Viktor Shepelev, D.Sc., Prof.

Principal Research Scientist
Laboratory of Permafrost Groundwater and Geochemistry

Editor-in-Chief, Наука и техника в Якутии [Science and Technology in Yakutia]

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  • D.Sc. (Geology & Mineralogy), Institute of the Earth Crust SB RAS, 1994. Dissertation: General Patterns of the Formation, Distribution and Regime of Suprapermafrost Water in the Cryolithosphere
  • Ph.D. (Geology & Mineralogy), Leningrad Mining Institute, 1973. Dissertation: Formation and Regime of Icings in Eastern Yakutia
  • M.S. (Engineering Hydrogeology), Novocherkassk Polytechnic Institute, 1965

Research Interests

  • Geocryology
  • Permafrost hydrogeology and environmental geoscience
  • Frost-related processes and features

Current and Recent Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: Groundwater in Permafrost: Origins, Regime, Interactions with Surface Water and Permafrost, and Resource Development (Project Director)
  • RFBR Grant 20-05-00670, 2020-2022: Suprapermafrost subaerial taliks in continuous permafrost, Central Yakutia (Project Director)
  • Contract Project, LenAeroProect AO, 2020: Geotechnical and Permafrost Investigations for the Yakutsk Airport Runway-2 Reconstruction Project (Participant)
  • Contract Project, Trust Fund of Future Generations in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), 2020-2021: Assessing Alternative Sources for Community Water Supply in the Vilyuy River Basin (Principal 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 (Project Co-Director). Block 2. Understanding the Interaction between Surface and Ground Water in the Formation and Dynamics of Permafrost Landscapes (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 17-05-00926, 2017–2019: Water-bearing Taliks in Continuous Permafrost under Changing Climate, Central Yakutia: Distribution, Hydrogeological Regime and Contribution to Streamflow Generation (Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 18-45-140065, 2018-2019: Evaluation of Groundwater Discharge to the Lena River Using Tritium and Hydrological Modeling (Principal Investigator)

Field Work

Dr. Shepelev participated in a large number of interdisciplinary regional and monitoring programs, involving extensive field work in Khabarovsk Region (1963-1964), north-eastern Yakutia (1966-1969), western Yakutia (1973-1975), southern Yakutia (1975-1977), Magadan Province (1977), and central Yakutia (1977-1996).

Memberships and Committee Activity

  • Board Member, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Academy of Sciences
  • Corresponding Member, Russian Engineering Academy
  • Member, Scientific and Technical Council, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Member, Scientific and Technical Council, Lena Basin Water Management Office, Federal Agency of Water Resources
  • Member, Mayor of Yakutsk Advisory Council on Research and Technology
  • Deputy Chair, Public Ecological Council, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Member, Russian Union of Hydrogeologists
  • Member, SB RAS Yakutian Scientific Centre Presidium
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Council on Earth Sciences, Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Academy of Sciences
  • Deputy Chair, Dissertation Council
  • Member, Scientific Council, Melnikov Permafrost Institute
  • Member, Scientific Council, Institute of Oil and Gas Problems SB RAS
  • Editorial Board Member, Prirodnye Resursy Arktiki i Subarktiki Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, Engineering of Heilongjiang University
  • Expert Panel Member, Russian Geographical Society, Yakutian Branch
  • Member, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Elders Council

Teaching and Supervision Activities

Dr. Shepelev was an Associate Professor (1978-1983), Head of Department (1983-1991) and Professor (1991-2006) in the Department of Geocryology at the Yakutsk State University (now the North-Eastern Federal University). From 2006 to present, he has served as a M.S. research advisor and an examination committee member in the NEFU Department of Exploration Geology. He also supervises Ph.D. students.

Honours and Awards

  • Honorary Diploma, Yakutsk City Council, 2019
  • Letter of Commendation, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Head and Government, 2015
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) State Award in Research and Technology, 2014
  • Letter of Commendation, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) President, 2014
  • Honorary Diploma, Znanie Society President, 2014
  • Diploma, Terra Vita International Environmental Movement, 2014
  • Honorary Diploma, SB RAS Yakutian Research Centre’s Presidium, 2012, 2014
  • Honorary Diploma, Russian Geographical Society, 2013
  • Badge of Merit, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Ministry of Environmental Protection, 2012
  • Honorary Diploma, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Committee on Innovation Policy and Science, 2012
  • Badge of Merit, Znanie Society’s Yakutia Department, 2012
  • Letter of Commendation, Ministry of Professional Education, 2012
  • Honorary Diploma, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Department of Water Management, 2012
  • “For Contribution to Science Advancement” Silver Medal, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Academy of Sciences, 2010
  • N.V. Chersky Medal, 2009
  • Honoured Scholar of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), 2001
  • Award of Excellence in Geography, Russian Geographical Society, 2000