Department of Animal Monitoring and Conservation

The history of the Department

The Department of animal monitoring and conservation was established as an independent division in 1989. But the studies devoted to nature conservation at the Zoological Institute were carried out since 1974, when the Laboratory of terrestrial vertebrates was founded as a part of the Department of vertebrate fauna (under direction of the outstanding ornithologist and environmentalist M. A. Voinstvensky). The head of the Laboratory was A. P. Fedorenko.

The Laboratory conducted investigations in ecotoxicology (the influence of pesticides on birds and mammals) as well as in ecology and conservation of terrestrial vertebrates. At the same time there was initiated a new direction of high priority - biodiversity conservation.

In 1977 the Department of Experimental Population Ecology and the Laboratory of terrestrial vertebrates conservation were fused into the new Department of Population Ecology and terrestrial vertebrates conservation. The head of the Department was A. P. Fedorenko. The main scientific directions of the Department were the development of fundamental basis of rational use of animal resources in national economy in conditions of increasing influence of anthropogenic factors, studying of influence of contamination on natural environment, population ecology of rodent pests and development of their density regulation.

In 1981 the Laboratory of terrestrial vertebrates conservation got the status of an independent unit. The main directions of its researches dealt with fauna and ecology of terrestrial vertebrates, ecotoxicology, development of natural protected areas and recreational influence on bird fauna.

In 1989 the Laboratory of terrestrial vertebrates conservation was included to the new Department of animal monitoring and conservation (the head of the Department was V. A. Gaichenko). In 2000 the Department of Animal Monitoring and Conservation was reorganized and divided into two units. One of them was the Center of Animal Monitoring and Conservation (under direction of V. A. Kostushin). In 2002 the Center got the status of the department.


The main research directions:

- nature conservation (direct collaboration in preparation of materials for the Red Data Book of Ukraine, foundation of natural protected territories, scientific consultations, participation in bills elaboration);

- monitoring of rare, threatened and endangered species (in particular amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals);

- study of anthropogenic influence on species communities;

- develoment of national ecological network and Emerald network in Ukraine.


Nowdays, the Department includes the Laboratory of Population Ecology and Laboratory of monitoring of the Azov-Black Sea wetlands.

Kostushin Vasyl

head of the department, candidate of biological sciences

Ornithology, Red Data Book of Ukraine, develoment of National econet


Mishta Alina

senior researcher, candidate of biological sciences

Theriology; systematics, distribution, karyological and morphological variation of insectivorous mammals; rare species of mammals; diversity of mammals on protected areas


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Nekrasova Oksana

senior researcher, candidate of biological sciences

Ecology of amphibians and reptiles on the territories under different anthropogenic press; the state of populations of rare amphibians and reptiles; hybridization of frogs of Pelophylax esculentus complex; alien animals; GIS modeling; Red Data Book of Ukraine


192 articles and abstracts

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Vasyliuk Oleksij

junior researcher

Biodiversity assessment; nature conservation


Kolomytsev Grygory

junior researcher

Ornithology, biodiversity assessment; GIS in zoology


Yanish Yevgenija


Ornithology, ecology of Corvidae, paleonthology and zooarcheology


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Marushchak Oleksiy

post-graduate student

batrachology, herpetology, nature protection, Emerald Network

E-mail: vse_okei (at) bigmir.net

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Laboratory of monitoring of the Azov-Black Sea wetlands

On the basis of the I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology and Bohdan Khmelnitsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University since 1985 the interdepartmental Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station works. Based on the fact that in recent years in the activities of the ornithological station of significant development acquired monitoring research, in August 2012 on the basis of the Department of animal monitoring and conservation the Laboratory of monitoring of the Azov-Black Sea wetlands was established, which became also interdepartmental as a part of the ornithological station.

The main activities of the laboratory are:

Monitoring studies of wetlands in the Azov-black sea region and development of recommendations for their protection.

Control of avifauna, assessment of ornithological situation in the lands of the South of Ukraine and changes in the location and number of birds.

The study flyways of birds, their structure and stability, stopovers in wetlands, in order to preserve migratory species of birds in Eurasia.

Study and monitoring of rare and endangered bird species

Development of practical recommendations for monitoring the number of individual species of birds, their settlements, places of mass concentration

Scientific substantiation of creation of national natural parks and other nature protection objects

The establishment and improvement of ecological network

Wetland management

Development and implementation of ornithological and environmental expertise, environmental projects in the South of Ukraine.

An important activity of the laboratory is also the coordination of activities within the program of regional ornithological monitoring ROM (www.rom.org.ua). As part of this program regularly (2004, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018) synchronous large-scale accounting of birds is carried out in the areas of most regions of Ukraine, as well as in some wetlands of Russia, Moldova, Belarus, in some years of Italy. According to the results, a periodical publication - ROM Bulletin (ISSN 2415-7481 - Online, ISSN 2415-7473 printed edition) is published.

Chernychko Yosyp

senior researcher, doctor of biological sciences

Ornithology, migration


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Vynokurova Svitlana

research assistant

Spatial distribution of birds, assessment of the status of bird habitats and impact on their location; monitoring and management of wetlands; the use of GIS in ornithology.


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