Vasilii Lytkin, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
, Laboratory of General Geocryology

Author ID:
ORCID: 0000-0002-3780-6505
Web of Science ResearcherID: D-5918-2019
Scopus ID: 56960330300

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Education and Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Geography), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 2016. Dissertation: Late Holocene Dynamics of Glaciers and Rocks Glaciers in the Suntar-Khayata Range
  • M.S. (Geography), North-Eastern Federal University, Yakutsk, 2011

Research Interests

  • Glaciology
  • Paleoglaciology
  • Cartography
  • Regional cryolithology
  • Glacial geomorphology

Current and Recent Projects

  • Russian Science Foundation Grant 21-17-00054, 2021-2023: Quaternary Aeolian Landforms and Cover Deposits in the Lena River Basin, East Siberia: Structure, Age and Paleoenvironmental Significance (Co-Investigator)
  • Russian Geographical Society Grant 46149, 2021: Tukulans: Fossil Relicts of the Ice-Age Deserts in East Siberia (Co-Investigator)
  • Russian Science Foundation Grant 19-78-10088, 2020-2022: Cryoanthropology: Natural Low Temperatures in Yakutian Rural Livelihoods (Traditional Practices, Current Challenges and Adaptation Strategies) (Co-Investigator)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: Structure of Continental Permafrost and Key Stages of Its Evolution during the Neopleistocene and Holocene (Participant)
  • RFBR Project 18-35-00402, 2018-2020: Structure, Age and Geographical Analysis of Rock Glaciers in the Chersky Range (Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 18-45-140012: 2018-2020: Geomorphological Mapping and Zonation of Late-Quaternary Periglacial and Eolian Landforms in Central Yakutia Using Satellite Imagery and GIS-Technologies (Co-Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 17-05-00954, 2017-2019: Structure, Origin and Composition of Stable Isotopes in Intrapermafrost Taliks of the Late Quaternary Sand Dunes, Central Yakutia (Co-Investigator)
  • 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 – Element 2.2. Rock Glaciers in Eastern Asia (Co-Investigator); Element 4.1.3. Valley Complexes in the Anabar-Olenek Tableland (Participant); Block 2. Structure and Dynamics of Mountain Permafrost in Central and Northeast Asia in the Late Neopleistocene and Holocene (Participant)
  • 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 (Participant)
  • RFBR-RS(Y) Project 15-45-05129_восток_а, 2015-2017. Pleistocene Cryodeserts (Tukulans) in Central Yakutia (Co-Investigator)

Field Work

  • 2020 – Ust-Buotama exposure of periglacial eolian deposits – ground surveys with landform characterization, sample collection for grain-size, mineralogical, pollen, microbiological and radiocarbon analysys, UAV survey of the Lena Tukulan and Saamys Kumaga sand fields
  • 2019 Geomorphological and stratigraphic investigations of periglacial aeolian cover deposits in central Yakutia (Diring Lower Paleolithic site and Vilyu River basin)
  • 2019 description, mapping and sampling of Kharyyalakh exposure in Ust-Aldan; data collection from thermal monitoring sites
  • 2019 2019 Permafrost and terrain investigations in Olekminsk and Amga (drilling, sampling, ground-based and UAV landscape surveys)
  • 2018 Field permafrost and terrain observations along the Khandyga to Dzebariki Khaya Power Transmission Line (drilling and sampling, borehole instrumentation, landscape and yedoma description)
  • 2017 Pechanaya Gora exposure of aeolian and lacustrine deposits (stratigraphic descrition, sediment sampling)
  • 2017 Rock glacier studies in the Kyureter River valley on Mt. Pobeda, Ulakhan-Chistay Range
  • 2017 Makhatta Tukulan dune field, Vilyui River basin (stratigraphic, terrain and hydrologic observations, sampling, mapping, data collection from monitoring sites)
  • 2013-present – Suntar-Khayata Range and Chresky Range (eastern Yakutia), Anabar and Olenek Highs (Arctic Yakutia), Altay Mountains, Trans-Ili Alatau (Tian Shan)
  • 2012 – Eastern Sayan Mountains, Kodar Ridge, and Bol’shaya Kuonamka River (Olenek basin)
  • 2011 – Sarychev Ridge (Verkhoyansk Mountains)
  • 2010 – Chimalginsky Ridge (Verkhoyansk Mountains)
  • 2008 – Lake Baikal and northern Mongolia


  • Lecturer, North-Eastern Federal University, Institute of Natural Sciences. Courses taught: Permafrost Science; Physical Geography of Russia