Centre for Research into Biota, Climate, and Landscape (BioClimLand)

The Centre is a multidisciplinary research cluster in the life and earth sciences. Areas of its research include the dynamics of the biota, ecosystems, and landscapes in the context of climate change.


The Centre collaborates with colleagues in various countries through major international research networks and projects:

  • SCANNET/INTERACT, an international network of ground-based research and monitoring in the Arctic;
  • CAR-WET-SIB, a Russian-French consortium for the study of ecology in Siberia and the role of carbon in the process of climate change;
  • TEMPUS projects, and others.


The Centre conducts research at three stations: in the Aktru Valley (North-Chuya ridge, Altai Mountains), near the village of Khanymey (a tundra zone in the central part of Western Siberia), and near the village of Kaybasovo (the floodplain of the Ob River).

Heads of the Centre:

Sergey Kirpotin, Professor

Laboratory for Biogeochemical and Remote Sensing Methods
for Environmental Monitoring (BIO-GEO-CLIM)

Biogeochemical cycles of Arctic bog and lake landscapes of Western Siberia as an indicator of global climatic changes and the foundation for rational nature management in the region (BIO-GEO-CLIM).


Laboratory for Biodiversity and Ecology

Wetland ecosystems of Western Siberia: response to climate and human-caused variations.


Laboratory for Radiophysical and Optical Methods of Environmental Research

Radiophysical, optical, and ultrasonic methods development, equipment and software engineering for integrated environmental research.


Laboratory for Chemical Ecology

Chemical and analytical study of the content of organic and inorganic substances and transformation in Western Siberia of subarctic ecosystems under natural and anthropogenic impacts.


Laboratory for Evolutionary Cytogenetics

Genome transformation in ontogeny and phylogeny of insect carriers of dangerous diseases. Environmental engineering.


Laboratory for Plants Systematics and Phylogeny

Phytodiversity of Siberia: taxonomy, phylogeny, and phylogeography.

Aktru International Research Station

The research at Aktru Research Station focuses on glaciology, hydrology, meteorology, geomorphology, ecology, botany, zoology, and soil science. The main aims are to study climate-driven glacier dynamics, hydrological regimes, cryogenic processes, landscape patterns, and biota.


Kaybasovo International Research Station

Areas of research: biotic cycle of carbon and its accompanying elements in the flood basin; migration of water-soluble materials from catchment ecosystems to water bodies; hydrochemical, hydrobiological properties and ichthyology of the Middle Ob; productivity optimization; faunistic and ornithological studies.


Khanymey International Research Station

Areas of research: influence of climatic variations on biotic cycle of carbon and its accompanying elements on half-relief peatbogs; biogeochemical functions of microorganisms; migration of water-soluble materials from catchment ecosystems to water bodies; hydrochemical, hydrobiological and microbiological studies of surface water.


A geographic information system has been developed for gathering, storage, and analysis of data concerning geochemically interconnected landscapes, geochemical properties of surface and bog water, bottom sediments and peats.



Professor Terry V. Callaghan

Ph.D., Fil Dr.(Hon) x3, D.Sc.

Coordinator INTERACT

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm

Ecology; Botany; Climate Change; Environment; Biodiversity and Conservation; Systems Biology; Biodiversity; Arctic Regions

Oleg S. Pokrovsky


Centre National Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse, France

Biogeochemistry; Experiment; Physical Chemistry; Environment; Rivers; Aquatic Science; Limnoecology

Professor Vladimir Romanovsky


Geophysical Institute

University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States

Geology; Environment; Environmental Impact Assessment; Geography; Hydrogeology; Earth Sciences; Exploration Geophysics; Engineering Geology

Professor Pilar Catalan


Department of Agricultural and Natural Enviroment Sciences

University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

Environmental Science; Plant Biology; Population Genetics; Plant Taxonomy; Biodiversity; Population Genetics; Conservation Biology

Professor Marcin Nobis


Department of Plant Taxonomy, Phytogeography and Herbarium

Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Ecology; Botany; Biodiversity & Conservation; Conservation Biology; Systematics (Taxonomy); Biodiversity; Evolution

Professor Igor V. Sharakhov


Department of Entomology

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, United States

Mosquitoes; Anopheles; Genetics; Evolution; Malaria

Associated Master’s programmes


Area of expertise in theoretical and applied botany.


Ecological Climatology

Training and development of academic staff in hydrometeorology and geography with basic knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, air and hydrospace protection, and other disciplines.



Analysis and prognosis of molecular cytogenetic mechanisms of organism adaptation and evolution in the context of a dynamic environment.


Soil Genesis and Evolution

Genesis, geography, evolution and ecology of Siberian soil; soil ecology; anthropogenic resistance and environmental stress regulation; soil quality assessment.


Geoecology of Natural-technogenic Landscapes

Subsoil management; regional ecology; medico-geographical aspects of natural-technogenic landscapes; ecological climatology; technogenesis and genesis of natural-technogenic landscapes; geoecology and demographic issues; environmental condition of transformed areas and their recovery; territorial organization methods of environmental resource management.



Fundamental research of natural environment and resources in Western and Southern Siberia; study of exogenic processes; geomorphological and paleogeographical studies of West Siberian Plane and mountains of Southern Siberia; geomorphological studies in the areas of large industrial facilities, oil and gas extraction; development of geographic information systems for maintenance of capital investment and construction projects.


Hydrology and Geoecology of Marshy Oil- and Gas-bearing areas

Theoretical and engineering hydrology for: water resources research, management and conservation; development of ecologo-biospheric models of marshy areas; environmental risk zonation on the basis of area water balance analysis; prognosis and regulation of degree and directions of anthropogenic impact on ecosystems of marshy areas.


Land Hydrology

Calculation and prognosis of hydrological regime, water quality and channel processes of Siberian rivers; glacial balance and evolution of mountain glacierization in modern, retrospective, and prognostic view.


Plant Introduction

Theoretical knowledge in botany and practiсal experience in plant cultivation.



Training and development of staff in hydrometeorology and geography with basic knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, air and hydrospace protection and other disciplines for research, operational procedures, design and survey work, and teaching activities.


Environmental Resources Management and Sustainable Development

Environmental resources administration from the perspective of modern scientific concepts of sustainable development; assessment of the environmental impact of agriculture.


Agricultural Biotechnology

Biotechnology and bioengineering of plants and microorganisms for high-quality crop production and organization.


Analytical Chemistry

Selection and preparation of test samples; chemical, physico-chemical and physical approaches to: identification and quantitative measurement of elemental and phase composition of objects; research of substance structure and properties; metrology/chemometrics; standardization and certification of analysis methods and techniques; accreditation of analytical laboratories.


Centre of excellence “BioClimLand” TSU

Frederick Paulsen’s expedition with TSU

TSU’s summer expedition to the tundra of Yamal

TSU’s winter expedition to the Subarctics

Researching the great floodplain of the Ob river

The 1st TSU’s International Summer School on climate change in Altai mountains

The 2nd TSU’s International Summer School on climate change
in Altai mountains

Expedition through the Altai mountains: views from the helicopter


634050, Russia,
Tomsk, Lenina av. 36

E-mail: kirp@mail.tsu.ru

Russia, TomskUni project, 2016