German Kust works on desertification/land degradation problems since 1988. Since 2013, he is professor in soil science and environmental ecology at the Soil Science Faculty of the Moscow Lomonosov state university. From 1996 to 2012, he served as Executive director, Head of the laboratory of soil resources and ecological projecting, at the Institute of Environmental Soil Science. His professional interests include sustainable management of natural resources, environmental land management, soil science, environmental and agricultural ecology, environmental education, biodiversity conservation, environmental services, remote sensing. He has also been working as independent consultant/expert for several international organizations including the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNCCD, GEF. In 1996, he gained the Doctor of Biology degree in "Desertification and soil evolution in dry areas” and in 1988 a Ph.D. degree in “Soil alkalinity phenomenon and its diagnostics”. He gives/gave courses on: Soil evolution, Environmental doctrine, Remote sensing application in environmental sciences, Global mechanism of environmental/ natural resources management, Methodology of soil systematics, Theory and practice of landscape designing, GIS technologies in environmental sciences, and others.