Head of Soil Cryology Laboratory
Institute for Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science
Russian Academy of Sciences

Organisation: Institute for Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science Russian Academy of Sciences

Education: 1971. MSc.(geocryology). Moscow State University, 1984. PhD.(geocryology). Moscow State University, 2002. DSc. (geoecology). Institute of Earth Cryosphere, Russian Academy of Sciences

Science interests & Projects:

  • Cryobiosphere - Viable Microorganisms in Permafrost
  • Historical Geocryology - Permafrost Age
  • Soil Cryology - Life below freezing point
  • Exo/Astrobiology - Terrestrial Models

Selected Activities:

  • Member of National Executive Committee of Earth Cryosphere, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Chair, Cryosol Working Group, Dokuchaev Soil Society, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Chair, Cryosol Commission, International Society of Soil Science (1993-98)
  • Chair, Cryosol Working Group, International Permafrost Association (1993-98)


      Editorial Board:

Journal "Earth Cryosphere", Russian Academy of Sciences International Journal of Astrobiology, Cambridge University Press

     Field experience

  • 1969. Chukotka peninsula
  • 1970-1977. West Siberia
  • 1978-2001. Eurasian north-east (Kolyma lowland, Laptev Sea coast)
  • 1991, 2000. Alaska
  • 1994-1996, 1999. Antarctica Dry Valley
  • 2002. Kamchatka peninsula

Selected publications:

  • Gilichinsky, D., Vorobiova, E., Erokhina, L., Fedorov-Davydov, D. (1992). Long-term preservation of Microbial Ecosistems in Permafrost // Advances Space Research, vol. 12, N 4: 225-263.
  • Gilichinsky, D., Soina, V., Petrova, M. (1993). Cryoprotective Properties of Water in the Earth Cryolithosphere and its Role in Exobiology // Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere, 23: 65-75.
  • Gilichinsky, D. (ed). Viable Microorganisms in Permafrost (1994). Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, 115.
  • Gilichinsky, D., Wagener, S., (1995). Microbial Life in Permafrost // Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, vol. 5: 143-150.
  • Gilichinsky, D., Wagener, S., Vishnivetskaya, T. (1995). Permafrost Microbiology // Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, vol. 6: 281-291.
  • Wilson, G., Braddok, P., Foreman, S., Friedmann, E. I., Rivkina, E., Gilichinsky, D. (1996). Coring for microbial records of Antarctic Climate // Antarctic Journal of USA, N 3: 74-77
  • Shi, T., R. Reevs, D. Gilichinsky, E. I. Friedmann (1997). Characterization of Viable Bacteria from Siberian Permafrost by 16S rDNA Sequencing // Microbial Ecology, N 33: 169-179.
  • Vorobyova, E., Soina, V., Gorlenko, M., Rivkina,E., Gilichinsky, D. (1997). The deep cold biosphere: facts and hypothesis // FEMS Microbiology Reviews, N 20: 277-290
  • Zhou, J., M. Davey, J. Figueras, E. Rivkina, D. Gilichinsky, J. Tiedje. (1997). Phylogenetic diversity of the bacterial community from a tundra soil sample // Microbiology (UK), vol. 143, N 12: 3913-3919.
  • Rivkina, E., Gilichinsky, D., Wagener, S., Tiedje, J., McGrath, J. (1998). Biogeochemical Activity of Anaerobic Microorganisms from Buried Permafrost Sediments // Geomicrobiology, N 15: 187-193
  • Rivkina, E., E. I. Friedmann, C. McKay, D. Gilichinsky (2000). Microbial activity of permafrost bacteria below the Freezing Point // Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 66, N 8: 3230-3234.
  • Vishnivetskaya, T., Kathariou, S., McGrath, J., Gilichinsky, D., Tiedje, J. (2000). Low Temperature Recovery Strategies for the Isolation of Bacteria from Ancient Permafrost Sediments // Extremophiles, vol. 4, issue 3: 165-173.
  • Brinton, K., A. Tsapin, D. Gilichinsky, G. McDonald (2002). Aspartic acid racemization and age-depth relationships for organic carbon in Siberian permafrost // Astrobiology, vol. 2, N 1: 77-82.
  • Vishnivetskaya, T., L. Erokhina, E. Spirina, A. Shatilovich, E. Vorobyova, D. Gilichinsky (2002). Ancient viable phototrophs within the permafrost // In: Algae and extreme environments - ecology and physiology. Nova Hedwigia: 425-439.
  • Wilson, G., J. Barron, A. Ashworth, R. Askin, J. Carter, M. Gurren, D. Dalhuisen, I. Friedmann, D. Fyodorov-Davydov, D. Gilichinsky, D. Harwood, J. Hiemstra, T. Janecek, K. Licht, V. Ostroumov, R. Powell, E. Rivkina, S. Rose, A. Stroeven, P. Stroeven, J. Meer, M. Wizevich (2002). The Mount Feather Diamicton of the Sirius Group: an accumulation of indicators of Neogene Antarctic glacial and climatic history // PALEO, 182: 117-131.
  • Gilichinsky, D., S. Gubin, D. Fyodorov-Davydov, V. Ostroumov, V. Sorokovikov, S. Zimov. (2002). Lower Kolyma River. The Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) Program: Reseach Design and Initial Results // Polar Georgaphy, vol. 24, N 3.
  • Gilichinsky, D. (2002). Permafrost model of extraterrestrial habitat // In (G. Horneck, ed.). Astrobiology, Springer-Verlag: 271- 295.
  • Gilichinsky, D. (2002). Permafrost as a microbial habitat // In: Encyclopaedia of Environmental Microbiology, Willey: 932-956.



Address: Institute for Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science
Russian Academy of Sciences, 142290 Pushchino, Moscow Region, RUSSIA

Tel: 7-(096)-773-26-04

Fax: 7-(096)-779-05-95

e-mail: gilichin@issp.serpukhov.su

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