Head of the Laboratory – Berman Daniil I., Doctor of Biology, Professor ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Leading Researcher – Alfimov Arkadiy V., Candidate of Biology (PhD) ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Leading  Researcher – Marusik Yuriy M., Doctor of Biology ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Leading Researcher – Bulakhova Nina Antonovna  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Senior Researcher – Zhigul'skaya Zoja A., Candidate of Biology (PhD) ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Senior Researcher – Leirikh Anna N., Doctor of Biology

Senior Researcher – Ryabukhin Aleksandr S., Candidate of Biology (PhD)

Senior Researcher – Mescheryakova Yekaterina N., Candidate of Biology (PhD)( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Researcher - Gaidin Sergey G.

Engineer – Belger Aleksandra P.     

Laboratory Assistant – Kuz'minykh Grigoriy V. 

The laboratory was organized in 1974.


Major trends of research

The laboratory is engaged in study of fauna and ecology of terrestrial invertebrates in the North-East of Asia. Major directions of researches include:

  • Faunas of Hymenoptera, Orthopthra, Coleoptera, Hemiptera concerning the problems of biogeography in North-East Asia and paleography in Beringia in Pleistocene and Holocene periods.
  • Connection between composition and spatial distribution of communities and individual groups of terrestrial invertebrates and extreme environmental factors.
  • Ecophysiological adaptations to cold and adaptive strategies of widely-spread species in the North.


Main Research Achievements of the Laboratory

  • Taxonomy and fauna of spiders and Rove beetles(Staphylinidae) of the North-East of Asia, as well as of spiders from Yukon (Canadian Province) was studied. Monographs on fauna of Tuva spiders and on revision of world fauna of Jumping spiders (Salticidae) were published. For small groups dominating in species communities (earthworms Lumbricidae, centipedes, locust Acridoidea, ants, humblebees and some of beetle families) fauna was specified and ecology was studied, including landscape distribution, ontogenetic cycles, cold resistance and biochemical strategy of cold resistance. Distribution of soil mesofauna was described at family level. Conceptions of factors controlling landscape distribution of invertebrates and their communities were formulated on the basis of studied in detail microclimate of main ecosystems of continental and coastal regions of the North-East. A schematic map of minimal temperatures distribution in near-to-surface layer of soil under snow cover was worked out for the northern part of Eurasia. This map allows estimation of role of low temperatures in geographic distribution of different organisms.
  • Comparative analyses of modern and fossil fauna of the invertebrates belonging to different groups in the relic steppes of the North-East of Asia and North-West of America showed that neither Alaska nor Canadian Yukon were the continuation of Asiatic Beringia in Pliocene and Pleistocene periods. At the same time, comparison of modern and past species distribution of insects based on analyses of chitin samples which is well-preserved in Pleistocene sediments allow to determine major characteristics of climate for the North-East of Asia in cold periods of  Pleistocene.

Researches of the laboratory were supported by grants provided by International Scientific Fund, state scientific and technical programmes "World Ocean", "Biological Diversity of Russia", Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the Far Eastern Branch of RAS.


Total number of defended theses

For the period of existence of the Laboratory 7 Candidate and 3 Doctorate theses have been defended by its workers.


Total number of publications

141 papers of the Laboratory’s workers were published during 1995-2005.


Main publications

Alfimov A.V., Berman D.I. 2001. Beringian climate during the Late Pleistocene and Holocenе // Quaternary Science Reiews. № 1-3. V. 20. P. 127-134.

Alfimov A.V., Berman D.I., Sher A.V. 2003. Tundra-steppe groupings if insects and reconstruction of climate of Late Pleistocene of the low reaches of the Kolyma // Journal of Zoology. V. 82. #2. Pp. 281-300.

Alfimov A.V., Berman D.I. 2004. Distribution of thermophytic tundra-steppes and climate of the Last glacial maximum in the North-East of Asia // Cryosphere of the Earth. V. VIII. #4. Pp. 78-87.

Berman D.I., Zhigulskaya Z.A. 1995. Cold-hardiness and wintering conditions of the ants from the northern populations // Progress of modern Biology. V. 115. #6. Pp. 677-691.

