Master of Science in Soils and Agronomy, Moscow State University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science, Moscow State University, 1975. Doctor in Biology, Moscow State University, Lomonosov, 1986.
Laboratory leader Central Peat-Bog Reserve Station, Gorshkovo, Russia, 1976—1982. Vice director Dmitrov Branch of Russian Reserve Institute of Reclaimed Lands, 1982—2005. Professor Moscow (Lomonosov) State University, since 2003.
Honorary professor Tsi Lin University of Peat and Bogs, China, since 1998. Head soil science department State Exam Committee of High Education, Moscow, since 1998. Member Doctoral Thesis Committee of Timiryaziev Agrarian University, Moscow, since 2000.
Consultant Landviser, Inc., League City, Texas, since 2001.
Member Russian Fund of Fundamental Research, Moscow, 1998—2005. Member of American Soil Science Society, European Society for Soil Preservation, Russian Academy Natural Sciences (correspondent).
Married Antonina Golub, November 15, 1969. Children: Larisa Pozdnyakova, Lev.