Anastassia M. Makarieva

Short CV

Anastassia Makarieva graduated from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, Faculty of Physics and Mechanics, in 1996 and obtained her PhD in atmospheric physics from St. Petersburg State University in 2000. Since 1996, she has been working in the Theoretical Physics Division of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute investigating the life-environment interactions in the framework of the biotic regulation concept founded by Prof. Victor Gorshkov. In co-authorship with V.G. Gorshkov, Anastassia formulated the concept of the biotic pump of atmospheric moisture highlighting key ecological feedbacks on atmospheric moisture transport (2007) and, in cooperation with an international team of colleagues, demonstrated the existence of life’s metabolic optimum (broadly universal rate of energy consumption across life’s kingdoms) (2008). Combining theoretical work with field observations, Anastassia spent over sixty months doing forest research in the Russian wilderness. Her current research interests focus on deepening the physical understanding of ecosystem feedbacks on the water cycle and moisture transport.

Selected Awards

  • 2008 L’Oréal-UNESCO-Russian Academy of Sciences prize “For Women in Science”
  • 2000-2001 research fellowship in the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Studies, Hungary

Research Interests

Physical and biological bases of life stability

Selected Publications

  • Makarieva A.M., Nefiodov A.V., Sheil D., Nobre A.D., Chikunov A.V., Plunien G., Li B.-L. (2020) Comments on "An evaluation of hurricane superintensity in axisymmetric numerical models". Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 77(11), 3971-3975. doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-20-0156.1
  • Makarieva A.M., Nefiodov A.V., Morozov V.E., Aleinikov A.A., Vasilov R.G. (2020) Science in the vanguard of rethinking the role of forests in the third millennium: Comments on the draft concept of the federal law "Forest Code of the Russian Federation". Forest Science Issues, 3(3), doi: 10.31509/2658-607x-2020-3-3-1-25.
  • Makarieva A.M., Nefiodov A.V., Li B.-L. (2020) Life’s energy and information: Contrasting evolution of volume- versus surface-specific rates of energy consumption. Entropy, 22(9), 1025.
  • Gorshkov V.G., Makarieva A.M. (2020) Key ecological parameters of immotile versus locomotive life. Russian Journal of Ecosystem Ecology, 5(1).
  • Sheil D., Bargues-Tobella A., Ilstedt U., Ibisch P.L., Makarieva A., McAlpine C., Morris C.E., Murdiyarso D., Nobre A.D., Poveda G., Spracklen D.V., Sullivan C.A., Tuinenburg O.A., van der Ent R.J. (2019) Forest restoration: Transformative trees. Science 366, 316-317.
  • Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Nefiodov A.V., Sheil D., Nobre A.D., Bunyard P., Nobre P., Li B.-L. (2017) The equations of motion for moist atmospheric air. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 122, 7300-7307.
  • Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Nefiodov A.V., Chikunov A.V., Sheil D., Nobre A.D., Li B.-L. (2017) Fuel for cyclones: How the water vapor budget of a hurricane depends on its movement. Atmospheric Research, 193, 216-230.
  • Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Nefiodov A.V., Sheil D., Nobre A.D., Shearman P., Li B.-L. (2017) Kinetic energy generation in heat engines and heat pumps: the relationship between surface pressure, temperature and circulation cell size. Tellus A, 69, 1272752.
  • Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Li B.-L. (2013) Revisiting forest impact on atmospheric water vapor transport and precipitation. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 111, 79-96. doi: 10.1007/s00704-012-0643-9
  • Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G. (2007) Biotic pump of atmospheric moisture as driver of the hydrological cycle on land. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 11, 1013-1033.  

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Dewilde, Patrick; von Hauff, Michael; Mainzer, Klaus; Makarieva, Anastassia M.; Wackernagel, Mathis; Wilderer, Peter A.: A Discussion on Basic Notions. In: Strategies for Sustainability of the Earth System. Springer International Publishing, 2021 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Makarieva, Anastassia M.: Natural Ecosystems and Earth’s Habitability: Attempting a Cross-Disciplinary Synthesis. In: Strategies for Sustainability of the Earth System. Springer International Publishing, 2021 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )