Mikhail Kanevskiy is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He received an M.S. in Geology in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Geology in 2004. He came to Alaska from Russia in 2005.

Kanevskiy has traveled throughout Alaska in his research, to the Beaufort Sea coast, the Arctic Foothills, the Brooks Range, the Alaska Range, and the Koyukuk Flats. He studies permafrost structure and properties; the processes of ground ice formation and degradation; permafrost-related hazards such as thermokarst formations, thermal erosion, frost heaves, and thermal cracking; and engineering and environmental problems in permafrost regions.