The department is engaged in a comprehensive study of the natural environment of the Quaternary period (the last 2.6 million years).
The main areas of research:
-reconstruction of paleovegetation and paleoclimates;
-changes in the relief of the earth’s surface;
-dynamics and distribution of ice sheets;
-history of river valleys and lakes;
-structure of loess-soil series;
-correlation of marine and continental Quaternary paleoarchives;
-natural aspects of the study of archaeological sites;
-geochronology of the Quaternary period;
-laboratory and analytical methods for studying loose sediments.
Areas of work: northern, central and southern regions of the East European Plain, the Caucasus and Ciscaucasia, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia, Altai and the Sayan-Tuva Upland, Yakutia, Kamchatka
Laboratory of evolutionary geography
Environmental paleoarchives laboratory