Dr. Kristina Toderich joined ICBA in 2006 at ICBA's office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Before joining ICBA, she headed the Department of Desert Ecology and Water Resources Research at the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. She holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Leningrad Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences, Russia. In 2008 she obtained a Dr. of Philosophy and visiting professor degree at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan.
She specializes in water quality analysis of river basins and tributaries, water and pasture assessment of desert lands, rehabilitation of salt-affected lands in Central Asia, traditional and non-traditional salt-tolerant plant resources, rangeland ecology, improvement and conservation of plant diversity, utilization of marginal low-quality water for agricultural purposes, utilization of agricultural residues. She works on domestication and valorization of wild halophytes to improve food security and nutrition in the rural environments in Central Asia and Caucasus countries. She is author and co-author of over 320 research publications, including six books, three manuals, 28 peer-reviewed national and international journal papers, 45 book chapters, 127 conference proceedings, several scientific magazines, and newsletter articles. She is a member of a number of scientific committees, international advisory boards of international conferences, and editorial boards of scientific journals. She is a recipient of governmental honor order Dustlik in Uzbekistan.