Year of Birth:  1976


Russia, 119071, Moscow, Leninsky Avenue, 33

A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of RAS

Phone: +7 916 935 11 36


Academic Degree:

doctor of ecology

Official Capacity:

  • acting head of Laboratory of Ecological Soil Functions of A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution,
  • senior researcher


Research Areas:

soil fauna, biogeography, biogeochemistry, woodlice, forest fires, stable isotopes, spatial ecology

Work as a Visiting Researcher Abroad:

  • 2001-2002 – guest scientist, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden,
  • 2003 – guest scientist, Norwegian University of Agricultural Sciences, Ås, Norway,
  • 2013 – guest scientist, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Florence, Italy

Membership in Professional Societies:

  • member of the Russian Entomological Society,
  • member of Scandinavian Ecological Society OIKOS,
  • member of British Ecological Society,
  • editorial board member of “Applied Soil Ecology”,
  • editorial board member of “Arid Ecosystems”


Total Number of Publications: more than 40

Main Publications:

  • Butenko K.O., Gongalsky K.B., Korobushkin D.I., Ekschmitt K., Zaitsev A.S. Forest fires alter the trophic structure of soil nematode communities // Soil Biology and Biochemistry. Vol. 109. P. 107-1117.
  • Zaitsev A.S., Gongalsky K.B., Malmström A., Persson T., Bengtsson J. Why are forest fires generally neglected in soil fauna research? A mini–review // Applied Soil Ecology. 2016.   98. P. 261-271.
  • Zaitsev A.S., Gongalsky K.B., Bengtsson J., Persson T. Connectivity of litter islands remaining after a fire and unburnt forest determines the recovery of soil fauna // Applied Soil Ecology. 2014. 83. P. 101-108.
  • Zaitsev A.S., Gongalsky K.B., Nakamori T., Kaneko N. Ionizing radiation effects on soil biota: Application of lessons learned from Chernobyl accident for radioecological monitoring // Pedobiologia. 2014. Vol. 57. P. 5-14.
  • Korobushkin D.I., Gongalsky K.B., Tiunov A.V. Isotopic niche (δ13С and δ15N values) of soil macrofauna in temperate forests // Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. Vol. 28. P. 1303-1311.
  • Гонгальский К.Б. Лесные пожары и почвенная фауна. 2014. М.: КМК. 169 c.
  • Gongalsky K.B., Persson T. Recovery of soil macrofauna after wildfires in boreal forests // Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2013. Vol. 57. P. 182-191.
  • Gongalsky K.B., Malmström A., Zaitsev A.S., Shakhab S.V., Bengtsson J., Persson T. Do burned areas recover from inside? An experiment with soil fauna in a heterogeneous landscape // Applied Soil Ecology. 2012. 59. P. 73-86.
  • Kuznetsova D.M., Gongalsky K.B. Cartographic analysis of woodlice fauna of the former USSR // ZooKeys. 2012. 176. P. 1-11.
  • Роль почвы в формировании и сохранении биоразнообразия / Ред. Г.В.Добровольский, И.Ю. Чернов, А.А. Бобров, Т.Г. Добровольская, Л.В. Лысак, В.Г. Онипченко, К.Б. Гонгальский, А.С. Зайцев, В.А. Терехова, Т.А. Соколова, В.Г. Терехин, Е.В. Шмарикова, О.В. Чернова. М.: Т-во научных изданий КМК. 273 с.