Berman D.I., Zhigulskaja Z.A. 1995. Cold-resistance of the ants of the North-east and the North-west of the Palaearctic Region // Acta Zoologica Fennica. № 199. P. 73-80.

Berman D.I., Alfimov A.V., Mazhitova G.G., Grishkan I.B., Yurtsev B.A. 2001. Cold steppes in North-Eastern Asia. Magadan: IBPN FEB RAS, 183p.

Berman D.I., Leirikh A.N., Alfimov A.V. 2002. On resistance of the Earthworm Eisenia nordenskioldi (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae) to the extreme low soil humidity in the North-east of Asia // Journal of Zoology. V. 81. #11. Pp. 1308-1318.

Berman D.I., Meshcheryakova E.N., Alfimov A.V., Leirikh A.N. 2002. Distribution of the Earthworm  Dendrobaena octaedra (Lumbricidae: Oligochaeta) in the North of Holarctic is restricted by the lack of frost-resistance // Journal of Zoology. V. 81. #10. Pp. 1210-1221.

Berman D.I., Alfimov A.V., Zhigulskaya Z.A., Leirikh A.N. 2007. Wintering and cold-hardiness of ants in the North-East of Asia. M.: KMK, 266p.

Berman D.I., Alfimov A.V., Zhigulskaya Z.A., Leirikh A.N. 2010. Overwintering and cold-hardiness of ants in the Northeast of Asia. Sofia-Moscow: Pensoft Publishers. 294 P.

Berman D.I., Meshcheryakova E.N., Leirikh A.N. 2010. Egg cocoons of the earthworm Dendrodrilus rubidus tenuis (Lumbricidae, Oligochaeta) withstand the temperature of liquid nitrogen // Doklady Biological Sciences. Vol. 434, pp. 347-350.

Berman D.I., Alfimov A.V., Kuzmina S.A. 2011. Invertebrates of the relict steppe ecosystems of Beringia, and the reconstruction of Pleistocene landscapes // Quaternary Science Reviews. V. 30. P. 2200-2219.

Dondale C.D., Redner J.H., Marusik Yu.M. 1997. Spiders (Araneae) of the Yukon // Insects of Yukon (ed. Danks, H.V.). Ottawa, P. 73-113.

Grishkan I.B. 1997. Microbiota and biological activity of soils in the upper reaches of the Kolyma. Vladivostok: Dal’nauka. 136p.

Leirikh A.N., Meshcheryakova E.N., Berman D.I. 2004. Cold-resistant mechanism of the egg cocoons of the Earthworm Dendrobaena octaedra (Sav.) (Lumbricidae: Oligochaeta) // DAN. V. 398. #2. Pp. 275-278.

Logunov D.V., Marusik Y.M. 2000. Catalogue of the jumping spiders of northern Asia (Arachnida, Araneae, Salticidae). Editor K/G/ Mikhailov. Moscow: KMK Scientific Press Ltd. 299p.

Logunov D.V., Marusik Yu.M. 2003. A revision of the genus Yllenus Simon, 1868 (Arachnida, Araneae, Salticidae). Moscow: KMK Scientific Press Ltd. 167 pp.

Marusik Yu.M., Logunov D.V., Koponen S. 2000. Spiders of Tuva, South Siberia. Magadan: IBPN FEB RAS. 252 p.

Omelchenko L.V., Zhigulskaya Z.A. 1998. Ecological-faunal analysis of the ant population from the southern taiga of Western and Middle Siberia // Progress of Modern Biology. 118. Is. 3. Pp. 299-305.

Ryabukhin A.S. 1999. A catalogue of rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, excluding Aleocharinae) of the Northeast of the Asia // Pensoft, Sofia – Moscow. 140 p.

Siberian newt. Ecology, behavior, conservation. M.: Nauka, 1995. (From the Content: Berman D.I., Ishchenko V.G., Kuz’min S.L. Habitat. Pp. 33-54; Berman D.I., Ishchenko V.G. Structure of populations. Pp. 141-157; Berman D.I., Kuz’min S.L., Ishchenko V.G. Wintering. Pp. 54-64).

Zasypkina I.A., Ryabukhin A.S. 2001. Amphibiotic insects of the Northeast of the Asia // Pensoft Publishers & Backhuys Publishers. (Sofia–Moscow-Leiden). 183 p.


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