Ivan Kulakov

Main steps of the scientific career:

June, 1991: Master degree at the Novosibirsk State University, Specialty Geophysics.

1991 – today: Permanent research positions at the Institute of Geology, Institute of Geophysics (many different names of the same institution)

June, 1995: PhD THESIS at the United Institute of Geology, Geophysics and Mineralogy, SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Specialty Geophysics.

1996-1997: Postdoc at the Geosciences Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.

2002-2004: Three years of postdoc position at GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (SFB 267), Germany.

2006: One year of postdoc position at GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (MERAMEX Project), Germany.

May, 2007: Habilitation (Doktor Nauk) at Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, SB RAS, Novosibirsk.

2007-2013: External part-time worker at the Schlumberger Moscow Research Center

Since 2008: Lecturer at Novosibirsk State University

Since 2008: Head of Laboratory of Seismic Tomography at IPGG SB RAS

Since 2016: Professor of Russian Academy of Sciences

Since 2017: Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences

2017-2022: Vice-Director of IPGG and Head of the Geophysical Department

Since 2023: Full Professor at Skoltech

Ivan Koulakov was a head of laboratory of seismic tomography at IPGG SB RAS, which performed the full cycle of seismological studies starting from installation of seismic network and development of algorithms for seismic data analysis to calculation of seismic models of real geological objects and interpretation. Ivan Koulakov has performed investigations of various geological structures throughout the world, such as active volcanoes, fault zones, rifting systems, geothermal fields, collision and subduction zones. He has created an algorithm for local earthquake tomography LOTOS (Koulakov, 2009), which is available in open access and used by many researchers worldwide. There are other modifications of this algorithm developed by Ivan Koulakov that provide the information about seismic anisotropy, attenuation and temporal changes. He has created an algorithm for surface-wave tomography inversion based on the ambient noise data. Most of the tomography results published by Ivan Koulakov and coauthors are accompanied with geological interpretation.

From 2017 to 2023, Ivan Koulakov published 78 peer-reviewed papers.
In Scopus (19.08.23), the number of articles is 170, citation is 4255, h-index is 38.
In Google Scholar, citation is 6306, h-index is 45.

Selected publications:

Koulakov, I., D’Auria, L., Prudencio, J., Cabrera-Pérez, I., Pérez, N.M., Ibáñez, J.M. (2023). Local earthquake seismic tomography reveals the link between crustal structure and volcanism in Tenerife (Canary Islands), Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth,  DOI: 10.1029/2022JB025798 .

Koulakov I., Izbekov P., Eichelberger J., Al Arifi N., and Qaysi S.I. (2023). Interconnection of Magma Sources beneath the Katmai Volcanic System Inferred from Seismic Tomography and Petrology, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 434, 107744,  DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2023.107744

Koulakov I., V. Schlindwein, M. Liu, T. Gerya, A. Jakovlev and A. Ivanov (2021) Low-degree mantle melting controls deep seismicity and explosive volcanism of the Gakkel Ridge, Nature Communications, 13:3122 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-30797-4

Koulakov I.Yu. (2022) Seismic Tomography of Kamchatkan Volcanoes. Russ. Geol. Geophys. doi: https://doi.org/10.2113/RGG20214380

Koulakov, I., Komzeleva, V, and S.Z. Smirnov and S.B. Bortnikova (2021), Magma-fluid interactions beneath Akutan Volcano in the Aleutian Arc based on the results of local earthquake tomography, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth. 126, e2020JB021192 DOI: 10.1029/2020JB021192.

Koulakov, I., Plechov, P.Yu., Mania, R., Walter, T.R., Smirnov, S.Z., Abkadyrov I., Jakovlev, A., Davydova V., Senyukov S.L., Bushenkova, N.A., Novgorodova, A.M., Stupina, T.A., and Droznina, S.Ya. (2021). Anatomy of the Bezymianny volcano merely before an explosive eruption on 20.12.2017, Scientific Reports, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81498-9.

Koulakov I., N. Shapiro, C. Sens-Shoenefelder, E.I. Gordeev, A.V. Jakovlev, I. Abkadyrov, D. Chebrov, N. Bushenkova, S. Droznina, S. Senyukov, A. Novgorodova, and T. Stupina (2020), Mantle sources of magmatic activity in the Northern group of volcanoes in Kamchatka inferred from earthquake tomography, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, e2020JB020097. DOI:10.1029/2020JB020097.

Koulakov I., E. Boychenko and S.Z. Smirnov (2020), Magma chambers and meteoric fluid flows beneath the Atka volcanic complex (Aleutian Islands) inferred from local earthquake tomography, Geosciences, 10, 214; doi:10.3390/geosciences10060214.

Koulakov I., Komzeleva V., Abkadyrov I., Kugaenko Yu, El Khrepy S. and Al Arifi N. (2019). Unrest of the Udina volcano in Kamchatka inferred from the analysis of seismicity and seismic tomography, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 379, 45-59, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2019.05.006.

Koulakov I., S.Z. Smirnov, V. Gladkov, E. Kasatkina, M. West, S. El Khrepy, N. Al-Arifi (2018), Causes of volcanic unrest at Mt. Spurr in 2004-2005 inferred from repeated tomography, Scientific Reports, 18-20196-T, DOI : 10.1038/s41598-018-35453-w

Koulakov I., and C. A. Vargas, (2018). Evolution of the magma conduit beneath the Galeras volcano inferred from repeated seismic tomography, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1029/2018GL078850.

Koulakov I., T. Gerya, B.K. Rastogi, A. Jakovlev, I. Medved, J.R. Kayal., S. El Khrepy, N. Al-Arifi (2018). Growth of mountain belts in central Asia triggers a new collision zone in central India, Scientific Reports, 8: 10710, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-29105-2.

Koulakov I. et al. (2017). Three different types of plumbing system beneath the neighboring active volcanoes of Tolbachik, Bezymianny, and Klyuchevskoy in Kamchatka, J. Geophys.Res. Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JB014082.

Lecturer at Novosibirsk State University. Russian and English versions of the course “Seismic Tomography”.
Online Coursera course “Seismic Tomography”, which was moved to the Open Education platform: https://openedu.ru/course/nsu/Seismography/?session=spring_2023
In 2018-2019: Organization of the summer school for the students from King Saud University (KSU, Saudi Arabia) at IPGG SB RAS in Novosibirsk.

In Skoltech:

In 2023, developed the course “Petroleum Geophysics” with an overview of different geophysical methods (3 credits, now expanded to 6 credits).

Since 2023 gives the course “Seismic Timography” (3 credits).