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Dmitry Sveshnikov


Dmitry Sveshnikov, M.Sc. (Moscow), Ph.D. (Kiel)

Associate Professor – Environmental Science

Phone: (709) 639-6528


Office:  AS213


My scientific background is in plant physiology and molecular biology. I specialize in environmental stress in plants and photosynthetic microorganisms, and mainly work within boreal ecosystems. Within our Environmental Science program, I teach courses in general biology, environmental science, and plant biology, and supervise undergraduate and graduate research student projects in plant and microbial ecophysiology. I am currently also the curator of Grenfell Campus herbarium, a research collection of over 10,000 vascular plants, lichens and fungi from the island of Newfoundland.

Research interests and expertise

Mechanisms of acclimation that underlie the responses of vegetation to environmental changes and result in the observed ecological effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on plant species and communities.​

Current research projects and grants

  • Environmental stress responses of boreal conifers along latitudinal and elevation gradients.
  • Symbiotic relationships of eastern white pine at its northern distribution limit.
  • Distribution and survival of cyanolichens in boreal ecosystems.


  1. Lake NF, Valdez V, Arsenault A, Sveshnikov D. (2018) Growth and morphological development of eastern white pine along an elevation gradient in western Newfoundland. Science Atlantic Conference, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB
  2. Valdez V, Skinner R, LeBlanc R, Baines P, Arsenault A, Sveshnikov D. (2016). Regeneration constraints for eastern white pine in western Newfoundland. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, 11th annual conference, St. John's, Canada
  3. Li X-Q, Sveshnikov D, Zebarth BJ, Tai H, De Koeyer D, Millard P, Haroon M, Singh M (2009) Detection of nitrogen sufficiency in potato plants using gene expression markers. American Journal of Potato Research 87:50-59
  4. Sveshnikov D, Funk C, Schröder W (2007) The PsbP-like protein (sll1418) of cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 stabilises the donor side of Photosystem II. Photosynthesis Research 93:101–109
  5. Sveshnikov D, Ensminger I, Ivanov A, Campbell DA, Lloyd J, Funk C, Huner NPA, Öquist G (2006) Excitation energy partitioning and quenching during cold acclimation in Scots pine. Tree Physiology 26(3):325-336
  6. Hörmann F, Küchler M, Sveshnikov D, Oppermann U, Li Y, Soll J. (2004) Tic32, an essential component in chloroplast biogenesis. Journal of Biological Chemistry 279(33):34756-62
  7. Sveshnikov DA, Sveshnikova NV, Rao KK, Hall DO (1997). Hydrogen metabolism of mutant forms of Anabaena variabilis in continuous cultures and under nutritional stress. FEMS Microbiology Letters 147:297-301 

Chair, Environmental Science

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Phone: (709) 637-6246