An integrated evaluation of level and structure of the biodiversity of arthropod communities in Western Siberia

Institute for Systematics and Ecology of Animals, SB RAS, Novosibirsk

Head of the Institute:

Vadim I.Evsikov, Corresponding Member of the RAS, Professor
11 Frunze Str., Novosibirsk, 630091, Russia
Tel: +7 (3832) 170-973
Fax: +7 (3832) 170-973

Principal researchers:

V.G.Mordkovitch, Doctor of Sciences, Professor, Director of the Zoological Museum
V.V.Dubatolov, Ph.D., senior researcher of the Zoological Museum
I.I.Lyubechansky, Ph.D., scientific researcher of the Zoological Museum
R.Y.Dudko, Ph.D., junior researcher of the Zoological Museum

Project objectives

Comparison of standard and specially devised parameters of biodiversity over about 180 invertebrate families in relation to a range of environmental gradients (latitudinal-zonal, altitudinal-zonal and catena gradients), including those related to anthropogenic disturbance (management gradient).

Background and significance of objectives

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Research plan: approaches and methods

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Expected results

A review of the population and species richness of about 180 invertebrate families, with an integrate evaluation of taxonomic composition, level, zoogeographical and ecological-geographic structure of biodiversity of Western Siberia (in the first steps as separate issues, further as summary monographs). Taxonomic groups (number of families is given in brackets): arachnida: gamasid (12) and oribatid (63) mites; insects: Collembola (17), Hemiptera (21), Diptera (5), Lepidoptera (35), Coleoptera (18), Hymenoptera (3).

Monograph: Mordkovich V.G., Lyubechansky I.I. & Dudko R.Yu. The carabid beetles of Western Siberia: diversity, ecological ordination, communities, indicating potential. (Half ready, 20 quires). Contents: 1) Taxonomic review and analysis; 2) Originality and endemism of the fauna; 3) Regularities in changing of species richness in relation to the environmental gradients; 4) Ecological ordination of species in zonal-catena matrix of the environment; 5) Spatial structure of communities; 6) Temporal (daily, seasonal, annual) dynamics; 7) Indicating potential of species; 8) Indication of soils and soil processes; 9) Indication of a quality of ecosystems following ploughing up; 10) Ditto following the pasture impact; 11) Ditto in the areas of oil and gas production; 12) Indication of restoring ecosystems.

An up-to-date synopsis dealing with the biodiversity, population, biomass and structure of soil invertebrate communities in Western Siberia in comparison with those in neighbouring regions (Central and Eastern Siberia, The Russian Far East and the Eastern Europe) and in relation to the coordinate grid at about 30° intervals along the longitude axis. Volume: 2-2.5 quires.

List of publications of participants related to the project

150 papers and books connected with the present project have so far been published; selected bibliography is given below.

Fig. 1. Patterns of habitat change in the carabid beetles in zonal-catena gradient.

Fig. 2. Changes of carabid community parameters across the succession on disposal areas of KATEK.