• Jo Browse, University of Leeds, UK
  • Robert Way, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Kristina Brown, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
  • Andrian Vlakhov, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Josefine Lenz, University of Potsdam and Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Yulia Zaika, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Andrian Vlakhov Andrian Vlakhov PhD Candidate
Cultural and Social Anthropology
European University at St. Petersburg, Russia

Andrian Vlakhov is a PhD Candidate in Cultural and Social Anthropology working in the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. His research focuses on the industrial towns of the Russian and Scandinavian Arctic, particularly on the issues of social sustainability and post-industrial transitions in such settlements. He is also interested in the cross-border cooperation and international relations in the Arctic. His upcoming PhD thesis focuses on the Russian settlements in Svalbard. Andrian Vlakhov has been involved in several international Arctic research and education bodies, including IASC, UArctic and ISIRA. In addition to that, he has been taking part in numerous research projects funded by Russian and Western foundations.


List of publications


  1. Vlakhov A. V. Resursy v rossiiskoi chasti Barentseva Evro-Arkticheskogo regiona kak marker identichnosti (Resources in the Russian part of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region as an identity marker) // V. N. Davydov, D. V. Arzyutov (eds.) Sibirskii Sbornik – 4. Grani sotsial’nogo: Antropologicheskie perspektivy issledovaniia sotsialnykh otnoshenii i kul’tury. St. Petersburg: MAE RAN, 2014. Pp. 189– 199.
  2. Andrian Vlakhov. Regional’naia identichnost v rossiiskoi chasti Barentseva Evro-Arkticheskogo regiona (Identities in the Russian North within the framework of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region) // Yelena Belokurova, Maria Nozhenko (eds.) Sdelano v Evrope: vzglyad rossiiskikh issledovatelei (Made in Europe: Russian researchers’ insight). St. Petersburg: Norma, 2014. Vol. 2. Pp. 151–184.
  3. Andrian Vlakhov. Review of: Anna Sirina. Evenki and Evens in the Modern World: Self- Consciousness, Nature Management and World View. Moscow: Vostochnaia literatura, 2012. // Antropologichesky Forum (Forum for Anthropology and Culture), vol. 23 (2014). Pp. 269–276.
  4. Andrian Vlakhov. Conference report: Arctic Frontiers 2015: Climate and Energy (18–23 January 2015, Tromsø, Norway). The Polar Journal. Vol. 5 (2), 2015. Pp. 470–472. DOI:10.1080/2154896X.2015.1089671
  5. (in print) Gnatenko A., Vlakhov A. The “zig-zags” of Russian North: what identifies the Future visions of Russian Arctic regions? // Papers of the international project “Assessing Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources, and Governance”.



Josefine Lenz Josefine Lenz PhD Candidate
Periglacial Research Section
Alfred Wegener Institute, Potsdam, Germany

I`m a Geographer and about to finish my PhD at the Alfred Wegener Institute in the Periglacial Research Section in Potsdam, Germany. I´m interested in past landscape changes in permafrost areas. Here, I use sediment cores from lakes and drained basins to reconstruct paleo-environments. My study sites are currently located in central-eastern Beringia, namely in Alaska where a former land bridge connected Eurasia and North America allowing first human migration into the “New World”. But I was also able to conduct research in the western Canadian Arctic where I studied lake sediments and permafrost outcrops. I`m grateful to have gained so many experiences by organizing field work, participating in conferences and workshops and develop my skills within the IASC Fellowship program.


List of publications


  1. Lenz, J., Wetterich, S., Jones, B.M., Meyer, H., Bobrov, A. and Grosse, G. (in press). Evidence of multiple thermokarst lake generations from an 11 800-year-old permafrost core on the northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Boreas. DOI: 10.1111/bor.12186
  2. Lenz, J., Grosse, G., Jones, B.M., Walter Anthony, K.M., Bobrov, A., Wulf, S. and Wetterich, S. (2016). Mid-Wisconsin to Holocene Permafrost and Landscape Dynamics based on a Drained Lake Basin Core from the Northern Seward Peninsula, Northwest Alaska. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 27: 56–75. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1848
  3. Lenz, J., Fritz, M., Schirrmeister, L., Lantuit, H., Wooller, M.J., Pollard, W.H. and Wetterich. S. (2013). Periglacial landscape dynamics in the western Canadian Arctic: Results from a thermokarst lake record on a push moraine (Herschel Island, Yukon Territory). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 381–382, 15–25. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.04.009
  4. Fritz, M., Unkel, I., Lenz, J., Gajewski, K., Frenzel, P., Paquette, N., Lantuit, H., Körte, L., Wetterich, S. (under review). Holocene regional environmental change versus local signal preservation in thermokarst lake sediments: a case study from Herschel Island, Yukon (Canada). Paleolimnology