Igor Lavrinenko

Igor Lavrinenko

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Academic degree, academic title: Ph.D.

Position: Laboratory Head

E-mail: lavrinenkoi@binran.ru

Research interests:

  • Identification of the principles and patterns of the organization of the spatial structure of the vegetation cover in the Russian Arctic.
  • Development of typology and nomenclature of territorial units of the Arctic vegetation based on diagnostic syntaxa and their combinations for the purposes of geobotanic mapping.
  • Phytosociological indication of habitats based on the ecological characteristics of species, syntaxa and their combinations.
  • Development of a national typology of habitats in the Russian Arctic and their diagnostics based on the typology of territorial units of vegetation and modern European approaches (Nature 2000, CORINE, EUNIS).
  • Geobotanic zoning of the Russian Arctic to the level of regions and sub-regions.
  • interpretation of multispectral satellite images in field and office conditions based on GIS and Remote Sensing technologies.
  • Preparation of large-scale geobotanic and thematic maps for the territories of the tundra zone.
  • Development and testing of methods for remote monitoring of vegetation cover and habitats in the Russian Arctic.

Keywords: Arctic, classification of vegetation, spatial structure of vegetation cover, geobotanical mapping, territorial units of vegetation, habitats, phytosociological indication of habitats

Education and work experience:

1984 – graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology of the Syktyvkar State University (Department of Botany).
1987–1991 – postgraduate study at the Komi Scientific Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
1992 – Ph.D. thesis defense (Komarov Botanical Institute RAS).

1984-1986 – employee of the Institute of Biology of the Komi branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences (Syktyvkar).
1994-1999 – Head of the Laboratory of Ecology and Tundra Protection, Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the RAS.
1999-2003 – Head of the Department of Ecosystem Analysis and GIS Technologies, Institute of Biology of Komi Science Centre of the Ural Branch of the RAS.
2003-2006 – Head of the Ecology Department of the Nenets Information and Analytical Center of the NAO.
2009-2012 – Senior Researcher in the Laboratories of the Far North, Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.
2012-2018 – Senior Researcher in the Laboratory of Geography and Cartography vegetation, Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.
2019 – until now – Head of the Laboratory for the Dynamics of the Vegetation Cover in the Arctic, Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.
Has international certificates for work with GIS technologies and ArcGIS software (Netherlands, 1997, 1999, 2002).

Grants and research projects:

Project leader:

  • 2020. RFBR № 20-17-00160 «Classification and mapping of the Eastern European tundra habitats in the EUNIS system as a basis for their study and protection, preparation of the Red List of habitats».
  • 2014. Expeditionary grant of the RFBR 14-04-10046 «Scientific project for carrying out expeditionary work on the territory of the Eastern European tundra for the purpose of geobotanical survey and zoning».
  • 2013. RFBR № 13-04-01385 «Geobotanical zoning of Eastern European tundras as a basis for assessing and preserving their cenotic diversity».

Other projects:

  • 2021-2024. International interdisciplinary research project CHARTER «Drivers and Feedbacks of Changes in Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity». Contact scientist.
  • 2021. Agreement with Federal Research Center Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Assessment of the condition of the vegetation cover of reindeer pastures on the territory of the Avam tundra». Responsible executor.
  • 2016. RFBR № 16-08-00510 «Development and research of a methodology for constructing and creating a prototype of an information automated system for predicting the state of vegetation in the Far North based on integrated processing of multi- and hyperspectral ground-aerospace data, as well as climatic information». (Lead. V.Ya. Zelentsov, SPIIRAS).
  • 2014-2016. UNDP / GEF project - Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia «Objectives of Biodiversity Conservation in the Policy and Development Programs of the Energy Sector of Russia». The topic «Assessment of the diversity and level of knowledge of vascular plants, protected areas and valuable natural complexes in the territory of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Stage 1: Preparation of object-oriented databases in NAO, geobotanic zoning maps as a basis for compiling vulnerability maps». Responsible for the section on vegetation and geobotanic mapping.
  • 2015. Contract № 01 / 2015-04 with the Administration of the NJSC «Performance of work on monitoring the state of flora and fauna objects listed in the Red Book of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug». Responsible executor.
  • 2013. Contract with LLC «Multidisciplinary research and development enterprise» EKORA «(Nenets Autonomous District) and BIN RAS No. 3/115 for 2013» Cartographic work for the development of a project for on-farm land management of the territory of reindeer pastures of the SEC «Kolguev».
  • 2012-2014. Contract with SPK Kolguev (Nenets Autonomous District) and BIN RAS № 1/20 for 2012-2014. «Vegetation cover of reindeer pastures on Kolguev Island and its rational use in reindeer husbandry».
  • 2012-2013. The project «Diversity and dynamics of the vegetation cover in the Arctic and mechanisms of its sustainability» (section: «Patterns of development of wildlife and mechanisms for ensuring the sustainability of Biosystems») under the program of fundamental research of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Wildlife: current state and development problems». Section executor.
  • 2011. Wetlands International Arctic Program. Study of Mitigation, Recovery and Restoration Options for Oil and Gas Industry Impacts on Arctic Wetlands. Contract № NL1170.002.1 2011 Sub002. Section executor.
  • 2010-2012. The project «Chorology of Species and Communities for the Diagnostics of Zonal Divisions and Floristic and Geobotanic Zoning of the Arctic» within the framework of the Program of Fundamental Research of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Scientific Foundations of Biodiversity Conservation in Russia" (subprogram "Biodiversity: Inventory, Functions, Conservation».
  • 2010-2012. RFBR № 10-04-01114 «Analysis of the chorology of species and communities in connection with the tasks of latitudinal-zonal typology and assessment of climatogenic dynamics of the vegetation cover in the Arctic».
  • Currently participates in the International projects Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD), Arctic Vegetation Archive (AVA) and Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map (CAVM).

