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Department of Fauna and Systematics of Vertebrates


Department of Fauna and Systematics of Vertebrates was established in 1957, as structure subdivision of Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology.

Nowadays the Department comprises 15 workers, of which 7 PhD researchers, 5 junior research workers without scientific degree and 2 leading workers.

Structural parts of the Department are the following:

  • Ukrainian Center of Ringing of Birds
  • Laboratory of Hunting Resources of Ukraine;
  • Laboratory of Ornithology of South of Ukraine (within joint Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station established by Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and Melitopol State Pedagogical Bohdan Khmelnytsky University, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine).

Basic scientific direction of the Department is ecological and faunistic studies of vertebrate complexes mainly warm bloody animals in different natural areas and landscapes of Ukraine in systematics, zoogeography, history, sozology and economy aspects. Activities of workers of the Department are pointing on:

  • Study of species composition and ecological structure of mammal and bird faunistic complexes in different areas of Ukraine, as well as their changes in result of transformation of ecosystems under influence of economy activity and other anthropogenic impacts;
  • Investigation of theoretical and applied aspects of seasonal bird passages forming main flyways in the territory of Ukraine;
  • Monitoring of current state of game warm bloody animal populations in different landscapes and climate zones in Ukraine, including semifree maintenance with intention of optimization of rational use and reproduction of hunting resources;
  • Problems of conservation and reproduction of rare species and communities of vertebrates included in national and international Red Data lists and convention on conservation of nature;
  • Phenomenon of development of recent avifauna in different natural areas and some regions of Ukraine and prospects of further changes of avicomplexes;
  • Study of dynamics of migration processes and wintering bird gatherings in south of Ukraine to solve problems of conservation of valuable avicomplexes and management of important wetlands;
  • Importance of nature conservation areas and national ecological network in maintenance and enriching of animal diversity in Ukraine;
  • Peculiarities of development of mammal and bird faunistic complexes in Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, as well as elaboration of proposals for conservation of faunistic diversity;
  • Monitoring of changes in dates of ornithophenological events in different landscape and natural areas of Ukraine.

Staff of the Department

 

G. G. Gavris, head of the Department, PhD, senior research worker

Е-mail: gavris(at)izan.kiev.ua

Scientific interests: faunistics and systematics, conservation and reproduction of rare vertebrates, nature conservation areas of Ukraine, formation of fauna, paleornithology, preservation and rational use of game animals, zoogeography.

 

A. M. Poluda, head of the Ukrainian Center of Ringing of Birds, PhD, senior research worker

E-mail: polud(at)izan.kiev.ua

Scientific interests: faunistics and systematics, bird migration, ecology of rare bird species, demography of widespread bird species, questions of preservation of biodiversity, conservation of Red Data Book bird species, problems of ornithological safety in airports.

 

Yu. O. Andriushchenko, head of the Laboratory of Ornithology of South of Ukraine, PhD, senior research worker

E-mail: anthropoides(at)mail.ru

Scientific interests: rare steppe bird species and important areas supporting their, ecology and biology of rare Gruiformes birds, seasonal aspects of wetland avifauna.

 

V. M. Smahol, head of the Laboratory of Hunting Resources of Ukraine, PhD, docent

E-mail: v.smagol(at)gmail.com

Scientific interests: faunistics and systematics, fauna of game animals, ecological and economy aspects of preservation and rational use of Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla.

 

O. M. Tsvelykh, PhD, senior research worker

E-mail: TSV(at)izan.kiev.ua

Scientific interests: faunistics, systematics of subspecies, population ecology of birds, Pleistocene and earl Holocene avifauna, bird migration, flight biology and adaptation variability of wing shape of birds.

 

V. M. Popenko, PhD, senior research worker

E-mail: azov.black.station(at)gmail.com

Scientific interests: faunistics, ecology and biology of Passeriformes, migrations and wintering of Anseriformes, biodiversity of wetland avicomplexes.

 

R. M. Chernochko, PhD, senior research worker

E-mail: chernichko-raisa(at)rambler.ru

Scientific interests: population ecology of birds, faunistics, conservation of bird, ecological popular enlightenment and ecotourism, problems of colonyality of birds.

 

M. G. Shkvyrya, PhD, research worker

E-mail: shkvyrya(at)gmail.com

Personal page (English)

Scientific interests: ecology and problems of conservation of large carnivores, problems of “man-predator” conflict, peculiarities of use of anthropogenic resources by large carnivores.

Web-site: carnivora.com.ua

 

V. P. Boiarchuk, junior research worker

Scientific interests: ecology, nesting, breeding and feeding of birds, feeding relationships of mammal and bird populations in habitats, biochemical composition of feeding components, processes of sinanthropization of fauna.

 

H. V. Fesenko, junior research worker

Е-mail: h.fesenko(at)gmail.com

Scientific interests: faunistics, biology of birds, urban ornithology, rare bird species, protection diversity and conservation of environment, questions of development of state cadastre of animals, problems of national ornithological nomenclature, connection of seasonal bird migrations with phenology of plants, changes of dates of bird migration in conditions of anthropogenic impact.

 

O. A. Diadicheva, junior research worker

E-mail: azov.black.station(at)gmail.com

Scientific interests: faunistics, migrations of waders and Passeriformes, ecology of Passeriformes birds of reedbeds.

 

O. O. Salgansky, junior research worker

E-mail: polifem(at)bigmir.net

Scientific interests: adaptations of high vertebrates in conditions of extreme environment (on example of faunistic complexes of high latitudes), preservation and rational use of game animals.

 

E. M. Ulyura, leading worker

E-mail: ulyura(at)ukr.net

Scientific interests: biodiversity of anthropogenic transformed areas, biology and ecology of rodents, conservation of mammals, methods of maintenance and reproduction mammals in captive conditions.

 

Yu. V. Kuzmenko, leading worker

E-mail: Strixnebulosa(at)yandex.ru

Scientific interests: faunistics, ecology and biology of Strigiformes and Falconifirmes, conservation of bird predators.

 

S. V. Domashevsky, PhD student

E-mail: domashevsky(at)gmail.com

Scientific interests: faunistics, ecology and biology of Strigiformes and Falconifirmes, conservation of bird predators.


 

     

I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, 2004-2016