Alexey Galanin, D.Sc.

Principal Research Scientist, Laboratory of General Geocryology
Head, MPI Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0947-9727
Web of Science ResearcherID: H-4634-2013
Scopus ID: ID: 6602835087

Tel.: 7-4112-390827


  • M.S. (Geological Exploration), Irkutsk State University, 1993
  • Ph.D. (Geography), Pacific Institute of Geography, Vladivostok, 1997. Dissertation: Lichenometric Technique for Studying Modern Geomorphological Processes in Northeast Russia
  • D.Sc. (Geography), Pacific Institute of Geography, Vladivostok, 2009. Dissertation: Rock Glaciers in Northeast Russia: Structure, Origin, and Geographic Analysis

Research Interests

  • Glacial paleoenvironments; Late Pleistocene and Holocene paleoclimates
  • Geomorphological mapping; structure, dynamics and age of periglacial slope processes
  • Planning and geo-environmental assessment of industrial projects
  • Gold prospecting methods in glacial and permafrost terrain


  • Member, MPI Dissertation Council, 2011-present
  • Member, MPI Scientific Council, 2011-present
  • Editorial Board member, Nauka i Tekhnika v Yakutii [Science and Technology in Yakutia], 2013-present
  • Member, Russian Geographical Society
  • RFBR Expert Panel (Paleoenvironmental Science)
  • Member, MPI Graduate Studies Program Attestation Committee
  • Presidium Member, Russian Association of Geomorphologists

Current Projects

  • SB RAS Basic Research Project IX.135.2.5, 2017-2020: Structure, Age and Development of Permafrost in the Interior Areas of Central and Northeast Asia – Element 2.2. Rock Glaciers in Eastern Asia (Principal Investigator) and Block 3. Radiocarbon and Palynological History of Ultra-Continental Permafrost in Northeast Asia (Principal Investigator)
  • SB RAS Interdisciplinary Integrated Project II.1, 2018-2020: Reconstructing the Late Pleistocene and Holocene Permafrost and Subsurface Temperature in the Vilyui Basin – Block 3. Structure and Evolution of Periglacial Eolian Sediments, Permafrost and Landforms in the Vilyui Basin During the Late Neopleostocene and Holocene (Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR Project 17-05-00954, 2017-2019: Structure, Origin and Composition of Stable Isotopes in Intrapermafrost Taliks of the Late Quaternary Sand Dunes, Central Yakutia (Project Director)
  • RFBR Project 18-45-140012: Geomorphological Mapping and Zonation of Late-Quaternary Periglacial and Eolian Landforms in Central Yakutia Using Satellite Imagery and GIS-Technologies (Project Director)
  • SECOND YAKUTIA EXPEDITION Project (MPI), 2017: Comprehensive Investigation and Mapping of the State of Permafrost in Yakutia for Elaborating Scientific Guidelines and Technologies for Socio-Economic Development (Participant)
  • Collaborative Research (MPI – Mammoth Fauna Section, Sakha (Yakutia) Academy of Sciences), radiocarbon dating (Principal Investigator)

Selected Past Projects and Grant Awards

  • SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, China) High-End Foreign Experts Project Award #GDT20176200053, 2017-2018
  • RFBR-RS(Y) Project 15-45-05129_восток_а, 2015-2017. Pleistocene Cryodeserts (Tukulans) in Central Yakutia (Project Director)
  • RFBR Project 14-05-00435_а, 2014-2016. Structure and Dynamics of Mountain Permafrost, Glaciers and Rock Glaciers in Central and Northeastern Asia during the Late Holocene (Project Director)
  • SB RAS Basic Research Project VIII.77.2.2, 2013-2016. Mountain Glaciations and Permafrost in Continental Areas of Central and Northeastern Asia. Response of Glacial and Periglacial Formations to Recent Changes in Climate (Project Director)
  • Collaborative Project with the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. Project of the Vertical Profile Measurement of Greenhouse Gases Concentration in the Troposphere by an Airplane, 2011-2014 (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Collaborative Project with the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. Project of Greenhouse Gases Monitoring on the Ground Station in Yakutsk, 2011-2014 (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR Grant 11-05-00318-a, 2011-2013. Age and Late Holocene Dynamics of the Periglacial Morphosculpture on the Kolyma Upland Based on Lichenometric and Schmidt Hammer Test Data (Project Director)
  • RFBR-Taiwan Project 10-05-92000-HHC_a, 2010-2012. Structure of River Systems and Morphology of Drainage Basins in the Northwestern Part of the Pacific Seismic Belt (Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR-Republic of Sakha/Yakutia Grant 12-05-98507-p_vostok_a, 2012-2014. Elaboration of Methods for Absolute and Relative Dating of Central Yakutian Permafrost, Surface Water and Ground Water Based on Radiocarbon and Tritium Contents Using the Quantulus 1220 Low-Level Spectrometer (Project Director)
  • Contract with Nizhne-Lenskoe Co. 800/03-01-2011, 2011-2013. Study of Engineering Geological, Geocryological and Hydrological Conditions in the Lower Bolshaya Kuonamka River Basin and Compilation of a 1:50,000-scale Engineering Geology Map (Principal Investigator)
  • SB RAS Expedition Grant, 2012. Absolute Age and Recent Dynamics of the Ice and Loess Formation in Central Yakutia (Project Director)
  • RFBR-Austria 09-05-91005-АНФ_а, 2009-2011. Late Cenozoic Volcanism at the North American and Eurasian Plate Boundary in Northeast Asia: Evolution of Eruptions and Mantle Geochemistry (Principal Investigator)
  • RFBR Grant 08-05-00046-а, 2008-2010. The Last Glaciation and Neoglacial Epoch in the Chersky Range Based on Lichenometric, Spore-Pollen and Radiocarbon Data (Project Director)
  • RFBR Grant 01-05-07013-aнo, 2001-2002. Lichenometry: An Analytical Review (Project Director)
  • RFBR Grant 98-05-64642-a, 1998-2000. Reconstruction of Late Holocene Fluctuations of Glaciers and Rock Glaciers in Northeast Russia from Lichenometric and Radiocarbon Data
  • RFBR Grant 96-05-66226-a, 1996-1998. Lichenometric Dating of Paleoseismic Dislocations in Northeast Russia

