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Department of Evolutionary Morphology

Research Direction:

Formation of highly integrated complex structures in evolution and development of animals.

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History of the Department

Comparative anatomical studies have been conducted in the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since 1922. They were initiated at the Chair of Experimental Zoology and at the Omelchenko Biological Institute. Since 1930 this studies have been conducted at the Departments of Experimental and Comparative Morphology of the newly established Institute of Zoology and Biology (renamed into Institute of Zoology of Academy of Sciences of Ukrainian SSR in 1939, now Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). The studies were initiated and led by I. I. Schmalhausen (the first Director of the Institute and Head of the Department of Experimental Morphology) until 1941.


Stuff of the Department:


Igor Dzeverin

Dr. Sci., Head of the Department


Scientific interests: evolutionary theory, mammalogy, biostatistics, history and philosophy of biology.

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Pavel Gol'din

D. Sci., Assoc. Prof., Leading Research Scientist


Scientific interests: Comparative anatomy, evolution and ontogeny of marine mammals. Paleontology of marine mammals. Populations of marine mammals: dynamics, morphology, mortality factors. Age, growth, and life history of mammals. Zooarchaeology. Conservation of marine and coastal areas. Marine mammals of the Azov and the Black Seas.

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Lilia Popova

Cand. Sci., Senior Researcher, Senior Research Scientist


Research interests: Pleistocene palaeoecology. Evolution of the Pleistocene communities. Changes of palaeogeographical barriers and species ranges during the Pleistocene. Evolution and palaeobiogeography of the Pleistocene ground squirrels. Evolution and palaeobiogeography of the Pleistocene voles.

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Maria Ghazali

Cand. Sci., Senior Research Scientist


Scientific interests: morphology and evolution of skull and teeth. Bats' distribution and ecology.

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Oleksandr Yaryhin

Cand. Sci., Acting Senior Research Scientist


Scientific interests: skeletal development, morphology of vertebrates, developmental morphology, evolution and herpetology.

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Oksana Shatkovska

Cand. Sci., Senior Research Scientist


Scientific interests: formation of bird limbs skeleton in embryogenesis and postembryogenesis. Changes of proportions of the skeleton of the limbs in ontogeny of birds of different adaptive groups. Morpho-functional adaptation of the limbs of the birds.

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Natalia Akulenko

Cand.Sci., Senior Research Scientist


Scientific interests: Evolutionary peculiarities of amphibians’ and reptiles’ hemopoiesis under normal conditions and anthropogenic pollution impacts. Development of the pollution indicators comprising histological and hematological methods on animals of anthropogenically transformed habitats.

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Hanna Sheverdyukova

Cand. Sci., Research Scientist


Scientific interests: reptiles development, morphology and phylogeny.

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Nadiya Zolotova-Haydamaka

Cand.Sci., Research Scientist


Scientific interests: studying structural and functional characteristics of osteocytes bone of mammalian in connection with a different support load on the bone skeleton and under modeling hypokinesia in experiments

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Anna Romaniuk

Cand.Sci., Acting Junior Research Scientist


Scientific interests: morpho-functional and biomechanical features of masticatory apparatus of the Carnivora (in particular, Mustelidae) in view of feeding strategy.

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Svitozar Davydenko

Acting Junior Research Scientist


Scientific interests: adaptations to the water in Eocene cetaceans (comparative morphological and paleohistological approach)

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Oksana Vertsimakha

Junior Research Scientist

Scientific interests: statistical methods in biology; networks in biological modelling, methods of clusterization and community detection algorithms, non-parametric statistics

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Igor Bogdanovich

Cand. Sci., Senior Researcher, Leading engineer


Scientific interests: origin of birds locomotor apparatus, flight and birds as class.

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Ivan Shevel

Leading engineer


Activity: Transmission electron microscopy

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Sergiy Shevchenko

Leading engineer


Activity: Lab equipment operation, maintenance and servicing

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Natalya Slutska

Leading engineer. Technical supply.


Scientific interests: morphology and evolution of skull anurans.

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Marina Vysotskaya

First category engineer. Technical and material supply.


Scientific interests: spinal column functional morphology of sharks different systematic groups, cetacean hind limb embryogenesis.

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Pavlo Otriazhyi

PhD student

Scientific interests: comparative anatomy, evolution and ontogeny of Pinnipedia, paleobiology of marine mammals, 3D technology in scientific researches, analysis and collection conservation

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Valeriia Telizhenko

PhD student

Scientific interests: genetic basis of morphological evolution, animals lifespan, computational biology, biostatistics, machine learning

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I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, 2004-2022