77. https://doi.org/10.1134/S0097807817010043
  29. Zobkov M. B., Esiukova E. E. Evaluation of the Munich Plastic Sediment Separator efficiency in extraction of microplastics from natural marine bottom sediments // Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 2017. Vol.15, P. 967-978. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/lom3.10217/full
  30. Esiukova E. Plastic pollution on the Baltic beaches of the Kaliningrad region, Russia. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 2017. Vol. 114, P.1072–1080. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.10.001
  31. Zobkov M., Esiukova E. Microplastics in Baltic Bottom Sediments: quantification procedures and first results.  Mar. Pollut. Bull. 2017. Vol. 114 (2), P.724–732. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16308761
  32. Esiukova E. E., Bagaev A. V., A. I. Mizyuk A. I., Chubarenko I. P. Floating litter on the beaches of the south-eastern Baltic: observations and numerical modelling. Regional Ecology, 2017. no. 1(47). pp. 47-57. (In Russian).  https://elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=29392590
  33. Esiukova E.E. Plastic and paraffin pollution of the South-East Baltic beaches. Oceanology: Interactive almanac. 2017. No. 1. (In Russian)  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nauka/id1188706503; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.naukapublishers.naturealmanac
  34. Chubarenko, I., Bagaiev, A., Zobkov, M., Esiukova, E. (2016) On some physical and dynamical properties of microplastic particles in marine environment. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 108, 105–112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.04.048
  35. Rozynski G., M. Bielecka, P. Margonski, I. Psuty, L. Szhymanek, B. Chubarenko, E. Esiukova, D. Domnin, A. Domnina and V. Pilipchuk.  Chapter 7. The physio-geographical background and ecology of the Vistula Lagoon. [In] Coastal Lagoons in Europe. Edited by Ana I. Lillebo, Per Stalnacke and Geoffrey D. Gooch. – London: IWA Publishing Alliance House.–2015 (227 p.). Pp. 7-67. http://www.iwapublishing.com/sites/default/files/ebooks/9781780406299.full_.pdf
  36. Esiukova E.E, Chubarenko I.P., Sinyukhin A.O. How to differentiate between coastal cooling and upwelling events on SST images? // Baltic International Symposium (BALTIC), 2014 IEEE/OES, 27-29 May 2014, Tallinn, Estonia. – Publisher: IEEE. – p. 1-7. – Print ISBN: 978-1-4799-5707-1, DOI: 10.1109/BALTIC.2014.6887839
  37. Chubarenko I., Esiukova E., Chubarenko B., Baudler H.. Down-slope cascading modulated by day/night variations of solar heating. J. Limnol., 2013; 72(2): 240-252. https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2013.e19
  38. Chubarenko B. V., L. V. Leitsina, E. E. Esiukova, and D. N. Kurennoy. Model Analysis of the Currents and Wind Waves in the Vistula Lagoon of the Baltic Sea. Oceanology, 2012, Vol. 52, No. 6, pp. 748–753. http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S000143701206001X
  39. Chubarenko I, Chubarenko B., Esiukova E. and Baudler H. Mixing by Langmuir circulation in shallow lagoons.  Baltica, 23(1), 2010. pp. 13-24.

Books, book chapters

  1. Chubarenko I., Esiukova E., BagaevA., Isachenko I., Zobkov M., Bagaeva M., Khatmullina L., Fetisov S. Microplastics particles in coastal zone: Approach of physical oceanography, In: Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments: An Emerging Matter of Environmental Urgency. Second edition. Edited by Eddy Y. Zeng, Elsevier, 2024, Pages 249-310, Paperback ISBN: 978-0-443-15332-7, eBook ISBN: 978-0-443-15333-4. https://shop.elsevier.com/books/microplastic-contamination-in-aquatic-environments/zeng/978-0-443-15332-7
  2. Чубаренко И.П., Есюкова Е.Е., Хатмуллина Л.И., Лобчук О.И., Исаченко И.А., Буканова Т.В. Микропластик в морской среде. М.: Научный мир, 2021. – 520 с. ISBN 978-5-91522-513-7 (in Russian)
  3. Ershova A.A., Eremina T.R., Chubarenko I.P., Esiukova E.E. (2021) Marine Litter in the Russian Gulf of Finland and South-East Baltic: Application of Different Methods of Beach Sand Sampling. In: Stock F., Reifferscheid G., Brennholt N., Kostianaia E. (eds) Plastics in the Aquatic Environment – Part I. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, vol 111. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/698_2021_746
  4. Chubarenko I., Esiukova E., BagaevA., Isachenko I., Demchenko N., Zobkov M., Efimova I., Bagaeva M., Khatmullina L. Behavior of Microplastics in Coastal Zones, In: Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments, edited by Eddy Y. Zeng, Elsevier, 2018, Pages 175-223, ISBN 9780128137475, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-813747-5.00006-0
  5. G.Rozynski, M.Bielecka, P.Margonski, I.Psuty, L.Szhymanek, B.Chubarenko, E.Esiukova, D.Domnin, A.Domnina and V.Pilipchuk. Chapter 7. The physio-geographical background and ecology of the Vistula Lagoon. [In] Coastal Lagoons in Europe. Edited by Ana I. Lillebo, Per Stalnacke and Geoffrey D. Gooch. – London: IWA Publishing Alliance House.–2015 (227 p.).- Pp. 57-67. http://www.iwapublishing.com/sites/default/files/ebooks/9781780406299.full_.pdf