Alexey Potemkin

Alexey Potemkin

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Academic degree, academic title: Dr.Sc.

Position: Leading Researcher


Phone number: +7 (812) 372-54-11

Research interests:

  • Flora and systematics of liverworts and hornworts of Russia and adjacent territories.
  • Biology, ecology, morphology, systematics, phytogeography, evolution, phylogeny and classification of bryophytes.

Education and work experience:

1972-1982 — Secondary School 444, Leningrad, USSR.
1987 — MS (equivalent), Botany (Bryology), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Herzen Leningrad Pedagogical Institute, Leningrad, USSR.
1987-1990 — Post Graduate Student, Botany (Bryology), V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, Acad. Sci. USSR, Leningrad.
1990 — Ph.D. thesis «The Hepaticae of the Yamal Peninsula», V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Acad. Sci., St.Petersburg, Russia.
2001 — Doctor Sci. Botany thesis «Evolution, Phylogeny and Classification of the family Scapaniaceae (Hepaticae)», V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Acad. Sci., St. Petersburg, Russia.

1990 — until now — Employee of Komarov Botanical Institute RAS.

Grants and research projects:

Took part in over 20 projects of RFBR (Principal investigator of 8 project of RFBR), 1 project of National Geographic Society USA (Principal Investigator), 1 INTERREG project, etc. Principal investigator of bryological programs of Presidium RAS.

Member of research team:

  • 1998-2007. Inventory of Liverwort flora and ecology of Green Belt of Fennoscandia (Finland and Russia).
  • 1998-2002. Bryophyte flora of the Hunan Province, SE China.
  • 1994-2002. Monographic study of the genus Scapania.
  • 1993-2015. Liverworts of Arctic Polar Deserts.
  • 1992 – until now. The Flora of North America. Treatment of the genus Scapania.
  • 1992-1993. Liverworts of Beringia Land Bridge Natural Preserve and Seward Peninsula, Arctic Alaska.
  • 1990 – until now. Liverworts and Hornworts of Russia and adjacent territories.
  • 1987-1993. Liverworts of the Yamal Peninsula, West Siberian Arctic.
  • 1987 – until now. Liverworts of the Leningrad Region and St. Petersburg territory: inventory and conservation.

Conferences and workshops:

Selected All-Russian and international bryological conferences

Professional memberships:


  • Yamal Peninsula (West Siberian Arctic).
  • Russian and Finnish Karelia.
  • Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Pskov, Novgorod, Tver’, Kirovsk Regions of European Russia.
  • Republic of Kabardino-Balkariya.
  • Altay.
  • Primorye Territory.

Editorial activity:

Scientific-organizational and teaching activities:

  • Acting Chief of Laboratory of Lichenology and Bryology of Komarov Botanical Institute, Nov. 2005 – until now
  • Member of Scientific Council of Komarov Botanical Institute, 2012 – until now
  • Member of Dissertation Council of Komarov Botanical Institute, 2002 – until now
  • Member of Council of Russian Botanical Society, 2003 – until now
  • Chairman of the Bryological Section of the Russian Botanical Society, 1991 – until now
  • Curator of Liverwort and Hornwort Herbarium, V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, RAS, St. Petersburg, 1990 – until now
  • Principal Lecturer of MS students course «Basics of Bryology», 2008 – until now

Selected publications:

Potemkin A.D., Vilnet A.A. Reappraisal of Gymnocolea and description of a new genus Rudolgaea (Anastrophyllaceae, Marchantiophyta). Artctoa. 2021. 30(2): 131-148.

Potemkin A., Bakalin V., Vilnet A. A case of morphological convergence in sections Stephania and Ciliatae of the liverwort genus Scapania (Scapaniaceae, Marchantiophyta) and an extension of the range of S. metahimalayana to China. Journal of Bryology. 2021. 43(4): 339-346.

Potemkin A., Bakalin V., Vilnet A., Klimova K., Kuzmina E. A survey of the section Scapania of the genus Scapania (Scapaniaceae) with description of new species Scapania pseudouliginosa and resurrection of S. gigantea. Bryologist. 2021. 124(4): 569-589.

Potemkin A.D., Vilnet A.A. Lophozia svalbardensis (Lophoziaceae) in continental North America, Greenland and Siberia, its identity, variation and differentiation. Nordic Journal of Botany. 2021: e03380.

Potemkin A.D. Scapania (Dumort.) Dumort. In: Scapaniaceae Migula. Bryophyte Flora of North America, Provisional Publication Missouri Botanical Garden. 2020. 92-126.

Potemkin A.D., Kotkova V.M. Liverworts (Marchantiophyta) and hornworts (Anthocerotophyta) of the Darwinskiy State Nature Biosphere Reserve (within the Vologda Region). Novosti sistematiki nizshikh rastenii. 2019. 53(2): 401-416. [In Russ.]

Potemkin A.D., Rebriev Yu.A. The genus Oxymitra (Marchantiophyta) in Russia. Novosti sistematiki nizshikh rastenii. 2019. 53(2): 417-428.

Potemkin A.D. The poorly known species Scapania schljakovii Potemkin (Scapaniaceae, Marchantiophyta), its gemmae and first record for Bhutan. Journal of Bryology. 2019. 41(2): 174-176.

Mamontov Yu.S., Vilnet A.A., Potemkin A.D. Scapania marsupelloides sp. nov. (Scapaniaceae, Marchantiophyta), a remarkable new species near the base of Scapania phylogeny. Phytotaxa. 2018. 385(2): 55-66.

Potemkin A.D. Calypogeia fissa (Calypogeiaceae, Marchantiophyta) in the Northwestern European Russia. Novosti sistematiki nizshikh rastenii. 2018. 52(1): 173-181.

