Since 2011, Dr Pavel Krasilnikov is heading the Land Resources Department, Eurasian Center for Food Security of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Previously he headed the Soil Ecology & Soil Geography Laboratory, Institute of Biology, Karelian Research Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia. His major areas of specialization are: soil genesis, soil geography, soil classification, soil mineralogy and micromorphology. In 2001-2009 he served as professor at the Laboratory of Soil Science, the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
He graduated from Moscow State University in 1992 with a degree in Soils Science and Agrochemistry and obtained his PhD in 1996. He was also awarded with the Doctor of Biological Science degree in 2009.
He carried out several research projects mainly focused on soil and food security, soil geography and soil geomorphology, soil databases and soil information. He is a member of the Central Committee of the Docuchaev’s (Russian) Soil Science Society and member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana, Eurasian Soil Science and Geoderma.
He serves as a vice-chair of the Commission 1.4. “Soil Classification” of the International Union of Soil Science and as a member of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (FAO).