I graduated from the Saint-Petersburg Forest Technical Academy in 2006 with an Engineer Degree (equivalent to a master’s degree in Finland). Prior to moving to Finland in 2006, I worked for almost four years (2002-2006) for the Russian National Forest Inventory (NFI) at the “SEVZAPLSEPROJECT”, North-West branch of FGUP “ROSLESINFORG”. In Finland I worked for one year in the Finnish NFI team at the Finnish Forest Research Institute (LUKE); where I developed a close collaboration with the Finnish NFI.

I was accepted as a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki in December 2010. In October 2011 I received a four-year grant from the Graduate School in Forest Sciences (GSForest) for full-time doctoral studies (01.01.2012–31.12.2015). On September 25, 2015, I defended my doctoral thesis. Professor Timothy G. Gregoire, of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, U.S.A., served as the opponent, and Professor Bo Dahlin as custos. The dissertation has since been published in the series Dissertationes Forestales 201. It is also available in electronic form through the E-thesis service. On November 10, 2015, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry Council approved my doctoral dissertation with the grade “Pass with Distinction“. Later on April 5, 2016, I was awarded the “Best Doctoral Dissertation in Forest Sciences in 2015 in Finland” by the Finnish Society of Forest Science.


On January 16, 2018,  the Chancellor of the University of Helsinki granted me with the honorary title of Docent in Forest Biometrics.

I maintain an intensive collaboration with the international research community.