July 20, 2016
A Doctor Degree Dissertation by Leonid Neradovskii Approved for Defense
The Dissertation Council at MPI has accepted for defense a dissertation submitted by Leonid Neradovskii, Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Permafrost Engineering, for the Doctor of Science degree in specialty 25.00.08 – engineering geology, geocryology and geotechnical engineering. The dissertation titled “Methodological Bases for Electromagnetic Sounding of Frozen Ground within the Layer of Annual Temperature Variations” was evaluated positively by a commission consisting of Drs. R.V. Zhang, G.P. Kuzmin and A.V. Omelyanenko. The Council approved Dr. Y.B. Bashkuev, Institute of Physical Material Science (Ulan-Ude), Dr. V.I. Dzhurik, Institute of Earth Crust (Irkutsk) and Dr. A.V. Brouchkov, Moscow State University, as official opponents. The public defense of the dissertation is scheduled on 23 November 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The full text of the dissertation, as well as other related documents (in Russian) can be found here. Photo below: Leonid Neradovskii (right) and Alexander Fedorov during a field survey on a Lena River island.
10 June 2016
Laboratory of General Geocryology Seminar on Suntar-Khayata Glaciers
Research seminars are held regularly at MPI to offer the Institute members and visitors the opportunity to present their current research. On 9 June, the Laboratory of General Geocryology hosted an open seminar, where Vasily Lytkin, a junior research scientist at this Laboratory, made a report titled “Glaciers and Rock Glaciers in the Suntar-Khayata Range: Structure, Age, and Late Holocene Dynamics”. Since this research was for a PhD dissertation, the lecturer received many questions and comments from his senior colleagues. The research advisor, Dr. Alexey Galanin, noted that Vasily had performed a large amount of work to interpret satellite images and had come up with some interesting new findings on rock glaciers. Glaciological and permafrost studies in the Suntar-Khayata Range were first conducted during the International Geophysical Year 1957/58. Starting from 2012, MPI has continued research in these mountains to study climate change effects on glaciers, permafrost and surrounding landscapes. For more photographs of the Suntar-Khayata glaciers, view the gallery here.
31 March 2016
Melnikov Prize Awarded to Nick Torgovkin
Nick Torgovkin, a junior research scientist at MPI Laboratory of Groundwater and Geochemistry, has been awarded the P.I. Melnikov Prize for his research project, “Geoenvironmental characteristics of precipitation and soils in urban areas on permafrost: a case study of Yakutsk” (supervisor: Dr., Prof. Vladimir Makarov). The P.I. Melnikov Prize was established in 2007 by the MPI administration to encourage and stimulate young scientists of the Permafrost Institute and to motivate students of the North-Eastern Federal University to pursue careers in permafrost science. This monetary award is presented annually to the best research projects conducted by junior researchers, post-graduate students and undergraduates. Torgovkin received this year’s prize of R 50,000 in a stiff competition among twelve young researchers, with only few points ahead of his nearest rivals Lyudmila Lebedeva ("Assessing water input into the Kolyma HPS reservoir in the changing climate") and Ivan Vakhrin ("Effect of cryogenic structure and ice content on properties of thawing soils").