Field Work

  • 2013-present – studies on mountain permafrost, periglacial geomorphology, and glaciers in Central and Northeastern Asia (northern Tian-Shan, Altay Mountains, Suntar-Khayata Range)
  • 2012-present – field studies of sand dunes along the lower Vilyui River and middle Lena River
  • 2017-2018 – sampling of eolian deposits in the central Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Beiluhe station)
  • 2011-2014 – geotechnical, geocryological and hydrological studies in the Lower Bolshaya Kuonamka River valley
  • 2008-2010 – glacier studies in the Chersky Range, lichenometric, spore-pollen and radiocarbon dating
  • 2006-2008 – internal environmental audit and monitoring of pipeline construction for Sakhalin Energy Co.
  • Sakhalin II Project; temporary erosion control at environmentally sensitive stream crossings by Golder Associates
  • 2003-2005 – seismic studies in eastern Chukotka 1994 – participant, joint Russia/United States Expedition to eastern Chukotka for the Beringia National Park planning
  • 1999-2006 – environmental impact assessment studies for gold mining projects in Magadan area (Kubaka, Birkachan, Julietta, Matrosov), Chukotka (Kupol, Mayskoe) and Yamal-Nenets (Ray-Iz)
  • 1998-2000 – studies of present glaciers and rock glaciers in the Koryak Upland
  • 1996 – restoration of the Chukotka seismic station network of the Magadan Seismologic Service
  • 1995 – soil contamination mapping and monitoring, Kubaka gold-silver deposit
  • 1993-1995 – field data collection for lichenometric analysis and periglacial morphosculpture studies in the Koryak Upland, Pekul’ney Range, and Chukotka Peninsula

Teaching and Mentoring Activities

Dr. Galanin teaches courses on geomorphology and Quaternary geology at the North-Eastern Federal University, Department of General Geology. He also serves as a deputy chair of the NEFU examination and attestation committees for graduate degrees on geography. Three Ph.D. students have successfully completed their degrees under his supervision: T.V. Matrosova, Climate and Vegetation of the Anadyr Plateau, Continental Chukotka, over the Last 350,000 Years (Palynological Characterization of El’gygytgyn Lake Sediments), O.V. Motorov, Technogenic Rock Glaciers: Structure, Dynamics and Formation Associated with Mining of Primary Deposits (with Reference to the Kubaka Mine Project), and Anna Kut, Eolian Periglacial Landforms (Tukulans) in Central Yakutia: Structure, Origin, Age, and Distribution.

Honours and Distinctions

  • 2010 – Honorary Diploma, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 – Honorary Diploma, North-Eastern Scientific Center Presidium, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006 – Special Recognition Award, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.

