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Zoologijos muziejus

Head of department:

Assoc. prof. Virginija Podėnienė

About

Department of Zoology ensures teaching of General biology, Invertebrate and Vertebrate zoology, Developmental biology, Hydrobiology, Evolution, Animal ecology, Soil biology, Phylogeny and taxonomy, Zoogeography, Histology and several selective courses both for national and Erasmus students.

Research areas

The ongoing research of our team concerns insects (Diptera: Tipulomorpha; Hemiptera, Sternorrhycha: Aphididoidea and Adelgoidea), spiders, slugs (Mollusca: Gastropoda), freshwater fishes, birds of prey and owls, black storks.   Research topics include taxonomy and systematics (including morphological and molecular methods based on the material from different parts of the World), distribution, ecology and economic importance, monitoring of local faunas in protected areas of Lithuania (Cepkeliai, Kamanos and Viesvile State Strict Nature Reserves; Aukstaitija, Dzukija, the Curonian Spit, and Zemaitija National Parks; Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve, and other protected areas).

Hydrobiology, Ichthyology: Prof. K. Arbačiauskas, assoc.prof. E. Bukelskis

Ornithology: Assoc. prof. E. Bukelskis, lect. S. Skuja 

Malacology: Assoc. prof. G. Skujienė, PhD student M. Adomaitis

Entomology: Prof. S. Podėnas, Assoc. Prof. V. Podėnienė, R. Bernotienė, A. Petrašiūnas, PhD student I. Gorban (Diptera); Prof. R. Rakauskas, Assoc. Prof. J. Turčinavičienė, senior researcher J. Havelka, PhD student J. Danilov (Hemiptera); dr. Marija Biteniekyte (spiders).

Equipment and laboratories

Department operates one training class (20 working places equipped with microscopes and proper accessories) and 5 research laboratories including equipment for dissection and histological analysis (microtome), climatic animal breeding chamber, interactive microscope measurement systems, molecular research (DNA extraction and amplification).

Ongoing Research Projects

Endemic species of Korea. National institute of biological resources (NIBR), South Korea. 2013–2018.

Biodiversity and ecological pecularities of aphid species (Hemiptera: Adelgidae, Lachnidae) inhabiting coniferous host plants in Central Europe. Research Council of Lithuania reg. No P-MIP-17-365. 2017–2020

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