The Team

Aselle

Aselle Tasmagambetova

Founder

Aselle founded the CSRRC in 2018 following an expedition that highlighted the devastating impact of pollution, climate change and urbanisation on the Caspian Seal population. Aselle recognised that in order to save the seal, more needed to be done to research and safeguard the seals and to encourage governments across the region to pass legislation to protect them.

Aselle coordinates the work of the Center, including the development of the scientific programmes, and is the lead representative and spokesperson.

Aselle has degrees in law and ecology and nature management. Her other charitable initiatives include the Saby Foundation, the principal activities of which include initiatives to promote health and physical development and improve access to education for children living in Kazakhstan.

She lives in Almaty with her husband and children.

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Adylkhan Tovasarov

Executive Project Manager

Adylkhan is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Center, organising the annual expeditions, collecting and analysing samples. He is also integral to the drafting of legislative and regulatory recommendations.

Adylkhan has a Ph.D. in chemistry and has studied at the National Technical University of Kazakhstan and the International Academy of Ecology and Life Safety (MANEB) in St Petersburg, Russia.

Anna Prostetova

Anna Prostetova

Veterinarian

Anna is the lead veterinarian at the Center with overall responsibility for the diagnosis and treatment of seals. She is also key to researching and developing preventative measures to protect the seals from disease and injury.

Anna has a degree from the Veterinary College of Armavir in the Krasnodar region of Kazakhstan.

Sharipa Bisariyeva

Sharipa Bisariyeva

Head of Scientific Research

Sharipa is the head of scientific research and oversees the development of all research programmes at the Center.

She has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the State University of Kazakhstan.

Asetulla Abdraimov

Asetulla Abdraimov

Laboratory Head

Asetulla is a specialist on chemical technology of organic substances. He oversees all work at the Center’s laboratory, including the analysis of samples taken from the seals during expeditions.

Asetulla has a degree from the Institute of Chemical Engineering and the National Technical University of Kazakhstan.

Medet Kairoshov

Medet Kairoshov

Engineer

Medet is responsible for the tagging of seals for monitoring purposes and releasing seals back into the wild after treatment and rehabilitation at the Center.

He oversees safety and logistics of unhealthy seals to the centre securely, preventing further harm.

Medet has a degree from the West Kazakhstan Agrarian Technical University.

Nurlan Akynbaev

Nurlan Akynbaev

Lead Researcher

Nurlan is a process engineer and specialist in the chemical technology of organic substances. He specialises in in liquid and gas chromatography and is responsible for the chemical analysis of seal samples.

Nurlan has a degree from the Institute of Geology of Oil from the National Technical University of Kazakhstan.

Erkin Sembaev

ERKIN SEMBAEV

Lead Researcher

Erkin is a process engineer and specialist in the chemical technology of organic substances. He specialises in spectrometry and chromatography and is responsible for the chemical analysis of seal samples.

Erkin has a degree from the Institute of Geology of Oil from the National Technical University of Kazakhstan.

Aigerim Sarsenbekova-resized

Aigerim Sarsenbekova

Researcher

Aigerim is a researcher in the Center’s laboratory. She specialises in the chemical technology of organic substances.

She has a Master’s from the Institute of Geology of Oil from the National Technical University of Kazakhstan.