Sergei Sheremetiev

Sergei Sheremetiev

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Academic degree, academic title: Dr.Sc.

Position: Leading Researcher


Research interests:

  • Ecological evolution of vascular plants.

Keywords: Vascular plants, ecological evolution, diversification, latitudinal gradients

Education and work experience:

1973 – Kirov Leningrad Forestry Academy.
1982 – defended his PhD thesis (degree of candidate of biological sciences). Thesis topic «Ecological and biological characteristics of the Pistacia vera L. in Badkhyz».
1991 – defended his thesis for the degree of Doctor of Biological Sciences. Thesis topic «Ecology of the water relations of desert, steppe and meadow plants of Mongolia».

1975-1982 – Laboratory Assistant at the Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.
1982-1991 – Research Assistant at the Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.
1992 – until now – Leading Researcher at the Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.

Grants and research projects:

State assignment

  • 2017-2022. AAAA-A17-117051810115-1 «Molecular and cellular mechanisms of stress-resistant development and production process in Embryophyta taxa with different evolutionary histories».

Project leader:

  • 2013-2015. RFBR № 13-04-00580 «Cryophilia of alpine and arctic grasses».
  • 2011-2012. RFBR №. 11-04-92204-Mong_a «Information potential of xylochronologies of shrubs, dwarf shrubs and grasses of Mongolia».
  • RFBR № 11-04-08297-z «Participation in the 15th Congress of Evolutionary Biology».
  • 2005-2006. RFBR № 05-04-62003-d «Publication of the book «Herbs on the gradient of soil moisture (water exchange and structural and functional organization)»».
  • 2001-2003. RFBR № 01-04-49014-a «Interspecific structural and functional correlations in the leaves of herbaceous plants on the gradients of environmental factors».
  • 1998-2000. RFBR № 98-04-49814-a «Functioning and structure of herbaceous plants on a wide gradient of soil moisture».
  • 1996. RFBR № 96-04-01861-l Vgnn.
  • 1995-1997. RFBR № 95-04-11195-a «Influence of the functional organization of species on their position in the phytocenosis».

Member of research team:

  • 2015-2017. RFBR № 15-04-07736 A «Foundations of the evolutionary variability of the secondary xylem of herbaceous plants».
  • 2010-2012 RFBR № 10-04-01165-a «Functional efficiency of the genome of dicotyledons».
  • 2009-2010. RFBR № 09-04-90206-Mong_a «Herboklimatology: study of the information potential of the structural and functional organization of grasses and dwarf shrubs in Mongolia».
  • 2007-2009. RFBR № 07-04-00834-a «Vacuum of plants: vacuolar mobility and vacuolar transport along the phloem».
  • 2004-2006. RFBR № 04-04-48387-a «Directions of evolution of dicotyledonous leaves associated with differences in the organization of traffic flows in their tissues».
  • 1997. RFBR № 97-04-63024-k «Organization of expeditions by employees of the Botanical Institute on the territory of Russia in 1997».

Other projects:

  • 2015-2019. Project: «Directions of the ecological evolution of vascular plants» of the program of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Evolution of the organic world and planetary processes». Project Manager.
  • TRY Initiative. Dataset 412 (The Global Leaf Traits, author Sergei Sheremetev).

Conferences and workshops:


  • 16th Evolutionary Biology Congress. France, Marseille, September 2012.
  • 15th Congress of Evolutionary Biology. France, Marseille, September 2011.

Professional memberships:


  • Turkmenistan, Badkhyz – 1975-1981.
  • Mongolia – 1983-1991.
  • Russia, Khopersky Nature Reserve – 1993-1997.

Selected publications:


Abaturov, B.D., Baatar, ..., Sheremetyev, S.N. Formation and development of steppe ecosystems in Eastern Mongolia (on the example of the Tumenzogt station). Moscow: KMK Scientific Publishing Association. 2018. 320 p.

Sheremetyev S.N. Herbs on a soil moisture gradient. KMK Scientific Publishing Association, Moscow. 2005. 271 p.

Sheremetyev S.N., Zhargalsaykhan L. Ecology of the water relations of steppe plants in Mongolia. BIN of the USSR Academy of Sciences. 1990. 110 p.


Guillemot J., Martin-StPaul N.K., Bulascoschi L., ... Sheremetiev S. et al. Small and slow is safe: On the drought tolerance of tropical tree species. Global Change Biology. 2022. 28(8): 2622-2638.

Kattge J., Bönisch G., Tautenhahn S., … Sheremetev S. et al. TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Glob Change Biol. 2020. 26: 119-188.

Thomas, H.J.D., Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H.,… Sheremetev S. et al. Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome. Nat Commun. 2020. 11: 1351.

Thomas, HJD, Myers‐Smith, IH, Bjorkman, AD, … Sheremetev S. et al. Traditional plant functional groups explain variation in economic but not size-related traits across the tundra biome. Global Ecol Biogeogr. 2019. 28: 78-95.

Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., … Sheremetev S. et al. Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature. 2018. 562: 57-62.

Sheremetyev S.N., Chebotareva K.E. Modern and Cretaceous Cenozoic diversification of angiosperms. Journal Common Biol. 2018. 79(1): 28-54.

Díaz, S., Kattge, J., Cornelissen, J., … Sheremetev S. et al. The global spectrum of plant form and function. Nature. 2016. 529: 167-171.

Sheremetyev S.N., Gamaley Yu.V., Slemnev N.N., Stepanova A.V., Chebotareva K.E. Variations in the width of tree growth rings on latitudinal and paleolatitude gradients. Journal Common Biol. 2016. 77(5): 359-378.

Gamalei Y.V., Scheremetev S.N. The steps of vascular plant and land ecosystem evolution. Paleontological Journal. 2013. 47(9): 953-960.

Sheremet’ev S.N., Gamalei Y.V. Trends of the Herbs Ecological Evolution. In: Pontarotti P. (eds) Evolutionary Biology: Mechanisms and Trends. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. 2012.

Gamaley Yu.V., Sheremetyev S.N. Trends in the evolution of the genome of terrestrial and secondary aquatic grasses. Cytology. 2011 54(6): 449-458.

Sheremetyev S.N., Gamaley Yu.V., Slemnev N.N. Trends in the evolution of the angiosperm genome. Cytology. 2011. 53(4): 295-312.

Gamaley Yu.V., Sheremetyev S.N. Phylogeny of biomorphs of dicotyledons in the Cenozoic. Bot. zhurn. 2010. 95(6): 777.

Gamaley Yu.V., Sheremetyev S.N. C4 herbs of the Old and New World. Bot. zhurn. 2009. 94(12): 1753-1770.

Sheremetyev S.N., Gamaley Yu.V. Trends in the ecological evolution of herbs. Journal of General Biology. 2009. 70(6): 459-483.

Gamaley Yu.V., Pakhomova M.V., Sheremetyev S.N. Dicotyledonous Cretaceous, Paleogene and Neogene. Terminal phloem adaptogenesis. Journal of General Biology. 2008. 69(3): 220-237.

Gamaley Yu.V., Sheremetyev S.N. The climates of the planet and the ecological evolution of plants. DAN. 2008. 420(2): 275-278.

Gamaley Yu.V., Pakhomova M.V., Sheremetyev S.N. Ecological evolution of the phloem of dicotyledonous plants. DAN. 2007. 416(4): 563-567.

Sheremetyev S.N. On the adaptive significance of sexual dimorphism of flowering plants. Bot. zhurn. 1983. 68(5): 561-571.