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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

Education and Degrees

  • M.S. (Geography), Yakutsk State University, 1980
  • 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
  • D.Sc. (Geology and Mineralogy), Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 2002. Dissertation: Geotemperature Field and Permafrost in the South-Eastern Part of the Siberian Platform

Research Interests

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

Current Projects

SB RAS Basic Research Project, 2021-2025: The Thermal Field and Permafrost in Northeastern Russia: Controls and Dynamics (Project Director)

Selected Past Projects

  • 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 (Project Co-Director)
  • 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
  • RFBR Project 13-05-00875 A. Transformation of the Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost in Structures of the Aldan-Stanovoy Shield
  • Geothermal Study of Permafrost in the Kystyktakh Area and Development of a Geocryological Database. Contract Project
  • Geothermal Database of the Yenisey-Khatanga Trough. Contract Project
  • RAS Department of Earth Sciences Program No. ONZ-11.7, 2009-2012. Geotemperature Field and Permafrost Dynamics in Northern Eurasia. Evaluation of Current Rates of Permafrost Dynamics in the Continental and Shelf Areas of Northern Eurasia. Part 1. The Geotemperature Field and Assessment of Current Cryogenic Processes in the North Eurasian Permafrost Region
  • Core Project VII.63.2.3, 2009-2012. Geothermophysical and Geochemical Fields in North Asian Permafrost: Dynamics and Prediction of Future Changes
  • RAS Department of Earth Sciences Program No. ONZ-7. Physical Fields and Inner Structure of the Earth. Project 2. Permafrost and Geothermal Atlas of Siberia and Far East
  • RFBR Grant 06-05-096126-p_vostok, 2009-2011. Subsurface Temperature Field and Permafrost in the Tungusska Syneclise
  • Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Grant, Project 1.1.20, 2009-2011. Geocryological Database and the Dynamics of Hydrogeological and Geocryological Conditions due to Climate Change and Human Activities in Coal-Bearing Areas, Southern Yakutia
  • RAS Presidium Grant, Project 16.4, 2009-2010. Environmental and Climate Changes: Natural Disasters
  • INTAS Project 06-100025-9220, 2006-2008. Assessment of the Feasibility of CO2 Storage in the Russian Permafrost

Field Work

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

Committee Memberships

  • 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, current - A. Kirillin, R. Sysolyatin

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 – Honored Scholar of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • 2015 – Yakutia Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Badge of Merit
  • 2013 – North-Eastern Federal University Silver Decoration “For Achievements in Teaching”
  • 2011 – Meritorious Worker in Science and Technology of the RSFSR Honorary Title
  • 2007 – Silver Sigma Award
  • 2007 – RAS Trade Union Honorary Diploma
  • 2007 – RAS Honorary Diploma
  • 2006 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Presidential Award
  • 2005 – Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Government Award “For Contribution to Science Advancement”