International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, AT
Senior Research Scholar Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Professor Shvidenko graduated from the National Agricultural University of Ukraine (forestry) and the Kiev State University (applied mathematics and theory of probability). He received his Candidate of Science (PhD) degree in mathematical modeling of growth and productivity of forest in 1968 and his Doctor of Science degree in forestry in 1982. Before joining IIASA, he was the Director of the All-Russian Scientific Research and Information Center for Forest Resources in Moscow. Professor Shvidenko’s main fields of interest are forest inventory, monitoring, mathematical modeling, global change, and boreal forests. He has authored and coauthored over 340 scientific publications, including 14 books. He served as lead author and coordinating lead author in the Third Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th IPCC Assessments. He has taken part in a number of important international global change activities and initiatives as member of steering committees and councils (Global Terrestrial Observing System, Terrestrial Carbon Observation Panel, FAO Forest Resource Assessment, International Boreal Forest Research Association, Scientific Council of the World Commission on Forestry and Sustainable Development, Siberian National Committee on IGBP, etc.). In 2008 he received three major awards: Academician of the Ukrainian Forestry Academy, Kiev; Honorary Professor of the Ukrainian National Agricultural University; and was among the network of scientists who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC.