Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellow at the Scott Polar Research Institute, the University of Cambridge, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, 2000), Candidate of Sciences in Geography (Moscow State University, 2004), Docent in Cartography (2011).
Olga graduated with honors from the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics of Moscow State University in 1996, then studied at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain (Department of Geography, Scott Polar Research Institute and Trinity College, M.Phil., 1997; Ph.D., 2000), and stayed on as a Research Fellow in Geography (Scott Polar Research Institute and Trinity Hall, 2000-2002). Since 2000, she also reconnected with Moscow State University, where she finally returned in 2002, to the Laboratory of Aerospace Methods.
Olga is a geographer who studies northern vegetation, its dynamics in the context of anthropogenic impacts and climate change, as well as natural hazards in high mountains (debris flows, glacial lake outburst floods). She makes maps from Earth observation imagery. She has been the organizer and participant of expeditions to Kola Peninsula, Yakutia (Sakha), Taimyr Peninsula, and the mountains of Central Asia, Canada and Peru. She continues to cooperate with her second alma mater, the University of Cambridge. Over past decades she has led many joint scientific projects on the dynamics of forest and tundra vegetation, exchanges of students and research staff. A multidisciplinary project on the dynamics of the northern forests of Russia in the context of climate change is currently nearing completion. The partners include the University of Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey, Moscow State University, the Institute of Geography and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Thanks to the combination of unique skills in this research consortium, dynamic changes of Russian forests since 2000 has been mapped and compared with climatic trends.