Mikhail Kanevskiy

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Institute of Northern Engineering
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • PO Box 755910
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5910
  • Phone: (907) 474-1905
  • Fax: (907) 474-7041
  • Office: 237 Duckering
  • mkanevskiy@alaska.edu
  • CV

1985: M.S. in Geology (Permafrost and Engineering Geology), Moscow State University, Russia, Permafrost Department. Advisor: Professor N.N. Romanovskii.

2004: Ph.D. in Geology (Permafrost and Engineering Geology) Moscow State University, Russia. Advisor: Professor E.S. Melnikov.

2005-2007: Post Doc, Institute of Northern Engineering, College of Engineering and Mines, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Advisor: Professor Y. Shur.






2007-present: Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Northern Engineering, College of Engineering and Mines, UAF

2005-2007: EPSCoR Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Northern Engineering, College of Engineering and Mines, UAF

2001-2005: Senior Scientist, Earth Cryosphere Institute Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

1995-2001: Senior Expert, Ecolandshaft Inc., Moscow

1993-1994: Senior Scientist, Engineering Geology and Geo-ecology Research Center Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

1991-1992: Senior Expert, Environmental Consulting Company ECOLAS, Moscow

1985-1991: Scientist, USSR Research Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Moscow





Current research interests

  • Permafrost structure and properties
  • Origin and properties of various types of ground ice
  • Geotechnical studies in the areas of ice-rich permafrost
  • Permafrost related geological hazards (thermokarst, thermal erosion, frost heave, slope processes)
  • Engineering and environmental problems associated with climate change 

Recent projects

  • Improving Design Methodologies and Assessment Tools for Building on Permafrost in a Warming Climate (DoD, 2014-2017)
  • Cumulative Effects of Oil Development – planning and designing for sustainability (NSF, 2013-2016)
  • Dynamics and Consequences of Increasing Ice-Wedge Degradation (NSF, 2010-2015)
  • Permafrost Database Development, Characterization, and Mapping for Northern Alaska (FWS, 2012-2014)
  • Collaborative Research: Forty-Thousand Years of Yedoma: an investigation into the spatial heterogeneity and paleo-history of organic-rich permafrost in Alaska (NSF, 2011-2013)
  • Preservation of Traditional Ice Cellars in Permafrost (Exxon, 2010-2011)
  • Geophysical Methods for Arctic/Subarctic Transportation Planning (AKDOT, 2010-2011)
  • Impact of permafrost degradation on carbon and water in boreal ecosystems (NSF, 2007-2011)
  • Effect of aggradation and degradation of ground ice on the evolution of permafrost-dominated landscapes under a changing climate (NSF, 2005-2010)
  • Geotechnical Investigations for the Dalton Highway Innovation Projectas a Case Study of the Ice-Rich Syngenetic Permafrost (AKDOT, 2008-2009)
  • Flux and transformation of organic carbon across the eroding coastline of Northern Alaska (NSF, 2005-2009)

Google Scholar Citations

Selected Publications

Kanevskiy, M., Shur, Y., Strauss, J., Jorgenson, M.T., Fortier, D., Stephani, E., and Vasiliev, A. 2015. Patterns and rates of riverbank erosion involving ice-rich permafrost (yedoma) in northern Alaska. Geomorphology (in press).

Jorgenson, T., Kanevskiy, M.Z., Shur, Y., Moskalenko, N.G., Brown, D.R.N., Wickland, K., Striegl, R., and Koch, J. 2015. Ground Ice Dynamics and Ecological Feedbacks Control Ice-wedge Degradation and Stabilization. JGR Earth Surface (in press).

Kanevskiy, M., Jorgenson, M.T., Shur, Y., O’Donnell, J.A., Harden, J.W., Zhuang, Q., and Fortier, D. 2014. Cryostratigraphy and permafrost evolution in lacustrine lowlands of west-central Alaska. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 25 (1), 14-34, DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1800.

Kanevskiy, M., Shur, Y., Jorgenson, M.T., Ping, C.-L., Michaelson, G.J., Fortier, D., Stephani, E., Dillon, M., Tumskoy, V. 2013. Ground ice in the upper permafrost of the Beaufort Sea Coast of Alaska. Cold Regions Science and Technology 75, 56-70. doi: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2012.08.002

Kanevskiy, M., Shur, Y., Krzewinski, T., Dillon, M. 2013. Structure and Properties of Ice-Rich Permafrost near Anchorage, Alaska. Cold Regions Science and Technology 93, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2013.05.001

Kanevskiy, M., Shur, Y., Connor, B., Dillon, M., Stephani, E., O’Donnell, J. 2012. Study of the ice-rich syngenetic permafrost for road design (Interior Alaska). In: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, June 25-29, 2012, Salekhard, Russia. The Northern Publisher, Salekhard, Russia. Vol. 1: International contributions. Hinkel, K.M. (ed.): 191-196.

Kanevskiy, M.,Shur, Y., Fortier, D., Jorgenson, M.T., and Stephani, E. 2011. Cryostratigraphy of late Pleistocene syngenetic permafrost (yedoma) in northern Alaska, Itkillik River exposure. Quaternary Research 75, 584-596. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2010.12.003.

Kanevskiy, M., Shur, Y., Jorgenson, M.T., Ping, C.-L., Fortier, D., Stephani, E. and Dillon, M. 2011. Permafrost of Northern Alaska. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-first International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference Maui, Hawaii, USA, June 19-24, 2011: 1179-1186.

Shur, Y., Jorgenson, M.T., and Kanevskiy, M.Z. 2011. Permafrost. In (Eds: Singh, V.P., Singh, P., and Haritashya, U.K.):Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series, Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers:841-848. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-2642-2.

Kanevskiy, M., Fortier, D., Shur, Y., Bray, M., Jorgenson, T. 2008. Detailed cryostratigraphic studies of syngenetic permafrost in the winze of the CRREL Permafrost tunnel, Fox, Alaska.In: Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, June 29 – July 3, 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska. Kane, D.L. & Hinkel, K.M. (eds). Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, vol. 1: 889-894.