About Us

Welcome to the site of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology!

Department of Invertebrate Zoology is a part of the Faculty of Biology of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Formally, the Department of Invertebrate Zoology was founded in 1930, but the studies of Invertebrates started in Moscow University more than 200 years ago. Famous biologist such as Ch. F. Roulier, A.P. Bogdanov, G.A. Kozhevnikov, L.A. Zenkevich, Ya. A. Birschtein, V.N. Beklemishev, G.F. Gause, M.S. Ghilarov had been affiliated with the Department of Invertebrate Zoology of Moscow State University.

Now, the educational process at the Department of Invertebrate Zoology includes courses of lectures, laboratory works and field practical courses. The students study microscopical anatomy, embryology, ecology and biological diversity of Invertebrates. The lecture courses set includes Invertebrate Comparative Anatomy, Embryology, Parasitology, Biogeography, Molecular taxonomy and many others. In laboratory works, the students master modern methods of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, laser scanning microscopy, computer methods of 3D-reconstrutions and molecular systematics. The students have field practical courses at White Sea Biological Station, Biological Station “Glubokoe Ozero”, and Russian-Vietnamese tropical centre in Nha Trang.

The staff of the Department consists of 33 teachers and researchers. The research area of the Department covers a wide range of problems including systematics, morphology, ultrastructure, development, molecular taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology of all Invertebrate taxa from protists to hemichordates. The results of researches are published in international and Russian scientific magazines. Since 2004, the Department of Invertebrate Zoology publishes the scientific journal INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY. The journal accepts papers in Russian and English languages and all issues are freely available in Internet.

I am glad to greet all the visitors of our site!

Head of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, professor Vladimir V. Malakhov