In 1968 graduated from Moscow State University, Geography Faculty.
Doctor of Geography (1984), Professor (1990), Corresponding Member of the Russian Science Academy (2000), Academician of the Russian Science Academy (2008).
Heads the Department of Geochemistry of Landscapes and Geography of Soils, President Geographical Faculty in Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov.
Published more than 300 works, including 120 over the past five years.
14 candidates of sciences, 1 doctor of sciences were trained.
Chairman of the Academic Council in the Geography Faculty of the Moscow State University; the Dissertation Council in the Moscow State University; the Russian Federation Education Ministry Scientific and Methodologic Council on the Environment protection; the Deputy Chairman of the National Committee of Russian Geographers; the Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on the Geosphere and Biosphere Program; the Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Fundamental Geographical Problems, the Expert Council of the Russian Science Foundation.
Сhief editor of the journal "Bulletin of Moscow University, series of Geography"; Сo-editor of the journal "Geography, Environment, Sustainability" (Russia); Member of the editorial boards of journals: "Information of the Russian Science Academy, series of Geography ", "Information of the Russian Geographical Society ", "Ecology and Life ", "Ecology of Russia " and some others.
Awarded the Order of Friendship, the medal "To commemorate the 850th anniversary of Moscow", the signs "Honorary Higher Education Worker of Russia", "Honorary Surveyor", "Honorary Hydrologist and meteorologist", Lomonosov Prizes of Moscow State University - for pedagogical activities in 1998 and for a series of scientific works on geochemistry of natural and techno genic landscapes in 2000.
Laureate of the Russian Federation Government prizes in the field of education (2001, 2012), science and technology (2004).