Alexander Fedorov, D.Sc.

MPI Deputy Director for Science
Leading Research Scientist, Laboratory of Permafrost Landscapes

РИНЦ Author ID: 61293 (https://www.elibrary.ru/author_profile.asp?authorid=61293)
ORCID: 0000-0002-4016-2149
Web of Science ResearcherID: K-2478-2016
Scopus ID: 22957332600

Tel.: +7-4112-334856
Email: anfedorov@mpi.ysn.ru

Education and Degrees

  • M.S. (Physical Geography), Voronezh State University, 1979
  • Ph.D. (Geography), Permafrost Institute, 1990. Dissertation: Permafrost Landscapes of Yakutia: Classification and Mapping
  • D.Sc. (Geography), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 2020. Dissertation: Evolution and Dynamics of Permafrost Landscapes in Yakutia

Research Interests

  • Permafrost landscapes: classification and mapping
  • Permafrost landscapes: stability / sensitivity to anthropogenic disturbances and climate change

Current Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: Geocryological Processes and Hazards in Permafrost Landscapes of Eastern Siberia (Project Director)
  • Collaborator, Joint Research Program between the Melnikov Permafrost Institute and UMR8148 GEOPS/CNRS Laboratory “GEOSCIENCES PARIS SUD”, Orsay University, France, 2018-2022: High Spatial and Temporal Resolution Study of the Permafrost Degradation and Carbon Release In Central Siberia

Selected Past Projects

  • Project Co-Director, SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.127.2.3, 2017-2020: Integrated Studies to Understand the Dynamics of Natural and Human-Affected Landscapes in the East Siberian Permafrost Region
  • Project Director, RFBR Project 18-45-140046, 2018-2020: Development of GIS Models of Permafrost-Landscape Evolution in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • Co-Investigator: Contract Project, Larionov Institute of Physical and-Technical Problems of the North, Yakutsk, 2018-2020: Investigation of Permafrost Changes and Assessment of Related Hazards on Linear Infrastructure in the Power of Siberia Pipeline Corridor in a Changing Climate (Principal Investigator: Vera Samsonova)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, SECOND YAKUTIA EXPEDITION Project (MPI), 2017: Comprehensive Investigation and Mapping of the State of Permafrost in Yakutia for Elaborating Scientific Guidelines and Technologies for Socio-Economic Development
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Melnikov Permafrost Institute and JAMSTEC Department of Environmental Geochemical Cycle Research Joint Project, 2014-2017: Observational Study of Permafrost, Vegetation, Energy and Water in Eastern Siberia Towards Elucidation of the Impact of Climate Change in the Geochemical Cycle
  • Project Director, SB RAS Basic Research Project VIII.69.2.3, 2013-2016. Multidisciplinary Research on Late Pleistocene and Holocene Evolution of Permafrost Landscapes in East Siberia
  • SB RAS Project VII.63.2.5. Geocryological Hazards in the Russian North-East: Landscape and Hydrogeological Relationships, 2010-2012
  • Collaborative project with the Research Institute for Global Change (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology). Land Surface Observation of Heat/Water/Vegetation Conditions in Yakutia, 1996-2014
  • Collaborative project with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan: Study of forest disturbance and permafrost dynamics in modern climate conditions, 2010-2014
  • Collaborative project with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan: Water balance of thermokarst lakes at modern climate changes, 2010-2014
  • RAS Department of Earth Sciences Project 13.3. Marine Effects on Cryogenic Geosystems and Ecosystems along the Lower Reaches of the Major Arctic Rivers. Landscapes of the Middle Lena Valley under Current Permafrost Conditions. Climate Change Effects on the Hydrological Regime of Valley Rivers in the East Siberian Arctic, 2009-2011
  • Collaborative project with UMR 8148 IDES CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, France: Evolution of permafrost landscape on the floodplain of the Lena River near Yakutsk, 2008-2011
  • SB RAS Project Study of the Current State and Trends in Permafrost Landscape Dynamics Due to Changes in Climate, Hydrogeology and Anthropogenic Activity, 2007-2009
  • Collaborative project with the Hokkaido University, RFBR-JSPS Grant 06-05-91563 YF_a: Study on Effect of Large-scale Forest Fires in Boreal Forest on the Carbon Cycle, 2006-2008
  • SB RAS Project 25.1.5. Formation Processes of Permafrost Landscapes and Their Evolution under Anthropogenic Impact and Climate Change, 2004-2006
  • Collaborative project with the Hokkaido University, Japan: Environmental Change and Its Effects on the Global Warming in Siberian Permafrost Region, 1999-2006

