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Mikhail Zhelezniak, D.Sc.

Director, MPI
Principal Research Scientist, Laboratory of Permafrost Geothermics

РИНЦ Author ID: 70158
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4124-6579
Web of Science ResearcherID: J-2544-2018
Scopus ID: 56239227600

Tel.: +7-4112-390801, 334034
Email: femnzhel@mpi.ysn.ru


  • D.Sc. (Geology and Mineralogy), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 2002. Dissertation: Geotemperature Field and Permafrost in the South-Eastern Part of the Siberian Platform
  • Ph.D. (Geology and Mineralogy), Moscow State University, 1994. Dissertation: Geothermal Conditions for the Formation and Existence of Permafrost in the Western Part of the Aldan Uplift
  • M.S. (Geography), Yakutsk State University, 1980

Research Interests

  • Geothermics
  • Subsurface temperature distributions in permafrost areas
  • Geothermal monitoring
  • Regional permafrost studies

Current and Recent Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: The Thermal Field and Permafrost in Northeastern Russia: Controls and Dynamics (Project Director)
  • Contract Project, LenAeroProect AO, 2020: Thermal Analysis of an Insulating Embankment for the Runway Reconstruction Project at Magan Airport, Yakutia (Principal Investigator)
  • Contract Project, Institut Giprostroymost St Petersburg AO, 2020: Permafrost Characterization for the Lena River Toll Bridge Project Site Investigation (Principal Investigator)
  • Contract Project, NordTransStroy OOO, 2020: Assessing the Feasibility of Embankment Construction during Summer and Fall for the Olekminsk Airport Reconstruction Project (Principal Investigator)
  • SB RAS Program IX.135.2, 2017-2020: Cryogenic, Geological and Physico-Chemical Processes and Their Contribution to the Formation and Evolution of Natural and Anthropogenic Cryospheric Systems (Program Coordinator)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.135.2.1, 2017-2020: Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost Transformation in Northern Asia and Central Asian Mountains (Project Director)
  • SB RAS Interdisciplinary Integrated Project II.1, 2018-2020: Reconstructing the Late Pleistocene and Holocene Permafrost and Subsurface Temperature in the Vilyui Basin (Project Director)
  • RFBR-NSFC Joint Project, 2018-2019. A Comparative Study of the Influence of Convection Flows of Water and Air on State of Permafrost in the Aldan-Stanovoy Upland and the Tibetan Plateau (Principal Investigator)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project VIII. 77.2.3, 2013-2016. Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost Evolution in Northern Asia. Block 1. Understanding the Development of Subsurface Temperature Fields and Permafrost in Major Tectonic Structures of the Siberian Platform (Project Director)
  • RFBR Project 13-05-00875 A. Transformation of the Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost in Structures of the Aldan-Stanovoy Shield (Principal Investigator)

Field Work

  • Current field work includes permafrost investigations and monitoring in the Altai, Verkhoyansk, Kodar-Udokan and Ile-Alatau mountains.

Committee Activity

  • Chair, Scientific Council, Melnikov Permafrost Institute
  • Chair, Dissertation Council D.003.025.01 (qualification standard 25.00.08 – engineering geology, geocryology and geotechnical engineering

External Professional Activities

  • Full Member, Sakha (Yakutia) Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Council on Earth Sciences, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Council on Earth Sciences, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Presidential Advisory Council on Research and Technology Policy
  • Member, SB RAS Yakutian Scientific Center Presidium
  • Chair, Public Council, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Committee on Innovation Policy and Science
  • Editorial Board Member, Kriosfera Zemli / Earth Cryosphere Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions
  • Editorial Board Member, Природные ресурсы Арктики и Субарктики (Arctic and Subarctic Natural Resources)
  • Expert Panel Member, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)

Teaching and Supervision Activities

  • Professor, Department of Permafrost Science, North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk)
  • Chair, State Attestation Committee for Graduate Degrees, North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk) and Tyumen State Oil and Gas University (Tyumen)
  • Member, State Examination Committee for Graduate Degrees, North-Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk) and Tyumen State Oil and Gas University (Tyumen)
  • PhD student supervision: recently completed – V. Semenov, A. Zhirkov, A. Kirillin; current – R. Sysolyatin

Honours and Awards

  • 2016 – Merited Scientist of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Honorary Title
  • 2015 – Yakutia Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Badge of Merit
  • 2013 – North-Eastern Federal University Letter of Appreciation and Silver Pin for Achievements in Teaching
  • 2011 – Honoured Worker in Science and Technology of the Russian Federation Honorary Title
  • 2007 – Silver Sigma Award
  • 2007 – Russian Academy of Sciences Commendation
  • 2007 – Trade Union of the Russian Academy of Sciences Commendation
  • 2006 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Presidential Commendation
  • 2005 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Government Award for Contribution to Science Advancement