Nikolai is a graduate of the Geography Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Cartography and Geoinformatics, and his Master's degree in Ecology and Environmental Management. For his Bachelor's thesis, he developed a method for decoding avalanches to assess the mass balance of glaciers. His Master's paper focused on assessing water use dynamics in the transboundary Zeravshan River basin in Central Asia. He identified and mapped aspects of water use, their dynamics and forecast, and developed recommendations to regulate potential conflicts and ensure sustainable development.
Currently, he has two years of experience as a GIS specialist and has worked in several industries, including using drones for construction monitoring, creating geoinformation products based on satellite imagery, and geoinformation analysis of geological data.