Alexey Potemkin

Alexey Potemkin

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Academic degree, academic title: Dr.Sc.

Position: Leading Researcher


Research interests:

  • Flora and systematics of liverworts and hornworts of Russia and adjacent territories.
  • Biology, ecology, morphology, systematics, phytogeography, evolution, phylogeny and classification of bryophytes.

Education and work experience:

1972-1982 — Secondary School 444, Leningrad, USSR.
1987 — MS (equivalent), Botany (Bryology), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Herzen Leningrad Pedagogical Institute, Leningrad, USSR.
1987-1990 — Post Graduate Student, Botany (Bryology), V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, Acad. Sci. USSR, Leningrad.
1990 — Ph.D. thesis «The Hepaticae of the Yamal Peninsula», V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Acad. Sci., St.Petersburg, Russia.
2001 — Doctor Sci. Botany thesis «Evolution, Phylogeny and Classification of the family Scapaniaceae (Hepaticae)», V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Acad. Sci., St. Petersburg, Russia.

1990 — until now — Employee of Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.

Grants and research projects:

Took part in over 20 projects of RFBR (Principal investigator of 8 project of RFBR), 1 project of National Geographic Society USA (Principal Investigator), 1 INTERREG project, etc. Principal investigator of bryological programs of Presidium RAS.

Member of research team:

  • 1998-2007. Inventory of Liverwort flora and ecology of Green Belt of Fennoscandia (Finland and Russia).
  • 1998-2002. Bryophyte flora of the Hunan Province, SE China.
  • 1994-2002. Monographic study of the genus Scapania.
  • 1993-2015. Liverworts of Arctic Polar Deserts.
  • 1992 – until now. The Flora of North America. Treatment of the genus Scapania.
  • 1992-1993. Liverworts of Beringia Land Bridge Natural Preserve and Seward Peninsula, Arctic Alaska.
  • 1990 – until now. Liverworts and Hornworts of Russia and adjacent territories.
  • 1987-1993. Liverworts of the Yamal Peninsula, West Siberian Arctic.
  • 1987 – until now. Liverworts of the Leningrad Region and St. Petersburg territory: inventory and conservation.

Professional memberships:


  • Yamal Peninsula (West Siberian Arctic).
  • Russian and Finnish Karelia.
  • Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Pskov, Novgorod, Tver’, Kirovsk Regions of European Russia.
  • Republic of Kabardino-Balkariya.
  • Altay.
  • Primorye Territory.

Editorial activity:

Scientific-organizational and teaching activities:

  • Acting Chief of Laboratory of Lichenology and Bryology of Komarov Botanical Institute, Nov. 2005 – until now
  • Member of Scientific Council of Komarov Botanical Institute, 2012 – until now
  • Member of Dissertation Council of Komarov Botanical Institute, 2002 – until now
  • Member of Council of Russian Botanical Society, 2003 – until now
  • Chairman of the Bryological Section of the Russian Botanical Society, 1991 – until now
  • Curator of Liverwort and Hornwort Herbarium, V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, RAS, St. Petersburg, 1990 – until now
  • Principal Lecturer of MS students course «Basics of Bryology», 2008 – until now

Conferences and workshops:

Selected All-Russian and international bryological conferences