I am associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, Geography Section. I am also co-affiliated with Kazan State Federal University in Russia. I obtained my PhD in Forestry(focus on Remote Sensing of Environment and Land-Use Modeling) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. My primary research interests lay in the field of Land System Science. My expertise and research interests primarily focus on monitoring the dynamic of land cover and land use with satellite remote sensing, analysis of the causal drivers of land-use/ land-cover change, agricultural potentials and consequences of such changes for the environment. My primary geography expertise is on Northern Eurasia and transition economies in general (e.g.,in EU, post-socialist, post-Soviet countries, China, Vietnam). I am also conducting comparative studies elsewhere too with recent expansion to South America (e.g., Peru). Shortly, through my research and professional service I do my best to uncover the complexity of the relationship between humans and environment in order to find the solutions for sustainable development, such as between agricultural development and preservation of ecosystem services.
My work is truly highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, and stretches across the institutions and the countries. I am opened for new opportunities of doing research, projects and supervision of prospective students, but focus on N.Eurasia and transition economies is prioritized. I pay specific attention to dissemination of the research findings in the studied countries and keep close relationship with many organizations, which may help bringing research results into practice and support research in the ground. If you feel the focus of my research matches your interests, please do not hesitate to contact me.