Saint-Petersburg State University
Faculty of Biology

Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Rus | Eng

Olga Kotenko

ResearchGate: Olga Kotenko

Current position:

Lecturer at the Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, St.-Petersburg State University.

Scientific interests:

Comparative embryology and development of marine invertebrates; larval morphology; evolution of development and origin of novel body plans, evolution and systematics of bryozoans; invertebrates of the White Sea.

Current research:

Early development, larval structure and metamorphosis and their evolution within Gymnolaemata (Bryozoa).

Opportunities for Students: If you are an undergraduate student interested in doing a research project at the Department of Invertebrate Zoology I am looking for more hands to help with early bryozoan development and metamorphosis. If it sounds interesting enough to you, please get in touch with me by email.

Current lecture courses

Projects participation:


  1. Shevchenko, E. T., Varfolomeeva, M. A., Nekliudova, U. A., Kotenko, O. N., Usov, N. V., Granovitch, A. I., & Ostrovsky, A. N. (2020). Electra vs Callopora: life histories of two bryozoans with contrasting reproductive strategies in the White Sea. Invertebrate Reproduction & Development, 64(2), 137-157.
  2. Kvach, A. Y., Varfolomeeva, M. A., Kotenko, O. N., Kutiumov, V. A., Granovitch, A. I., Ostrovsky, A. N., ... & Grischenko, A. V. (2019). Life history of the ctenostome bryozoan Flustrellidra hispida in the White Sea. Invertebrate Zoology, 16(4), 343-360.
  3. Nekliudova, U. A., Schwaha, T. F., Kotenko, O. N., Gruber, D., Cyran, N., & Ostrovsky, A. N. (2019). Sexual reproduction of the placental brooder Celleporella hyalina (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata) in the White Sea. Journal of morphology, 280(2), 278-299.
  4. Karagodina, N. P., Vishnyakov, A. E., Kotenko, O. N., Maltseva, A. L., & Ostrovsky, A. N. (2018). Ultrastructural evidence for nutritional relationships between a marine colonial invertebrate (Bryozoa) and its bacterial symbionts. Symbiosis, Vol. 75, Issue 2, p. 155-164.
  5. , . ., , . ., , . ., , . ., & , . . (2017). . , . 475, No. 2, . 234-237 (In English: Serova, K. M., Vishnyakov, A. E., Zaitseva, O. V., Kotenko, O. N., & Ostrovsky, A. N. (2017, July). Comparative analysis of the nervous system structure of polymorphic zooids in marine bryozoans. Doklady Biological Sciences, Vol. 475, No. 1, pp. 144-147).
  6. Maltseva, A. L., Kotenko, O. N., Kutyumov, V. A., Matvienko, D. A., Shavarda, A. L., Winson, M. K., & Ostrovsky, A. N. (2017). Novel brominated metabolites from Bryozoa: a functional analysis. Natural product research, 31(16), 1840-1848.
  7. . ., . ., . ., . . : // , 2016. T. 58, 1, . 60-66 (In English: Kutyumov V.A., Maltseva A.L., Kotenko O.N., Ostrovsky A.N. (2016) Functional differentiation of a bryozoan colony: a proteomic analysis. Tsitologiia, 58(1), 60-66).
  8. Maltseva A.L., Kotenko O.N., Shabalin K.A., Shavarda A.L., Winson M.K., Ostrovsky A.N. Novel brominated fungicidal alkaloid isolated from the marine bryozoan Chartella membranaceatruncata (Smitt, 1868) // Studi trentini di scienze naturali, 2014. Vol. 94, P. 163-168
  9. Maltseva Arina L., Olga N. Kotenko, Vladimir N. Kokryakov, Viktor V. Starunov, Anna D. Krasnodembskaya Expression pattern of arenicins - the antimicrobial peptides of polychaete Arenicola marina // Frontiers in Physiology, 2014. Vol. 5, P. 497 (1-11)

Recent abstracts:

  1. Kotenko O.N., Nekliudova U.A., Vichnyakov A.E., Ostrovsky A.N. (2019) First evidence of the association of symbiotic bacteria with cyclostome bryozoans?, 18th Conference of the International Bryozoology Association, 6-22 June, 2019, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic., p. 42.
  2. Kotenko, O., & Ostrovsky, A. (2018). Transitional larval type of Alcyonidium hirsutum (Bryozoa, Gymnolaemata): from Van Beneden to the era of modern methods. p. 22-22.

Research-related hobbies: scuba diving.

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