Potemkin A.D., Doroshina G.Ya., Mikhalenko V.N. Liverworts and mosses at the top of Elbrus (Caucasus) and bryophytes near limits of their altitudinal distribution. Novosti sistematiki nizshikh rastenii. 2018. 52(1): 183-193.

Potemkin A.D., Borovichev E.A., Ginzburg E.G. Calypogeia azurea (Calypogeiaceae, Marchantiophyta) in the Northwestern European Russia. Novosti sistematiki nizshikh rastenii. 2017. 51: 263-273.

Potemkin A.D., Mamontov Yu.S., Gamova N.S. Gymnomitrion fissum (Gymnomitriaceae, Marchantiophyta) — a new species with fissured leaf surface from China. Novosti sistematiki nizshikh rastenii. 2017. 51: 274-280.

Potemkin A.D., Mamontov Yu.S., Sofronova E.V., Kuznetsova O.I. Mesoptychia igiana (S. Hatt.) L. Söderstr. et Váňa (Jungermanniaceae, Marchantiophyta) in Russia. Arctoa. 2015. 24(2): 489-496.

Potemkin A.D., Hentschel J., Sofronova E.V., Mamontov Yu.S. Frullania dorsimamillosa, a unique new species from Central China and the resurrection of Frullania chinlingensis (Frullaniaceae, Marchantiophyta). Phytotaxa. 2015. 227(1): 001-012.

Potemkin A.D., Mamontov Yu.S., Borovichev E.A., Fedosov V.E., Sofronova E.V. The genus Ascidiota (Porellaceae, Marchantiophyta) in North Asia. Journal of Bryology. 2015. 37(1): 49-55.

Sofronova E.V., Mamontov Yu.S., Potemkin A.D. Frullania ignatovii (Porellales, Marchantiophyta) — a new species from Siberia. Novosti sistematiki nizshikh. rastenii. 2013. 47: 334-343. [In Russ. and Engl.]

Potemkin A.D., Sofronova E.V. Taxonomic study on the genus Cephalozia in Russia and circumscription of the genus. Arctoa. 2013. 22: 171-204.

Potemkin A.D., Mamontov Yu.S. On Syzygiella nipponica (Adelanthaceae, Marchantiophyta) and its first record for Russia. Arctoa. 2013. 22: 167-172.

Mamontov Yu.S., Potemkin A.D. Scapania verrucosa Heeg (Scapaniaceae, Marchantiophyta) in Russia. Arctoa. 2013. 22: 145-149.

Potemkin A.D., Sofronova E.V. Liverworts and hornworts of Russia. St. Petersburg–Yakutsk, 2009. Vol. 1: 368 pp. [In Russ. and Engl.]

Potemkin A.D., Piippo S. Koponen T. Bryophyte flora of Hunan Province, China. 4. Diplophyllaceae and Scapaniaceae (Hepaticae). Annales Botanici Fennici. 2004. 41(6): 415-427.

[Potemkin, A.D.] Потемкин А.Д. Heteroscyphus (Geocalycaceae, Hepaticae) – новый род печеночников для России [Heteroscyphus (Geocalycaceae) a new liverwort genus for Russia]. Arctoa. 2004. 13: 67-72. [in Russ., with Engl. summary]

Potemkin A.D. Phylogenetic system and classification of the family Scapaniaceae Mig. emend. Potemkin (Hepaticae). Annales Botanici Fennici. 2002. 39(4):309-334.

Potemkin A.D. Three new species of Scapania (Hepaticae) from India and China. Annales Botanici Fennici. 2001. 38(1): 83-89.

Potemkin A.D. Bryophyte flora of Hunan Province, China. 2. Scapania koponenii sp. nova (Scapaniaceae, Hepaticae). Annales Botanici Fennici. 2000. 37(1): 41-44.

Potemkin A.D. Three new species of Scapania (Hepaticae) collected by Dr. David G. Long in Nepal. Arctoa. 2000. 9: 115-122.

Potemkin A.D. An analysis of the practical taxonomy of some critical northern species of Scapania (Scapaniaceae, Hepaticae). The Bryologist. 1999. 102(1): 32-38.

Potemkin A.D. Circumscription of the family Scapaniaceae with segregation of the new family, Diplophyllaceae (Hepaticae). Annales Botanici Fennici. 1999. 36: 271-283.

Potemkin A.D. On the evolution and classification of Scapania (Hepaticae). Subgenus Plicaticalyx. Annales Botanici Fennici. 1999. 36: 127-136.

Potemkin A.D. Scapania lingulata from Nevada – a new puzzle of the sectio Curtae (Scapaniaceae, Hepaticae). Beih. Haussknechtia. 1999. 9: 291-298.

Potemkin A.D. On the origin, evolution and classification of the genus Scapania (Dum.) Dum. (Scapaniaceae, Hepaticae). Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory. 1998. 85: 33-61.

Potemkin A.D. Contribution to the knowledge of the liverworts of North America. Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica. 1995. 40(1): 323-338.

Potemkin A.D. Studies on Scapania, Hepaticae. Sectio Rufidulae and sectio Nemorosae. Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory. 1994. 77: 273-285.

Potemkin A.D. The Hepaticae of the Yamal Peninsula, West Siberian Arctic. Arctoa. 1993. 2: 57-101.

Potemkin A.D. A new species of Prasanthus (Hepaticae, Gymnomitriaceae) from the Yamal Peninsula, West Siberian Arctic. Annales Botanici Fennici. 1992. 29(4): 319-323.

Konstantinova N.A., Potemkin A.D., Schljakov R.N. Check-list of the Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of the former USSR. Arctoa. 1992. 1: 87-127. [In Russ. and Engl.]