Selected Publications

  • Galanin A.A., Pavlova M.R. (2019). Late Quaternary dune formations (D’olkuminskaya Series) in Central Yakutia (Part 2). Kriosfera Zemli, XXIII(1), 3–15. DOI: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2019-1(3-15)
  • Fedorov A.N., Vasilyev N.F., Torgovkin Y.I., Shestakova A.A., Varlamov S.P., Zheleznyak M.N., Shepelev V.V., Konstantinov P.Y., Kalinicheva S.S., Basharin N.I., Makarov V.S., Ugarov I.S., Efremov P.V., Argunov R.N., Egorova L.S., Samsonova V.V., Shepelev A.G., Vasiliev A.I., Ivanova R.N., Galanin A.A., Lytkin V.M., Kuzmin G.P. and Kunitsky V.V. (2018). Permafrost-Landscape Map of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on a Scale 1:1,500,000. Geosciences 8(12), 465;
  • Galanin A.A., Pavlova M.R., Klimova I.V. (2018). Late Quaternary dune formations (D’olkuminskaya series) in Central Yakutia (Part 1). Earth's Cryosphere XXII(6): 3–14. DOI: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2018-6(3-14)
  • Galanin A. A. (2017). The aeolian-cryogenic origin of the inter-permafrost taliks and underground water sources in Central Yakutia. Cold-Region Hydrology in a Non-Stationary World, Proceedings of 21st Northern Research Basins Symposium and Workshop. August 6–12, 2017, Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk: Melnikov Permafrost Institute Publ., pp. 19-25.
  • Galanin A.A., Olenchenko V.V., Khristoforov I.I., Severskiy E.V., Galanina A.A. 2017. Highly dynamic rock glaciers of Tien Shan. Earth's Cryosphere XXI(4): 48–62. doi: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2017-4(48-62)
  • Grigoriev S.E., Savvinov G.N., Novgorodov G.P., Cheprasov M.Y., Fedorov S.E., Ivanov E.V., Tikhonov A.N., Fisher D.C., Shirley E.A., Rountrey A.N., Obadă T., Garmaeva D.K., Egorova V.E., Petrova P.P., Egorova E.E., Akhremenko Y.A., Vasilev S.E., Goncharov A.E., Masharskiy A., van der Plicht J., Galanin A.A. (2017). A woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) carcass from Maly Lyakhovsky island (New Siberian Islands, Russian Federation). Quaternary International, 427: 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.01.007.
  • Papina T.S., Malygina N.S., Eirikh A.N., Galanin A.A., Zheleznyak M.N. (2017). Isotopic composition and sources of atmospheric precipitation in Central Yakutia. Earth's Cryosphere XXI(2): 52–61. doi: 10.21782/EC2541-9994-2017-1(52-61)
  • Pavlova M.R., Rudaya N.A., Galanin A.A., Shaposhnikov G.I. (2017). The structure and dynamics of the dune massifs in the Vilyui river basin in late Quaternary time. Contemporary Problems of Ecology, 10(4): 411-422. doi: 10.1134/S1995425517040072.
  • Machida T., Sasakawa M., Arshinov M., Brian B., Mitin S., Galanin A., Maximov T.Chr. (2016). Atmospheric greenhouse gases over Siberia. In: Climate and Permafrost Ecosystems. Proceedings of IXth International Symposium "C/H2O/Energy Balance and Climate over the Boreal and Arctic Regions with Special Emphasis on Eastern Eurasia", Yakutsk, Russia, 1-4 November 2016. Nagoya University, pp. 149-152.
  • Pavlova, M.R., Galanin, A.A. (2016). Processes of modern aeolian relief formation in the Vilyui river basin (Central Yakutia). In: Proceedings of the 8th International Siberian Early Career GeoScientists Conference (Novosibirsk, 13-24 June 2016). Novosibirsk: NSU, pр. 285-286.
  • Potapova, O., Maschenko, E.N., Protopopov, A., Kienast, F., Rudaya, N., Kuzmina, S., Parkhaev, P.I., Van Der Plicht, J., Galanin, A., Pavlov, I. (2016). The Sartanian biodiversity of Central Yakutia, Russia: the analyses of the new Late Pleistocene Megin Site. In: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology / Abstracts of Papers 76th Annual Meeting (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA October 26-29, 2016). P. 207.
  • Kadota, T.; Shirakawa, T.; Kusaka, R.; Takahashi, S.; Galanin, A.; Fedorov, A.; Enomoto, H.; Ohata, T.; Yabuki, H. Shrinking glaciers in Suntar Khayata, East Siberia, Fourth International Symposium on the Arctic Research (ISAR-4) / Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) ASSW (Arctic Science Summit Week) Toyama, Japan April 27-30, 2015, 241, 2015.
  • Berchet А., Pison I, Chevallier F, Paris J.D., Bousquet P., Bonne J.L., Arshinov M.Yu., BelanB.D., Cressot C., Davydov D.K., Dlugokencky E.J., Fofonov A.V.,Galanin A.A., Lavrk J., Machida T., Parker R., Sasakawa M., Spahni R., Stocker B.D., Winderlich J. (2014). Natural and anthropogenic methane fluxes in Eurasia: a meso-scale quantification by generalizedatmospheric inversion. Biogeosciences Discuss., 11: 14587-14637. doi:10.5194/bgd-11-14587-2014.
  • Sasakawa M., Machida T., Ito A., Tsuda N., Arshinov M., Davydov D., Fofonov A.,Krasnov O., Fedoseev N., Nestereva M., Galanin A., Patra P. K., Ishijima K. (2014). Long-term records of atmospheric CH4 concentration over Siberia with aircraft and tower measurements. In: Seventh International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases (NCGG7). November 5-7, 2014. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Galanin A.A. (2012). Rock glaciers and permafrost gravitational formations of the Kolyma Upland. Proceedings of Tenth International Conference on Permafrost (TICOP): Recourses and Risks of Permafrost Areas in Changing World. Vol. 2: Translations of Russian Contributions. Co-edited by D.S. Drozdov and V.E. Romanovsky. The Northern Publisher, Salekhard, Russia, 2012, р. 81-87.
  • Galanin A.A., Gartsman B.I. (2011). Structural-hydrographic and morphometric analysis of river systems: Theoretical aspects. Geography and Natural Resources 32(3): 226-234, DOI: 10.1134/S1875372811030048