Bronnikova Maria

Senior Research Scientist
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Department of Soil Geography and Evolution


Senior Research Scientist, Department of Soil Geography and Evolution

Scientific qualifications

2001 — PhD (Candidate of Sciences)

1995 — Graduated as certified specialist, soil science, soil geography, Moscow State University   

Research interests

Pedogenesis, paleopedology, soil morphology and micromorphology with special interest in layered pedofeatures as a source of soil memory (textural pedofeatures, carbonate pendants), soils in time and space, soil as a memory (archive) of environmental change, multiproxy records of environmental change, pedoarchaeology, geoarchaeology, soils of ultracontinental regions.

Study areas

European part of Russia, North Caucasus, Kazakhstan, West Siberia, South Siberia.

Professional membership

1999 — present: Dokuchaev Soil Science Society membership

International experience

1996-1997 — guest researcher in the Institute of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden: training and practical work in pollen analysis.

Co-organizer of following meetings and field excursions of the international level:

  • Geomorphic Processes and Geoarchaeology to Archaeotoutism, Geoarchaeology WG of International Association of Geomorphologists, supported by INQUA TERPRO Comission. Moscow-Smolensk, Russia, 2012;
  • XIIth International Symposium and Field Workshop on Paleopedology “Paleosols, pedosediments and landscape morphology as environmental archives”, Kursk, Russia, 2013;
  • “Mammoth” ultra-continental WRB field workshop. Sakha (Yakutia), 2013;
  • “Russian Altai in the Late Pleistocene and the Holocene: Geomorphological catastrophes and landscape rebound», International Association of Geomorphologists, Russian Association of Geomorphologists joint Regional Conference 2015, post-conference field tour.

Invited editor of the pecial volume 01/2014 “Human dimensions of palaeoenvironmental change: Geomorphic processes and geoarchaeology”

Selected Publications

Bronnikova M.A., Konoplianikova Yu.V., Agatova A.R., Zazovskaya E.P., Lebedeva M.P. Coatings in Cryoaridic Soils and Other Records of Landscape and Climate Changes in the Ak-Khol Lake Basin (Tyva). Eurasian Soil Science, 2017, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 142–157. 2017. DOI: 10.1134/S1064229317020016

Bronnikova M.A., Panin A.V., Murasheva V.V., Golyeva A.A. (2016) Soil micromorphology in archaeology: history, objectives, possibilities and prospects. Byulleten Pochvennogo instituta im. V.V. Dokuchaeva, 2016. Vol. 86, p.p. 35-45. DOI: 10.19047/0136-1694-2016-86-35-45

Gerasimova M.I., Bronnikova M.A., Khitrov N.B., Shorkunov I.G.  Hierarchical morphogenetic analysis of Kursk Chernozem. // Byulleten Pochvennogo instituta im. V.V. Dokuchaeva, том 86, с. 35-45. 2016. Vol. 86, .p.p. 64-76. DOI: 10.19047/0136-1694-2016-86-64-76

Agatova A.R., Nepop R.K., Bronnikova M.A., Slyusarenko I.Yu, Orlova L.A. Human occupation of South Eastern Altai highlands (Russia) in the context of environmental changes // Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 8(3), 2016, p.p. 419-440. DOI 10.1007/s12520-014-0202-7

Agatova, A.R., Nepop R.K., Bronnikova M.A. Outburst floods of the ice-dammed lakes in the SW of Tuva, southern Siberia // Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie (Annals of Geomorphology). 2015 V.59, P. 159-175. DOI: 10.1127/zfg_suppl/2015/S-00203

Bronnikova MA, Panin AV, Uspenskaya ON, Fuzeina Y, Turova I (2014) Late Pleistocene-Holocene environmental changes in ultracontinental subarid permafrost affected landscapes of the Terkhol' Basin, South Siberia. Catena 112:99–111, DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2013.08.020

Panin Andrey V.,  Bronnikova Maria A. Human dimensions of palaeoenvironmental change: Geomorphic processes and geoarchaeology // Quaternary International. 01/2014; 324:1–5. DOI: 10.1016/S1040-6182(14)00125-6.

 A.V. Panin, M. A. Bronnikova, O. N. Uspenskaya, I. A. Arzhantseva, E. A. Konstantinov, A. V. Koshurnikov, E. V. Selezneva, Yu. N. Fuzeina, and E. D. Sheremetskaya Evolution of Tere-Khol Lake and the Holocene Dynamics of the Environment in the Southeastern Part of the Sayan-Tuva Highland // Doklady Earth Sciences, 2012, Vol. 446, Part 2, pp. 1204–1210

M.A. Bronnikova, I.V. Turova, E.P. Kuznetsova, D.N. Kozlov, O.S. Khokhlova Soils of cryogenic subarid steppe landscapes in the Terekhol intermountain depression of the Sangilen upland // Eurasian Soil Science, 2011, Vol. 44, N6, p.p. 643-659.

Bronnikova M.A., Panin A.V., Turova I.V., Uspenskaya O.N., Kuznetsova E.P., Khokhlova O.S. Сryo-geomorphological soil evolution on islands of Terekhol Lake, Tyva, Southern Siberia // Eurasian Soil Science, 2010, Vol. 43, No 13. Р. 1503-1514

Bronnikova M.A., Turova I.V., Vafeev R.A., Arzhantseva I.A. Early-Medieval Uigurian fortress Por-Bajin (Republic of Tyva): building materials and sources of row materials on the evidence of morphological and bulk chemical data. // Thiemeyer, Heinrich (Ed) Archaeological Soil Micromorphology — Contributions to the Archaeological Soil Micromorphology Working Group Meeting 3rd to 5th April 2008, Frankfurter Geowiss. Arb., D30: Serie D.; Frankfurt a.M, 2009. P. 15-23.

Bronnikova M.A. Silicate illuviation cutans as a block of soil memory In: Soil memory: Soil as memory of bio-geo-anthroposphere interactions Edrs.: V.O. Targulian, S.V. Goryachkin. Moscow: 2008, p.p. 468-497. (In Russian)

Bronnikova M.A., Targulian V.O. Cutans’ assemblage in texturally-differenciated soil.

(case study for Albeluvisols of the East-European Plain). Moscow: Akademkniga, 2005.197 p. (In Russian)

Bronnikova M.A., Zazovskaya E.P., Bobrov A.A. Local landscape evolution related to human-impact of an early medieval pre-urban center in the upper Dnieper region (Central Russian Plain): an interdisciplinary experience. // Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas, 2003. Vol. 20, N3, p.p. 245-262