A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution Russian academy of sciences

The Institute was founded in 1934 on the basis of the Academic Laboratory of Evolutionary Morphology. It was organized by the famous Russian scientist, academician Alexei N. Severtsov, who also became its first director. In 1936 after A.N. Severtsov’s death the Institute was named in honor of him – A.N. Severtsov Institute of Animal Evolution. Alexey Nikolaevich Severtsov was the leading Russian zoologist. He established the theories of phylembryogenesis and morphofunctional evolution, which he  considered as a separate branch of zoology. In 1967 the name of the Institute was changed to A.N. Severtsov Institute of Evolutionary Morphology and Ecology of Animals (IEMEA). In 1994,  since more and more attention was paid  to basic research in ecology, evolution and biodiversity  the Institute was renamed again and got its  present name. The great  achievements of the Institute are connected with the name of the famous academician Vladimir E. Sokolov, who was the director of the Institute in the period of 1967 – 1998. Thanks to his efforts, the Institute has become one of the leading research institutions with a biological profile in Russia. Researches from the Institute are well known all over the world.

The A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution RAS is a research institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences which studies animal ecology, biological diversity, behaviour and evolutionary animal morphology as well as develops recommendations for nature conservation. The data obtained by the Institute’s staff are widely used in various spheres of national economy: agriculture, plant protection, fisheries and aquaculture, forestry, game management, nature conservation, etc. These data provide a basis for sustainable use of natural resources and conservation of natural ecosystems and wildlife. The main areas of research in the Institute today are: structural and functional organization, dynamics and evolution of populations, communities and ecosystems, ecological and evolutionary aspects of animal behaviour and communication, the organisms’ ecology and Adaptations, Morphofunctional bases of animal evolution, General and specific Parasitology, Biological diversity and sustainable use of bio resources, Fundamental problems of wildlife conservation, Biodamages, certified testing and certification of equipment and materials for climate resistance and persistence; ecological and analytical control of ecotoxicants in environmental objects.

The Institute includes 26 research laboratories, 8 biological stations in different natural zones of Russia, 4 interlaboratory facilities, 3 branches (one of them is the Tropical Center in Vietnam), 3 international expeditions (in Mongolia, Ethiopia and Armenia); 2 permanent expeditions in Russia

The laboratories of the Institute are united into four main areas of research: morpho-physiological adaptations (4 laboratories), ecological and ethological adaptations (5 laboratories), general environmental problems (9 laboratories), and environmental safety issues (8 laboratories).


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