Valery I. Astakhov is Professor of Sedimentary Geology at the Institute of Earth Sciences of St. Petersburg State University, Russia. He has also served as Adjunct Professor at two Norwegian universities, and as a field geologist in many arctic expeditions, including international projects. His main research interest is the recent geological history of northern Eurasia. His principal research achievements are the detection and documentation of a specific Siberian type of inland glaciation in perennially frozen terrains, as well as the Kara Sea centre of former glaciation, now universally accepted by the scientific community. He is the author of 160 research papers and several Russian textbooks.