Dr Andrey Zhidkin received his M.S. and PhD in Soil Science from Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU) in 2006 and 2010, respectively. His research interests are focused on Soil Erosion, Land degradation and sustainability, Pedology and geochemistry. Since 2021 he is a Head of Soil Erosion Laboratory at Department of “Physics, hydrology and erosion of soils”, Federal Research Centre “V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute”.