Spektor Valentin  

Valentin Spektor, Ph.D.

 Research Scientist, Laboratory of General Geocryology

РИНЦ Author ID
ORCID: 0000-0002-7791-0972
Web of Science ResearcherID: J-9015-2018
Scopus ID: 26533352000

Tel.: 7-4112-390884
Email: vvspektor@mpi.ysn.ru

Education and Degrees

  • M.S. (Philology), Yakutsk State University, 1998
  • M.S. (Geography), Yakutsk State University, 2002
  • Ph.D. (Geography), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 2003. Dissertation: The Origin of Cryolithogenic Complexes in the High Plain of the Lena-Amga Watershed

Research Interests

  • Permafrost
  • Geomorphology
  • Paleoenvironments
  • Quaternary period

Current Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: Structure of Continental Permafrost and Key Stages of Its Evolution during the Neopleistocene and Holocene (Project Co-Director)
  • NSF Project, 2017-2021: Larch Recruitment Failure and Increased Wildfire Severity in the Siberian Arctic, PI: Heather D. Alexander, Mississippi State University (Collaborator)

Selected Past Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.135.2.5, 2017-2020: Structure, Age and Development of Permafrost in the Interior Areas of Central and Northeast Asia (Project Director)
  • RFBR–Russian Geographical Society Project 17-05-41079\18, 2017-2019: 1:2,500,000-Scale Mapping of Upper Permafrost Parameters, Eastern Russian Arctic (Project Director)
  • RFBR_NSFC Project 18-55-53054-GFEN_a, 2018-2019. Formation, Modern State of Pleistocene Cryogenic Deposits in Eastern Asia, and Forecast of Their Dynamics in Relation to the Ongoing Climatic Variations (Project Co-Director)
  • RFBR Project 18-05-00990/18, 2018-2020: Wildfire-Induced Changes in Near-Surface Permafrost Temperatures (Project Director)
  • Principal Investigator, Block 2. Permafrost Records of Late Cenozoic Glacial Events in the Valleys of Northeast Asia. SB RAS Basic Research Project VIII.77.2.2, 2013-2016. Mountain Glaciations and Permafrost in Continental Areas of Central and Northeastern Asia. Response of Glacial and Periglacial Formations to Recent Changes in Climate (Project Director: A.A. Galanin, D.Sc.)
  • Co-Investigator, RFBR Project 13-05-00267, 2013-2015. The Formation, Current State, and Predicted Changes of the Laptev Sea Offshore Permafrost (Project Director: S.O. Razumov)
  • Co-Investigator, RFBR Project 13-05-12037, 2013-2015. Distribution and Evolution of Subsea Permafrost in the Russia’s Eastern Arctic: Temperature Regime, Degradation Rates, Gas Seeps, and Modeling Based on Drilling and Geophysical Data (Project Director: M.N. Grigoriev)
  • Co-Investigator, RFBR-Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Grant 12-05-98501-р_восток_а, 2012-2014. Engineering-Geocryological Mapping of North-Eastern Russia at a Scale of 1:2,500,000 (Project Director: R.V. Zhang)
  • Co-Investigator, Sub-project. Coevolution of Permafrost, Paleoclimate and Eustatic Sea-Level Changes in Northern Asia During the Pleistocene and Holocene Inferred from Type Localities (Project Director: V.B. Spektor, D.Sc.), 2012-2014. SB RAS – FEB RAS Partner Integration Project 9. Comparison of Environment Evolution between Siberia and Far East for Main Time Slices in the Late Cenozoic
  • Scientist, 2007-2014, The Polaris Project (Project Director: R. Max Holmes, Woods Hole Research Center, USA)
  • Co-Investigator, Public Contract No. 1135 of 17 June 2011 with the Government of Sakha/Yakutia. Engineering Geology Mapping of the Republic of Sakha/Yakutia at a Scale of 1:1,500,000, 2011-2013


  • Russian Academy of Sciences expert
  • Member, Russian Geographical Society
  • Member, MPI Scientific Council

Field Work

  • 2014-present – Middle Lena River area (Khangalas, Ust-Aldan and Lower Kolyma Districts, Yakutsk)
  • 2014-present – Lower Kolyma River area
  • 2004 – joint studies with the Central Prospecting Expedition and the Diamond and Precious Metal Geology Institute at the Mamontova Gora exposure on the Aldan River
  • 2004 – joint Russian-German studies in the Lena-Amga watershed (Prokhladnoe Lake, permafrost exposures near Maimaga Village and Muru Lake)
  • 2004 – drilling of Quaternary sediments near Chyappara Village, Lena-Amga Watershed (the Abalakh Terrace), Central Yakutia
  • 2003 – joint Russian-German studies along the Dyanyshka River, Verkhoyansk Mountains
  • 2001 – field studies of permafrost exposures along the Lower Aldan and Middle Lena Rivers
  • 2000 – field studies of permafrost exposures along the Lower Aldan River
  • 2000 – drilling of bottom sediments from the ice surface, Timie Lake, Pre-Lena Plateau
  • 1999 – field studies of permafrost exposures along the Middle Lena River

Teaching and Supervision

  • MPI Graduate Studies Program lecturer (Course: New Research Methods for Permafrost Sediments)
  • supervisor (Varvara Andreeva, PhD student)