Global Institute for Water Security

Degree Pursuing

  • Ph.D.

Thesis Description

My current PhD in Environment and Sustainability focuses on the potential impacts of natural and human activities (through changes in wetlandscapes features and climate change in the Lake Winnipeg watershed) on the apparent increase in phytoplankton blooms in Lake Winnipeg. I will use remote sensing to characterize more than 30 years of changes in phytoplankton (chlorophyll a) biomass data that have been calibrated with ground-based lake phytoplankton pigments data. I will also use remote sensing to identify and map wetlands and surface connectivity in the Lake Winnipeg watershed for more than three decades and to extract different wetlandscapes metrics from these data.

Research Keywords and Interests

  • Freshwater and Marine Ecosystem Classification
  • Freshwater and Marine Ecology
  • Coastal Regions and Lakes Health
  • Wetlandscapes
  • Climate Change
  • Phytoplankton Blooms
  • Remote Sensing of Aquatic Environments


  • Fendereski, F. and Vogt, M. Drivers of spatial and temporal variability of phytoplankton phenology in the Caspian Sea. In prep.

    Fendereski, F. Caspian Sea ice penology under changing temperature. In prep.

    Fendereski, F. and Salmanmahini, A. Marine ecosystem classification: its concepts and applications, Journal of Environment and Development, under review.

    Fendereski, F. 2018. The First Attempt to Validate GlobColour Chlorophyll-a on the Continental Shelf of the Southern Caspian Sea, NANO Newsletter, 15: 28–31.

    Fendereski, F. 2018. Sea ice phenology in the Caspian Sea, NANO Newsletter, 14: 20-22.

    Fendereski, F. 2017. Spatiotemporal variability of phytoplankton bloom phenology in the Caspian Sea. 2017, NANO Newsletter, 13: 17-18.

    Fendereski[1], F., Vogt, M., Payne, M., Lachkar, Z., Gruber, N., Salmanmahini, A., and Hosseini, S. A. 2014. Biogeographic classification of the Caspian Sea, Biogeosciences, 11: 6451-6470.

    Salmanmahini, A., Fendereski, F., Hosseini, S. A., and Fazli, H. 2013. A MODIS-based Estimation of Chlorophyll a Concentration Using ANN Model and In-situ Measurements in the Southern Caspian Sea, Indian journal of Geo-Marine Science, 42(7): 924-928.

    Imanpour, M. R. Kordjazi, M., and Fendereski, F. 2011. Seminal Pelasma and Coelomic Fluid Compositions in Persian Sturgeon (Acipenser persicus Borodin 1897), Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 27(2): 706-708.

    Imanpour, M. R., Kordjazi, M., and Fendereski, F. 2009. The Correlation between Some Biochemical and Spermatological Parameters in Persian Sturgeon (Acipenser persicus Borodin 1897), Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 16(2): 82-90.

    Imanpour, M. R., Fendereski, F., and Kordjazi, M. 2009. The Relationship between Fish Size and Sperm Volume, Hematocrit Index, Gonadal Characteristics and Spermatological Parameters in Rutilus rutilus caspicus, Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 16(3): 60-66.


    [1] The ecoregion map of the Caspian Sea I developed in my PhD and the new approach we developed at ETH Zurich for marine ecosystem classification are being used in different studies (