She graduated from the Moscow Forestry Institute (later – Moscow State Forest University), which she graduated in 1980 with a degree in forestry engineering. In 1986 she defended her thesis and has a PhD in biological sciences, specializing in Ecology and Entomology.
From 1986 to 1997 she worked as an assistant professor of the Department of Ecology and Forest Protection at Moscow State Forest University.
From 1998 to 2002, she worked in federal executive bodies. First, in the Federal Forestry Service, and then in the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation in units related to international cooperation in forestry.
From 2002 to 2013, she worked at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF Russia), first as a project coordinator, and then as the head of the Forest Program, dealing with issues of ensuring sustainable forest management, preventing illegal logging, promoting voluntary forest certification, preserving high conservation value forests and other
From 2014 to 2019, she worked as a leading expert at the European Forest Institute (Finland) as part of international cooperation projects with Russia on forest science.
Since mid-2019 – an independent expert.