Linas Svolkinas


 Leeds/York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD research student

Project Supervisors: Dr George Holmes and Dr Simon Goodman


Ermolin, I., & Svolkinas, L. (2018). Assessment of the sturgeon catches and seal bycatches in an IUU fishery in the Caspian Sea. Marine Policy, 87(September 2017), 284–290.

Ermolin, I., & Svolkinas, L., (2016) Who owns sturgeon in the Caspian? New theoretical model of social responses towards state conservation policy. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(14), 2929-2945.

Research interests

  • Understanding human-seal interactions in the Caspian Sea
  •  Estimation of by-catch rate per unit effort (qualitative and quantitative approaches)
  • Natural resource user and international stakeholder views on seal conservation management
  • Quantification of by-catch
  • Mapping of small boat fishing effort
  • Cumulative Impact Assessment
  • Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT)


  • Independent Researcher (2012-2016)
  • MA in Social Anthropology from University of Copenhage
  • BA in Anthropology (University of Copenhagen)
  • BA in History (Vilnius University)