UTMN Graduate Student Won a Prestigious Fellowship from the Government of Denmark

The Government of the Kingdom of Denmark awarded grants to graduate students under the Danish Government Scholarship program for research internships in the academic year 2020/2021, under the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark. 



Sergey Kravchenko, a graduate student of the UTMN X-BIO Institute, was awarded a grant for an internship at the University of Copenhagen. 


Dr. Alexey Solodovnikov, head of the laboratory of the Museum of Natural History of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen, will take on the role of a supervisor of the upcoming research and the dissertation paper. This ambitious research project will combine classical entomological and molecular biological approaches.


The UTMN X-BIO Institute is currently working on forming a joint Russian-Danish research group for systematic entomology. The joint group's main research focus is the taxonomy of the small-winged beetles (Staphylinidae). Staphylinidae is the largest family of beetles that includes agents of biological control of agricultural pests. The taxonomy for this project will be brought out by implementing new methods and technologies, mainly from the phylogenetics field, into the standard set of taxonomic methods. Igor Orlov, a post-doc from Belarus, Copenhagen Ph.D. program graduate, joined the UTMN research team in 2020. The preparations for this project are in full swing: the joint grant applications were filled out and some expeditions planned. This will mark the launch of a three-year project funded by the Russian Science Foundation grant for individual scientific groups: Insects of Russia through the prism of digital visualization of collection funds. The head organization of this project is the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.


Entomology, as a field of science (and an area for academic research), traditionally covers the study of not only insects but also other terrestrial and secondary aquatic arthropods, such as centipedes and arachnids. Out of the arachnid orders, ticks have the most important practical value, which is the subject of study for acarology. The University of Tyumen is among the top 20 leading universities in the world who published the most articles in 2017-2019 in the field of entomology based on the rating of the international database Web of Science.



UTMN X-BIO Institute Entomology postgraduate program was launched in 2019. The teaching team of the postgraduate program is comprised of famous Russian entomologists and acarologists: Alexander Khaustov, Pavel Klimov, Igor Belousov, and Natalya Belyakova. The program offers research projects and joint expeditions with the participation of graduate students in collaboration with the University of Northern Arizona (USA), the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the Bloemfontein National Museum (South Africa), other universities and scientific centers of the world. UTMN offers tuition-free enrollment for graduate school students in the field of "Biological Sciences". For the year 2020/2021, the number of tuition-free eateries available is 16.


Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications 
Photo: Yandex.ru

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