Julia Lajus is an Associate Professor of History in the St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. She is a Head of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History and Academic Director of International Master Programme in Applied and Interdisciplinary History “Usable Pasts”. Dr. Lajus’s research interests include the environmental and technological history of biological resources, especially in marine and polar areas and history of field sciences such as fisheries science, oceanography and geophysics. Julia Lajus has published four books in Russian (coauthored and edited) and about twenty chapters in monographs published by leading international publishers, as well as papers in international journals. Dr. Lajus has considerable experience collaborating in international projects such as “History of Marine Animal Populations” with Poul Holm as a project leader, ESF EUROCORES “Boreas: Histories from the North” with Ronald Doel, “Assessing Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources and Governance” with Sverker Sorlin and “Exploring Russia’s Environmental History”, with David Moon, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. In 2011-2015 Dr. Lajus served as vice-president of the European Society of Environmental History (ESEH).