Elena A. Volkova (the anniversary of the researcher of mountains, steppe, desert, forest, meadow and bog vegetation)

E. I. Rachkovskaya, Z. V. Karamysheva, N. P. Litvinova, I. Yu. Sumerina, V. N. Khramtsov, G. A. Isachenko

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31111/vegrus/2018.32.137


On May 3, 2018 Elena Anatolievna Volkova ce­lebrates her anniversary. She is a highly qualified phytogeographer, thoughtful field researcher, expert in mountain vegetation of Asia, tireless traveler. The field of her scientific interests is the regularity of vegetation cover, small- and large-scale mapping of vegetation in different regions of Eurasia. She has made a great contribution to the study of the composition and structure of vegetation cover of complex and inaccessible arid and subarid mountain areas of Central Asia.

E. Volkova began to work in deserts and steppes of Kazakhstan, and then 15 years studied arid plain and mountain regions of Mongolia. In Joint Soviet-Mongolian complex biological expedition of Academies of sciences of USSR and Mongolian People’s Republic E. Volkova investigated the deserts of Alashan Gobi, Trans-Altai Gobi and Dzhungarian Gobi. The result of these field works was a publication on the study of the relationship between the composition and structure of plant communities with the petrographic composition of rocks in melkosopochniks in different subzones and provinces of Gobi (Volkova, 1976); together with E. I. Rachkovskaya original vegetation maps of these extra-arid territories were created (Rachkovskaya, Volkova, 1977, 1980, etc.). The collected data on mountain vegetation were used to produce the vegetation map of Mongolia in the National Atlas (Karta..., 1990) and the monograph “Botanical geography of Mongolian and Gobi Altai” (Volkova, 1994). E. Volkova has made two vegetation maps: of Asia in atlas “Our Earth” (Волкова, 1996) and (together with I. Fedorova) of the World (scale 1: 60 000 000) for “Resources and Environment: World Atlas” (Volkova, Fedorova, 1998). In 2003 the monograph “Botanical geography of Kazakhstan and Central Asia (within the desert area)” was published in which E. Volkova is the author of a large section “Vegetation cover of mountains” and sub-section “Mountain provinces” in the section “Principles and basic units of regionalization” (Volkova, 2003a, b).

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, most of the arid areas of the country became inaccessible for research, and E. Volkova’ interests have turned to the vegetation of the Northwest of European Russia (Le­ningrad Region). The Botanical Institute of Russian Academy of sciences organized complex researches for the purpose of inventory of natural complexes and their components in territories valuable for nature protection, and also of areas of economic importance. The result of this work was the organization of natural protected areas in the Leningrad Region and Saint Petersburg and the publication of the “Atlas of natural protected areas of St. Petersburg” (Atlas..., 2013, 2016) and 11 collective monographs (2001–2017) in which E.Volkova is the constant co-editor and author of the sections on vegetation.

E. A. Volkova has published about 190 works, including articles in the journals “Proceedings of theRussianGeographical Society”, “Botanical journal”, “Vegetation of Russia”, “Biosphere”, the “Geobotanical mapping” (Volkova, Khramtsov 2018). She conti­nues to be an active field researcher and preparing new articles and monographs.

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How to cite

Rachkovskaya E. I., Karamysheva Z. V., Litvinova N. P., Sumerina I. Yu., Khramtsov V. N., Isachenko G. A. 2018. Elena A. Volkova (the anniversary of the researcher of mountains, steppe, desert, forest, meadow and bog vegetation) // Vegetation of Russia. N 32. P. 137–148. https://doi.org/10.31111/vegrus/2018.32.137


Atlas osobo okhraniaemykh prirodnykh territorii Sankt-Peterburga. 2013; 2016, izd. vtoroe dop. i ispr. / Otv. red. V. N. Khramtsov, T. V. Kovaleva, N. Iu. Natsvaladze. [Atlas of nature protected areas of Saint Petersburg]. St. Petersburg. 176 p. (In Russian). https://www.binran.ru/files/publications/monographs/Atlas_OOPT_2016_2nd_Edition.pdf

Karta rastitelnosti Mongolskoi Narodnoi Respubliki. [Vegetation map of Mongolian people’s Republic]. 1990. Scale 1 : 3 000 000 // National Atlas of Mongolian People’s Republic. Ulaanbaatar; Moscow. P.  72–73. (Group of authors) (In Russian).

Rachkovskaya E. I., Volkova E. A. 1977. Rastitelnost Zaaltaiskoi Gobi [Vegetation of Trans Altai Gobi] // Rastitelnyi i zhivotnyi mir Mongolii. (Biologicheskie resursy i prirodnye usloviia MNR. T. 7) [Plant and animal world of Mongolia (Biological resources and natural conditions of MPR. Vol. 7.]. Leningrad. P. 46–74. (In Russian).

Rachkovskaya E. I., Volkova E. A. 1980. Karta rastitel­nos­­ti Dzhungarskoi Gobi [Vegetation map of Dzungarian Gobi] // Geobotanicheskoe kartogra­firovanie 1980 [Geo­botanical mapping 1980]. Leningrad. P. 24–39. (In Russian).

Volkova E. A. 1976. Vliyanie petrograficheskogo sostava porod na rastitelnyi pokrov i indikatornaya rol rastitelnykh soobshchestv v melkosopochnikakh yuzhnoi chasti MNR [The influence of the petrographic composityon of the rocks on vegetation cover and indicator role of plant communities in the melkosopochniks (hill terrains) of the southern part of the MPR] // Struktura i dinamika osnovnykh ekosistem MNR. (Biologicheskie resursy i prirodnye usloviia MNR. T. 8) [Structure and dynamics of the major ecosystems of the MPR (Biological resources and natural conditions of MPR. Vol. 8.]. Leningrad. P. 144–157. (In Russian).

Volkova E. A. 1994. Botanical geography of Mongolian and Gobian Altai. St. Petersburg. 132 p. (In Russian).

Volkova E. A. 1996. Vegetation map of Asia 1 : 25 000 000 s. // Electronic Atlas “Our Earth”. Esri Publ. House. Redlands. USA. On CD. 

Volkova E. A. 2003a. Vegetation cover of mountains // Botanical geography of Kazakhstan and Middle Asia (desert region). St. Petersburg. P. 167–191 (In Russian); P. 360–378 (In English).

Volkova E. A. 2003b. Mountain province // Ibid. P. 217–222 (In Russian); P. 402–407 (In English).

Volkova E. A., Fedorova I. T. 1998. Vegetation (World map). S. 1 : 60 000 000 // Resources and Environment: World Atlas / Ed. Holzel. Vienna. Pl. 110, 111.

Volkova E. A., Khramtsov V. N. 2018. Large-scale vegetation mapping for the purposes of creating new specially protected natural areas in Saint Petersburg // Vegetation mapping 2018. St. Petersburg. P. 120–136.