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Mikhail Zhelezniak, D.Sc.

Director, MPI

Principal Research Scientist, Laboratory of Permafrost Geothermics



Tel.: (4112) 390-801, 334-034

Email: femnzhel@mpi.ysn.ru



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Educational Background
  • 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


  • Chair, Scientific Council, Melnikov Permafrost Institute
  • Chair, Dissertation Council D.003.025.01 (qualification standard 25.00.08 – engineering geology, geocryology and geotechnical engineering
  • 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 Journal
  • Expert Panel Member, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)

Field Work

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

Teaching and Mentoring 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)

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”