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FSBI "VNIIOkeangeologia"

Leichenkov German
Leichenkov German

Deputy Director General for Research (Antarctica)

Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences


Higher education

Academic career

Scientific interests

Research and development projects since 2013

  1. Geology and tectonics of Central Antarctica from geological proxy record and geophysical data (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, RFBR) - Head;
  2. Environment and geology of subglacial Lake Vostok in Central Antarctica (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, RFBR) - Head;
  3. Deep structure, thermal evolution and magmatism of the East Antarctic transitional zones and adjacent oceans (Russian Science Foundation, RSF) -Head;
  4. Tectonic Map of Antarctica: 2-nd Edition with Explanatory Note (Commission for Geological Map of the World; CGMW) - Head;
  5. Paleobathymetric grids of the Cenozoic Southern Ocean (International Project within the PAIS SCAR scientific Program) - coauthor;
  6. Geological and geophysical study and assessment of the mineral potential of the subsoil of Antarctic continent and its marginal seas as part of the 61st RAE, 62rd RAE and 63rd RAE, compiling summary maps of the geological content of 1: 1,000,000 - 1: 2,500,000 central sector of East Antarctica (Glacier region Denman, Land of Queen Mary), (State task of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use) - head.
  7. Geological and geophysical study and assessment of the mineral potential of the subsoil of Antarctica and its marginal seas as part of the 64th RAE; compilation of summary maps of geological content of 1: 2,500,000 scale of the western sector of East Antarctica (eastern part of the Queen Maud Land) ”(State task of the Federal Agency for Subsoil Use) - head. 


Significant publications during the past 5 years Totally: 120 Scientific papers, 3 Monographs, 6 Maps

  1. Fretwell P., Pritchard H.D., et al. 2013. Bedmap2: Improved ice bed, surface and thickness datasets for Antarctica.  The Cryosphere.  Vol. 7. pp. 375–393;
  2. Whittaker J., Goncharov A., Williams S., Müller R.D., Leitchenkov G. 2013. Global Sediment Thickness Dataset updated for the Australian-Antarctic Southern Ocean. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. DOI:10.1002/ggge.20181;
  3. Leitchenkov G.L., Guseva Yu.B., Gandyukhin V.V., Ivanov S.V., Safronova L.V. 2014. Structure of the Earth’s crust and tectonic evolution history of the Southern Indian Ocean (Antarctica). 2014. Geotectonika. Vol. 48, No1, pp.8-28;
  4. Kennicutt II M.C., Chown S., et al. 2014. Six priorities for Antarctic science. Nature Comments. Vol. 512. P. 23–25;
  5. Kennicutt II M.C., Chown S.L, et al. 2014. A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next 2 two decades and beyond. Antarctic Science. 2014. Vol. P 1–16. doi:10.1017/S0954102014000674;
  6. Scheinert M., Ferraccioli F., Schwabe J., Bell R., Studinger M., Damaske D., Jokat W., Aleshkova N., Jordan T., Leitchenkov G., Blankenship D. D., Damiani T. M., Young D., Cochran J. R., Richter TD. 2016. New Antarctic Gravity Anomaly Grid for Enhanced Geodetic and Geophysical Studies in Antarctica. Geoph. Res. Let. Vol. 43. doi:10.1002/2015GL067439;
  7. Leitchenkov G., Antonov A., Luneov P., Lipenkov V. 2016. Geology and environments of subglacial Lake Vostok. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A.  Vol. 374, 20140303. (doi: 10.1098/rsta.2014.0303);
  8. Petrov O, Shokalsky S., Grikurov G., Leitchenkov G., Pospelov I. 2016. I. Commission for the Geological Map of the World. 60 years of Russia’s participation. CGMW. St- Petersburg, VSEGEI. 32p.;
  9. Vasilyev N.I., Leychenkov G.L., Zagrivny E.A. 2017. Prospects of obtaining samples of bottom sediments from Subglacial Lake Vostok. Zapiski Gornogo Instituta. Vol. 224, pp.199-208.

        2018 year

  1. Leitchenkov G.L., Belyatsky B.V., Kaminsky V.D. 2018. The age of rift-related basalts in East Antarctica. Doklady Earth Sciences. Doklady Earth Sciences. Vol. 478, Part 1, pp. 11–14;
  2. Leitchenkov G.L., Dubinin E.P., Grokholsky A.L., Agranov G.D. 2018. Formation and Evolution of Microcontinents of the Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Indian Ocean. Geotectonics, 2018, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp. 499–515;
  3. Galushkin Yu.I., Leitchenkov G.L., Guseva Yu.B., Dubinin E.P. 2018. The Stretching Amplitude and Thermal Regime of the Lithosphere in the NonVolcanic Passive Margin of Antarctica in the Mawson Sea Region. Physics of the Solid Earth. Vol. 54. No. 1, pp. 79–90;
  4. Klimke J., Franke D., Mahanjane E.S., Leitchenkov G. 2018. Tie-points for Gondwana reconstructions from a structural interpretation of the Mozambique Basin, East Africa, and the Riiser-Larsen Sea, Antarctica. Solid Earth. Vol. 9, pp. 25–37;
  5. Paxman1 G.J.G, Jamieson S.S.R, Ferraccioli F., Bentley M.J., Ross N., Armadillo E., Gasson E.G.W, Leitchenkov G,  DeConto R.M. 2018. Bedrock Erosion Surfaces Record Former East Antarctic Ice Sheet Extent. Geoph. Res. Letters. Doi: org/10.1029/2018GL077268;
  6. Sushchevskaya N.M., Belyatsky B.V., Tkacheva D.A., Leitchenkov G.L., Kuzmin D.V., Zhilkina A.V. Early Cretaceous alkaline magmatism of East Antarctica (peculiarity, conditions of formation abd relationship with the Kerguelen Plume). Geochemistry International. Vol. 56. No. 11, pp., pp. 1051–1070;
  7. Mikhalsky E.V., Leitchenkov G.L. (Eds.). 2018. Geological map of Mac.Robertson Land, Princess Elizabeth Land, and Prydz Bay (East Antarctica) in scale 1:1 000 000 (Map Sheet and Explanatory Notes). St.-Petersburg. VNIIOkeangeologia;
  8. Leitchenkov G.L., Galushkin Yu.I., Guseva Yu.B., Dubinin E. Evolution of Sedimentary Basin in the Cooperation Sea based on Numerical modeling. Geology and Geophysics. In Press 

Research Activities

Teaching activities

Saint-Petersburg State University, Institute of Earth Sciences: