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Home     Ukrainian Institutes Institute of Zoology in Honor of I.I. Schmalhausen, NASU

Institute of Zoology in Honor of I.I. Schmalhausen, NASU

Building of  Institute of Zoology

General Information

The I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is the oldest institution in Ukraine specialised in general zoology. Zoological investigations within the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences has been commenced from the very beginning of its existence, in the year 1919, with organisation of "The Committee for studies of the fauna of Ukraine" led by Academician M.F. Kaschenko. The Committee initiated creation of the Zoological Museum in May 1919. This first zoological institution in Ukraine employed 22 researchers, including such outstanding scientists as M.F. Kaschenko, M.M. Voskoboynikov and V.O. Karavayev.


From these first steps the Institute of Zoology originated. It was officially founded in August 1, 1930. An outstanding zoologist Ivan Schmalhausen was the first director of the Institute. From the day of foundation, the Institute has become a leading zoological centre of the republic.

Today the Institute is a worldwide known zoological institution with a powerful scientific potential and corresponding structure including 14 scientific departments, Bird ringing center, ornithological station in Melitopol, experimental apiary, CITES Coordination Center and Department of scientific information. The latter includes the library containing 153 thousands of special publications and the editorship of the "Vestnik Zoologii" journal.

Within the Institute, 3 scientific societies are working:

  • The Ukrainian Scientific Society of Parasitologists;
  • The Ukrainian Entomological Society;
  • The Ukrainian Theriological Society.

Working in the Institute are 132 researchers, including an Academician of Ukrainian NAS (V.I. Monchenko), three Corresponding Members of NAS (I.A. Akimov, I.G. Yemelyanov and L.I. Frantsevich), 22 Doctors of Sciences and 88 Philosophy Doctors.

Acarological reseaches
Acarological reseaches

Cytological reseaches
Cytological reseaches

The main directions of research

  • Entomofauna of the ground and its changes.
  • Systematics, morphology and faunistics of the moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera).
  • Systematics, faunistics and phylogenetics of the flies and mosquitoes (Diptera).
  • Systematics, morphology and faunistics of the beetles (Coleoptera).
  • Systematics and faunistics of the bugs (Hemiptera).
  • Systematics and faunistics of the aphids and cycads (Homoptera).
  • Systematics and taxonomy of parasitic Hymenoptera
  • Entomophagous entomofauna of Ukraine (chiefly parasitoids)
  • Parasitoid-host interactions as a background of biological pest control in agriculture and forestry
  • Acarological researches.
  • Fauna of helminths of vertebrates (birds, wild and domestic mammals, fishes) of Ukraine.
  • Systematics and phylogeny of cestodes.
  • Systematics and phylogeny of nematodes.
  • Paratenic parasitism.
  • Participation of amphibians and reptiles in helminths of vertebrates transmission.
  • Terrestrial mollusks and arthropods as helminths of vertebrates intermediate hosts.
  • Helminth communities of wild and domestic horses in Ukraine; seasonal and age-specific changes, means of control.
  • Peculiarities of interactions in "fish-parasite" system under anthropogenic influence in Ukraine; fish parasites control.
  • Fine structure of some groups of parasites (cestodes, Microsporidia).
  • Study of species and ecological structure of fauna complexes of mammals and birds in the different areas of Ukraine, including objects of the Store of the Natural Reserved Areas of Ukraine, as well as of changes of conditions resulted in transformation of ecosystems under impact human activity and other antropological pressure;
  • Monitoring state of populations and numbers of valuable game species in terms of human activity, as well as rare species of mammals and birds with purpose of proposition of actions for optimization of use the of the former and preparation of action plans in conservation of the latter;
  • Development of theoretical and applied aspects of bird migration problem;
  • Study of dynamics of bird migration and winter gatherings in south of Ukraine with purpose of decision of tasks regarding conservation of bird communities and management of important wetlands;
  • Monitoring populations changes in mammal and bird fauna of the abandoned area of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station and scientific investigating introduction of the Przevalski horses in the Exclusion Zone.

Main achievements and developments

During his research at the Institute of Zoology, I. I. Schmalhausen advanced his famous theory of stabilizing selection. Accumulation and transport of radioactive nuclides in animal organisms in Chornobyl exclusion zone has been investigated by scientists of the Institute. Approaches to the introduction and reintroduction of several animal species in this zone have also been developed. Faunistic studies of the Institute were summarized in the monographic series “Fauna of Ukraine”. 76 volumes covering various animal taxa (from protists to mammals) have been published to date.

Contact Details

Akimov Igor A. , Director, NAS corresponding member
Address: 15 B. Khmelnitskoho St., 01601, Kyiv, Ukraine
Phone/fax: (044) 235 1070; Fax: (044) 234 1569
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Website: http://www.izan.kiev.ua

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