Viktor V. Shepelev

Dr. Sci. (Geology and Mineralogy), Professor Deputy Director, Melnikov Permafrost Institute, SB RAS (Yakutsk, Russia)

Research interests: permafrost-hydrogeological conditions in Eastern Siberia, regime and discharge of groundwater, development of engineering methods to stop flooding of urbanized territories in the permafrost zone with suprapermafrost waters and their hydrogeological role.

Ph.D. thesis: “Formation and regime of icings in Eastern Yakutia”, (1973) Doctoral dissertation (Dr. Sci.): “General patterns of formation and regime of suprapermafrost waters of the cryolithosphere”, (1994)


1999-present – Deputy Director for Research, Melnikov Institute of Permafrost, SB RAS, Yakutsk, Russia

1991-1999 – Senior Researcher, Leading Researcher, Head of the Laboratory of Underground Waters, Institute of Permafrost Studies, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk, Russia

1983-1991 – Head, Department of Permafrost Studies, Yakutsk State University, Yakutsk, Russia

1973-1983 – Junior Researcher, Head of the Groundwater Laboratory, Permafrost Institute, Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk, Russia

1969-1972 – Postgraduate Student, Mining Institute, Leningrad, USSR

1966-1969 – Junior Researcher, Permafrost Institute of the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk, Russia

1966-1966 – Engineer-Hydrogeologist, Kazakh Ministry of Land Reclamation, USSR

1961-1965 – Student, Polytechnic Institute, Novocherkassk, USSR

1959-1960 – Technician, Hydraulic Engineer, Technical Section of the LBUP, USSR

Dr. Viktor Shepelev proposed new understanding of the Earth’s cryolithosphere and its water exchange function, concretized the scheme of the natural water cycle based on the principle of their unity and phase transitions, clarified the existing ideas about the aeration zone in the area of ​​permafrost distribution and its geoecological role.

Author and co-author of 314 scientific works, including 15 monographs, brochures, textbooks.

Professional Societies: Scientific and Technical Council of the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Scientific and Technical Council “Venture Company Yakutia”.

Awards and Honors: Scientist of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (2001), Honored Veteran of the SB RAS, Honorary Citizen of the city of Yakutsk.