I was born and grew up in Khabarovsk (see the map), in the Far East of Russia. Khabarovsk is within 20 miles from the Chinease border and about 1 hour flight from Japan, which is something I did not really appreciate until 1989. In 1980 I moved to Novosibirsk (see the map), where I got my undergraduate degree at the Novosibirsk State University in 1985 and my PhD at the Novosiborsk Institute of Mathematics in 1988. As an undergraduate and graduate student I had two advisors: Samuel Krushkal and Nikolai Gusevskii. Here is my mathematical genealogy tree (actually, a graph).

In 1988 I went back to Khabarovsk where for 3 years I was working at the Institute for Applied Mathematics. Doing mathematics there was a bit of a challenge since the nearest real mathematical library was within 2 hours (in Tokyo: One hour by plane plus one hour by train). However having there Boris Botvinnik, Misha Borovoi and Petya Makienko surely helped.

I left Russia for good in Fall of 1991. I spent 1991-1992 at MSRI and in University of Maryland (College Park) visiting Bill Goldman.

From Summer of 1992 and until Summer of 2003 I was working at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City as an associate professor and (since 1997) a professor. In 2003 I moved to UCDavis where I was reunited with my wife (who was in Atlanta before that); I am now a professor of mathematics here. In 2007, our department was ranked 4-th in the country in Faculty Scholarly Productivity. Hopefully, this means that we are producing something useful.

My research area could be roughly described as geometric geometry (to distinguish it from, say, algebraic geometry), or Gromov-style geometry. I am on the editorial board of the Journals "Transformation Groups" and "Groups, Geometry and Dynamics". In August of 2006 I gave a talk in the geometry section of ICM-2006 in Madrid.

I am currently supported by the NSF grant: DMS-16-04241.

I am (an) upbeat, at least according to the Pew Research Center classification.

Me on Mathoverflow.

Anonymous on math.stackexchange.

My CV.

My family:

My wife, Jennifer Schultens, is a professor of mathematics at UCDavis. Click here

to find out how one day she found herself on the front-page of the New York Times.

My brothers:

Ilia
Kapovich, is a professor in the
mathematics department at the University of Illinois in
Urbana-Champaign (moving to Hunter College in CUNY).

Vitali Kapovitch, is a professor in the mathematics department at the University of Toronto.

Vitali Kapovitch, is a professor in the mathematics department at the University of Toronto.

As you can see, doing
mathematics is our family business.

Some of my collaborators:

Arkady Berenstein

Mladen Bestvina

Bill Goldman

Koji Fujiwara

Tom Haines

Bruce Kleiner

Janos Kollar

Shrawan Kumar

Bernhard Leeb

Al Marden

John Millson, we have 20 joint papers

Joan Porti

Leonid Potyagailo

Ernest Vinberg

My graduate students:

Shinpei Baba Associate professor at Osaka University.

Gabriel Amos

James Forehand

Ezra Gouvea

Sonjong Hwang

Yvonne Lai Assistant professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jaejeong Lee Postdoc at Korea Institute for Advanced Study

Dustin Mayeda

Subhadip Dey

Beibei Liu

My (former) postdocs:

Moon Duchin Currently an associate professor at Tufts University.

Lucas Sabalka Currently a researcher at ESA Environmental Justice Section.

Pranab Sardar Currently an assistant professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali.

Khabarovsk (on the right) is the place I grew up,

Novosibirsk (in the center) is the place where I got my
undergraduate and graduate degrees.