School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Roman Zlotin

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Professor,Department of Geography
Senior Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies

Office: Student Building 203
Phone: (812) 855-7956

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Biogeography and Soil Geography, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow. 1970

Research Interests

  • Animal, plant, ecosystem and soil geography
  • Structure, function and dynamics of terrestrial biodiversity
  • Plant-animal interactions. Global and regional patterns of organic matter production and decomposition
  • Human-induced degradation of environment
  • Biodiversity and public health.

Current Projects

  • Spatial scaling in dynamics of primary production in woodland ecosystems of the Southwest
  • Environmental causes of cycles of fruit production in savannas of the Southwest
  • Understanding the role of UV-B radiation in degradation of organic matter in arid ecosystems

Representative Publications

  • Zlotin, R.I., and Parmenter, R.R. (2002). Dynamics of Juniper, Pinyon and Oak Mast Production in Woodland Ecosystems of Central New Mexico. Abstracts of Annual ESA Meeting. Arizona. 457.
  • Zlotin R.I. (2002): Biodiversity and productivity of ecosystems. In: Shagedanova M.(ed.). Physical Geography of Northern Eurasia. Cambrige University Publ., 44 pp.
  • Zlotin, R.I., and Parmenter, R.R. (2000). Spatial Distribution and Dynamics of Mast Production in the Arid Woodland Ecosystems of Central New Mexico. Abstracts of Annual ESA Meeting. Utah.
  • Zlotin R.I. (1997): Geography and organization of high mountain ecosystems in the former USSR. In: Wielgolaski F.E.(ed.). Ecosystems of the World 3. Polar and Alpine Tundra. Elsevier Publ. 133-159.
  • Feshbach M, and Zlotin R.I. (1995): Environmental catastrophe in the former Soviet Union. Environ. Review. Vol.2, No 9. 1-8.
  • Goryachkin S.V., Zlotin R.I., and Tertitsky G.M. (1994): Diversity of natural ecosystems in the Russian Arctic. Reprocentralen Publ. Lund University. 105 pp.


  • Ecological Society of America
  • Soil Ecology Society of America
  • Past Member of Scientific Steering Committee of the Core Project "Global Change and Terrstrial Ecosystems" of IGBP "Global Change"
  • Past Chair of Biogeography Department of Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Member of Working Group on Protected Territories of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (Switzerland)


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500