Field Work

  • 2014–present, monitoring studies at Neleger, Spasskaya Pad, Yukechi, Kerdyugen, Umaibyt, Syrdakh, Churapcha, Tabaga and Tiksi sites (permafrost and active-layer hydrothermal regimes, thermokarst, surface disturbance)
  • 2012–2014, Landscape investigations, Mus-Khaya Mount, Suntar-Khayata Range
  • 1996–2012, Monitoring of landscape dynamics at Neleger and Spasskaya Pad sites, Central Yakutia 
  • 1992–2012, Thermokarst monitoring studies at the Yukechi research site, 45 km east of Yakutsk 
  • 1990–1991, Permafrost and landscape studies for the proposed Churkuok Power Scheme on the Vilyui River
  • 1989, Permafrost and landscape investigations at the Kerdyugen research site near Yakutsk 
  • 1985, Permafrost and landscape investigations for permafrost landscape mapping of Yakutia at a scale of 1:2,500,000 (Anabar, Bulun, Lower Kolyma, Middle Kolyma, Verkhoyansk, Zhigansk, Kobyai, Vilyuisk, Verkhnevilyuisk, Nyurba, Suntar, Aldan, Neryungri Districts) 
  • 1984, Permafrost and landscape investigations in the lower Markha River area 
  • 1982, Permafrost and terrain studies along the proposed Tommot to Yakutsk railway route 
  • 1981–1982, Landscape mapping, Umaibyt site, Central Yakutia 
  • 1980, Landscape mapping in the Amga valley

Memberships and Committee Activity

  • Member, Russian Geographical Society
  • Member, Dissertation Council
  • Member, MPI Scientific Council

External Professional Activities (recent)

  • Peer reviewer, Yakutia Office of the Russian Geographical Society Grant Program, 2015–present
  • External evaluation report on the Terpei-Tumus Protected Natural Area project submitted to the Sakha (Yakutia) Ministry of Environmental Protection, 2017
  • MPI Team member, External evaluation report on the proposed petrochemical plant in Yakutia, 2016
  • Working Group member and author of the Sakha (Yakutia) draft bill on protection of permafrost, 2016

Teaching and Supervision Activities

  • 2014–present, Leading Research Scientist, BEST (Biogeoscience Educational and Scientific Training) International Center, North-Eastern Federal University
  • 1985–2007, Lecturer and member of examination and graduate student committees, Yakutsk State University
  • Ph.D. student supervision: 6 completed (A. Gorokhov, V. Samsonova, A. Svinoboev, Y. Torgovkin, A. Shestakova, S. Kalinincheva), 2 current (N. Basharin and V. Novopriezzhaya)

Visiting Professorships

  • 2016 – Paris-Sud University-11, France
  • 2012-2013 – Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2008 – Paris-Sud University-11, France
  • 2006-2007 – Hokkaido University, Japan

Honours and Awards

  • 2020 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Ministry of Education and Science Commendation
  • 2016 – Chair of the Il Tumen State Assembly Letter of Appreciation
  • 2016 – Chair of the RAS Yakutia Scientific Centre Letter of Appreciation
  • 2007 – Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences Commendation
  • 2005 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Parliament Commendation
  • 2005 – Russian Geographical Society Commendation