Today (Thursday March 15) I got to go over to the Pacific Institute of Geography (TIG) to have a one-on-one consultation with Anatoly Kachur, the institute’s deputy director (=#2 in charge). He rocks!
I got to meet Kachur because I take a class (“Nature Protection and Regional Environmental Issues”) with him at the Environment Institute of Far Eastern State University. (It is common for universities to attract scientists from their city’s scientific institutes to read a lecture for a semester every now and then.) Kachur’s lectures are all inevitably on topics of great interest to me, from resource use to ecological monitoring, and are quite good (although he talks so fast that many of the Russian students simply give up on taking notes); plus it is immediately obvious that Anatoly has a ton of experience and a wealth of knowledge. He has traveled in the
Kachur invited me to TIG to consult with him about reading and sources for my research, particularly related the history of resource use and development of the