Conferences and workshops:


    Since 1993, he has repeatedly traveled with reports to international conferences and meetings on Arctic ecology (USA, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Czechoslovakia).

  • Scientific conference «Actual issues of studying and preserving the flora of the Arctic and mountainous regions». Apatity. August 23–27, 2021. Plenary report.
  • Scientific conference «Theoretical questions of classification of plant communities in Russia». Yalta. November 01-03, 2021. Oral report.
  • Second International Scientific Conference «Vegetation of Eastern Europe and North Asia». Bryansk, October 12–13, 2020. Oral report.
  • XIV Delegate Congress of the RBO, conference «Botany in the modern world». Makhachkala, June 17–23, 2018. Plenary report.
  • International field symposium «Swamp ecosystems of North-East Europe and the problems of ecological restoration in the permafrost zone». Inta, Syktyvkar, Naryan-Mar, July 22 – August 4, 2017. Oral report.
  • International Scientific Conference «Modern Fundamental Problems of Vegetation Classification». Yalta, October 4–9, 2016. Oral report.
  • Comprehensive studies of the nature of Svalbard and the adjacent shelf. Materials of the All-Russian scientific conference with international participation. Murmansk, November 2–4, 2016. Oral report.

Professional memberships:

Editorial activity:

  • Member of the editorial board of the collection «Geobotanical mapping».
  • Scientific editor of the «Red Data Book of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug: official edition» 2nd edition. Belgorod: CONSTANT. 2020. 456 p.
  • Scientific editor and co-author of the first edition of the «Red Book of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug». Naryan-Mar, 2006. 450 p.
  • Scientific editor and co-author of the publication «Systematic lists of species of flora and fauna of the state natural reserve «Nenetsky» 2001-2006». Ser. Proceedings of the State Natural Reserve «Nenetsky». St. Petersburg, 2007. 55 p.
  • Scientific editor and co-author of the publication «Wildlife of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug: popular science publication» Under scientific. ed. O.V. Lavrinenko, I.A. Lavrinenko. St. Petersburg: Nenets Information and Analytical Center, 2004. 192 p.
  • Executive editor of the publication «Some approaches to the organization of environmental monitoring in the North» / ed. I.A. Lavrinenko (executive editor), I.V. Zaboeva, V.I. Ponomarev, A.S. Stenina (responsible secretary). № 147. Ser. Proceedings of the Komi Scientific Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Syktyvkar, 1996. 172 p.

Selected publications:

Lavrinenko I.A. Approaches of Western European geobotanists to the typology and mapping of territorial units of vegetation. Vegetation of Russia. 2021. 42: 146–164.

Lavrinenko I.A. Habitat classification of the Eastern European tundra. Proceedings of the Kola Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Applied Ecology of the North. 2021. 9(12(6)): 13–18.

Jiroušek, Peterka, Chytrý, … Lavrinenko I.A. et al. Classification of European bog vegetation of the Oxycocco-Sphagnetea class. Applied Vegetation Science. 2021. 1–19.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Communities with shrub willows in the typical tundra subzone of the Eastern European sector of the Arctic. Vegetation of Russia. 2021. 41: 75–112.

Mikhailov V.V., Spesivtsev A.V., Sobolevskya V.A., Kartashev N.K., Lavrinenko I.A., Lavrinenko O.V., Spesivtsev V.A. Multimodel Evaluation of Phytomass Dynamics of Tundra Plant Communities Based on Satellite Images. Izvestiya. Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics. 2021. 57(9): 1198–1210.

Red Data Book of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug: official edition. 2nd edition. Belgorod: CONSTANT. 2020. 456 p.

