[Department of Invertebrate Fauna and Systematics]



E-mail: igor_balashov[et]ukr.net

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Senior Research Scientist, Invertebrate Fauna and Systematics Department


Highest Degree:

Candidate of Sciences (=Ph.D.).

Dissertation: Terrestrial molluscs (Gastropoda) of the Ukrainian forest-steppe zone (in Russian, 2011).



2007-2010 Postgraduate course in I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, Kyiv.

2002-2007 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (=Kyiv State University), Faculty of Biology (now - Institute of Biology), Department of Zoology.

1992-2002 School No. 200, Kyiv.


Positions held:

2010-curent time I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv), Department of Invertebrate Fauna and Systematics, junior researcher, researcher.

2007-2008 Kyiv Zoo, Section of aquaterrariums and vivarium, Group of herpetology, worker by the care of especially dangerous animals.


Research interests:

Terrestrial molluscs of Eastern Europe (systematics, evolution, zoogeography, ecology, conservation, paleontology).



2010-2012 Scholarship of NAS of Ukraine for the young scientists.

2011 Commendation of Department of General Biology NAS of Ukraine For the significant work and considerable contribution to development of national biological science.

2012-2014 Scholarship of President of Ukraine for the young scientists.

2013 Prize of NAS of Ukraine for the young scientists for the series of works Terrestrial molluscs of Ukraine: distribution, state of populations, conservation.

2015 Grant from The Rufford Foundation, project "Conservation of terrestrial molluscs in Ukraine".

2016 Second grant from The Rufford Foundation, project "Conservation of terrestrial molluscs in Ukrainan grasslands".

2017 (September-December) DAAD Scholarship, research stays in Zoological Museum of Hamburg University (Malacology Department of Prof. B. Hausdorf)

2017-2018 Grant from NAS Ukraine, winning in the competition of scientific works of young scientists, project Terrestrial molluscs of the Red Book of Ukraine: current state of populations and question of adding new species

2020 I.I. Schmalhausen Prize of NAS Ukraine for the series of works Caraboid beetles and terrestrial molluscs of Ukraine and adjacent territories, their biocenotic and practical importance (together with A.V. Putchkov)


Professional and environmental activities

2002-2007 Member of the nature conservation student squad of Kyiv University.

2013-2020 Member of the Scientific-technical council of Polesian Nature Reserve.

2017- Member of the Mollusc Specialist Group of IUCN Species Survival Commission.

2018- Expert of the Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group.


Peer reviewer in: "Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society", Molluscan Research, "Journal of Conchology", "Acta Zoologica Bulgarica", "Revista de Biologia Tropical", " Folia Malacologica", "Zoodiversity", "Geologichnyi Zhurnal" and "Studia Biologica".


Skills in languages:

Ukrainian (native), Russian (fluent), English (upper intermediate).


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I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, 2004-2020