Falkland Islands Fisheries Department

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Irina Chemshirova
+500 27260


Background & Qualifications

I completed my undergraduate studies at Imperial College London, reading Biology. During my BSc I was able to do a year-long placement with the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society London. During that year I worked on a project assessing the impact of trawling for the Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) off the west coast of Greenland. Subsequently, I undertook a Masters by Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, also at Imperial College London, which consisted of two 6-month research projects. The first project I worked on quantified the regeneration and deforestation of the Atlantic Forest in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The second project I was involved in looked at how reciprocal subsidies varied with temperature in the geothermal valley of Hengill, Iceland.

Prior to working as an observer, I was a Scientific Copy Editor for various medical journals in London.

Research Interests

As evident from my background I have a wide range of interests and skills. However, I am particularly interested in understanding how successful management of natural resources can promote sustainability, more specifically in the marine environment.


Chemshirova, I., Hoving, H.-J., & Arkhipkin, A. (2021) Temperature effects on size, maturity, and abundance of the squid Illex argentinus (Cephalopoda, Ommastrephidae) on the Patagonian Shelf. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 255: 107343

Yesson, C., Simon, P., Chemshirova, I., Gorham, T., Turner, C.J., Arboe, N.H., Blicher, M.E.,& Kemp, K.M. (2015). Community composition of epibenthic megafauna on the West Greenland Shelf. Polar Biology, 38(12), pp.2085-2096.