Vera Samsonova, Ph.D.

Leading Research Scientist
Laboratory of Permafrost Landscapes

РИНЦ Author ID: 429112 (
Scopus ID: 57207792222
Web of Science ResearcherID: AAC-4180-2022

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  • M.S. (Geography), Yakutsk State University, 1980
  • Ph.D. (Geography), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 1999. Dissertation: Mapping Permafrost in the Forest-Covered Areas of Yakutia with Remote Sensing Data

Research Interests

  • Permafrost terrain mapping
  • Remote sensing
  • Engineering geology
  • Permafrost microbiology
  • Permafrost and climate-related hazard assessment for linear infrastructure
  • Geotechnical monitoring

Current Projects

  • Principal 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
  • Co-Investigator, 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 – Block 1. Assessing the Current State of Permafrost Landscapes in East Siberia in the Context of Late Pleistocene and Holocene Evolution

Field Work (Recent)

  • 2018-2020 – field investigations along the Power of Siberia pipeline corridor

Teaching and Supervision Activities

  • 2017, Russian Geographical Society: Lena River Floating University, Yakutsk–Tiksi (Lecturer)
  • Associate Professor, Tyumen State Oil and Gas University
  • Tomsk State University (field courses)

Honours and Awards

  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Il Tyumen Speaker’s Commendation, 2018
  • Russian Geographical Society Honorary Diploma, 2013
  • Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch Honorary Diploma, 2001, 2018