Lavrinenko I. A. Typology and syntaxonomic composition of vegetation territorial units: novel approach suggested with the case study of Arctic marshes. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2020. 39: 100–148.

Chytrý M., Tichý L., Hennekens S.M., … Lavrinenko I.A. et al. EUNIS Habitat Classification: expert system, indicator species and distribution maps of European habitats. Applied Vegetation Science. 2020. 23(4): 1–28.

Lavrinenko I.A., Lavrinenko O.V. Habitats of Eastern European tundras and their relationship with the EUNIS categories on the example of the Nenetsky reserve. Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe. 2020. 14(4): 359–397.

Plugatar Yu.V., Ermakov N.B., Krestov P.V., … Lavrinenko I.A. et al. The concept of classification of vegetation in Russia as a reflection of modern problems of phytocenology. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2020. 38: 3–12.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Vegetation of the class Loiseleurio procumbentis – Vaccinietea Eggler ex Schubert 1960 in the Eastern European tundra. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2020. 38: 27–84.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Typical species of higher syntaxa in the lowland East European tundra. Botanicheskii zhurnal. 2020. 105(4): 315–347.

Afonina O.M., Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Mosses in plant communities in the north-west of the Bolshezemelskaya tundra (Nenets Autonomous Okrug). Botanicheskii zhurnal. 2019. 104(9): 1333–1354.

Rozhnov V.V., Lavrinenko I.A., Razzhivin V.Yu. et al. Revision of the biodiversity of a large Arctic region as the basis for its monitoring and protection in conditions of active economic development (Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia). Nature Conservation Research. Conservation science. 2019. 4(2): 1–28.

Lavrinenko O.V., Petrovsky V.V., Lavrinenko I.A. New local flora and materials for floristic zoning of the Eastern European tundra. Botanicheskii zhurnal. 2019. 104(1): 58–92.

Raynolds M.K., Walker D.A., Balser A., … Lavrinenko I.A. et al. A raster version of the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map (CAVM). Remote Sensing of Environment. 2019. 232.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Classification of vegetation of salty and brackish marshes of the Bolshezemelskaya tundra (coast of the Barents Sea). Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe. 2018. 12(3): 5–75.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Zonal vegetation of the lowland East European tundras. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2018. 32: 35–108.

Lavrinenko O.V., Petrovsky V.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Local flora of the islands and the coast of the southeastern part of the Barents Sea. Botanicheskii zhurnal. 2016. 101(10): 1144–1190.

Lavrinenko O.V., Matveeva N.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Communities of the class Scheuchzerio – Caricetea nigrae (Nordh. 1936) Tx. 1937 in the Eastern European tundra. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2016. 28: 55–88.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Communities of the class Oxycocco-Sphagnetea Br.-Bl. et R. Tx. 1943 in the Eastern European tundra. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2015. 26: 55–84.

Lavrinenko O.V., Matveyeva N.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Dryad communities in the east of the European part of the Russian Arctic. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2014. 24: 38–63.

Lavrinenko I.A., Lavrinenko O.V. Influence of climatic changes on the vegetation cover of the Barents Sea islands. Transactions of KarRC RAS. 2013. 6: 4–16.

Matveeva N.V., Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Coastal communities with Arenaria pseudofrigida on the islands of the southeastern part of the Barents Sea. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2013. 22: 78–85.

Lavrinenko I.A., Lavrinenko O.V. Long-term dynamics and death of vegetation in marshes of the Kolokolkovaya Bay of the Barents Sea. Rastitel’nost’ Rossii. 2012. 21: 66–77.

Lavrinenko O.V., Matveyeva N.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Flora of vascular plants of Dolgiy Island (Barents Sea). Botanicheskii zhurnal. 2009. 94(8): 1097–1125.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A. Island spruce forests of the Eastern European tundra. Botanicheskii zhurnal. 2003. 88(8): 59–77.

Lavrinenko O.V., Lavrinenko I.A., Pystina T.N. Lichens (Lichenes) of the Kanino-Pechora sub-province of the Arctic floristic region. Botanicheskii zhurnal. 2000. 85(5): 12–28.

Lavrinenko I.A., Lavrinenko O.V., Kulyugina E.E. Flora and vegetation of the west of the Bolshezemelskaya tundra (right bank of the Ortina River). Botanicheskii zhurnal. 1999. 84(6): 95–105.

Lavrinenko I.A., Lavrinenko O.V. Accumulation of heavy metals by plants in conditions of oil pollution. Siberian Journal of Ecology. 1998. 3–4: 299–309.

Lavrinenko I.A., Lavrinenko O.V., Kulyugina E.E. Formation of secondary plant communities at the sites of oil and gas exploration wells in the Bolshezemelskaya tundra. Siberian ecological journal. 1998. 3–4: 275–284.