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
  • 237 Duckering
  • mkanevskiy@alaska.edu

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

Gilbert, G.L., Kanevskiy, M., and Murton, J.B. 2016. Recent advances (2008–2015) in the study of ground ice and cryostratigraphy. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 27 (4): 377-389. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1912

Kanevskiy, M., Shur, Y., Strauss, J., Jorgenson, M.T., Fortier, D., Stephani, E., and Vasiliev, A. 2016. Patterns and rates of riverbank erosion involving ice-rich permafrost (yedoma) in northern Alaska. Geomorphology 253: 370-384. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.10.023

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 120 (11): 2280-2297. doi:10.1002/2015JF003602

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.