Nikolay ZAVALISHIN graduated from Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM), Department of Applied Mathematics in 1996 with the Diploma in mathematical modeling. His area of expertise is analytical and continuum mechanics, ecological problems and ecosystems modeling issues. Since 1996, Nikolay has been working on mathematical ecology as a postgraduate student at the Laboratory of mathematical ecology in the A.M. Obukhov Institute of atmospheric physics of Russian Academy of Sciences. During his years at the Laboratory, he gained indepth knowledge on ecosystem theory, ecological modeling and mathematical methods of nonlinear dynamics. He strengthen his experience in this field during the work in the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in 1999, over global vegetation models and their reaction to Climate Change. Mathematical models of matter and energy cycles in local bog ecosystems of flowreservoir type under climatic and human perturbations were the subject of his PhD thesis prepared in 19992002 and defended at the Dorodnitsyn Computer Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences in 2002. Simultaneously in 1995 – 2003 Nikolay worked as a software developer at the Locomotive Engine Design Bureau of Russian Ministry of Railways, getting new skills in computer programming and software development since a realization of any mathematical model often depends on programming skills of its developer. Since 2003 Nickolay is a researcher at the Laboratory of mathematical ecology in the A.M. Obukhov Institute of atmospheric physics, Russian Academy of Sciences. His main research areas are general ecology problems, ecosystem models, nonlinear population dynamics, global and local biogeochemical cycles, vegetation dynamics under Climate Change and anthropogenic perturbations, regular and chaotic oscillations in ecological and physical models.
