Nikita Mergelov graduated from
Soil Science Faculty of Moscow State University in 2002. At present he is
postgraduate student at Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences.
The title of PhD thesis - 'Spatial regularities of pedogenesis and carbon
dynamics in Kolyma's tundra and open forests'. Since 2002 he has spent more than
7 month in field expeditions studying functioning of tundra and taiga ecosystems
in European and Asian Russia (Kola Peninsula, Kolyma Lowland, Polar Urals). In
2002-2003 worked in program of Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring and NSF's
Russian American Initiative on Shelf Environment. His academic interests include:
genesis and cartography of Arctic and Subarctic soils, carbon cycle in tundra
and taiga ecosystems, soil sustainability to different types of effects,
anthropogenic effects (especially fires) on ecosystems.