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Litvinov Yuri N.
publons_logo scopus_logo elibrary_logo.png Litvinov Yuri,
Head of Laboratory, DSc

Lab Team:

publons_logo scopus_logo google_scholar_logo elibrary_logo.png Abramov Sergey, Senior Researcher, PhD
publons_logo scopus_logo elibrary_logo.png Dupal Tamara, Senior Researcher, PhD
publons_logo scopus_logo elibrary_logo.png Erdakov Lev, Senior Researcher, DSc
elibrary_logo.png Klimova Svetlana, Junior Researcher
publons_logo scopus_logo elibrary_logo.png Kovaleva Vera, Senior Researcher, DSc
Lopatin Dmitry, Leading Engineer
publons_logo scopus_logo google_scholar_logo elibrary_logo.png Lopatina Natalya, Researcher
publons_logo scopus_logo google_scholar_logo elibrary_logo.png Moroldoev Igor, Senior Researcher, PhD
publons_logo scopus_logo elibrary_logo.png Panov Victor, Senior Researcher, PhD
publons_logo scopus_logo google_scholar_logo elibrary_logo.png Pozdnyakov Alexander, Senior Researcher, PhD
elibrary_logo.png Chupin Igor, Researcher, PhD
elibrary_logo.png Shilo Vladimir, Senior Researcher, PhD
Gumennikova Svetlana, Lab Technician

Former research workers:
Bochkarev N., PhD
Zuykova E., PhD
Simonov E., PhD
Chertilina O., PhD

The main areas of research

We work on various aspects of mammal biology. In particular, we focus on the studies of the organization of communities and populations of vertebrate animals inhabiting the different landscape and geographical zones of Siberia. These studies laid the foundations of ideas about animal communities as organized biosystems with different levels of resistance to environmental factors. At the population level, adaptive processes due to climate dynamics and different landscape and environmental conditions are studied. Studies are being conducted to identify the correspondence of morphological and molecular genetic data for use in zoological taxonomy. The main model objects are rodents and insectivores.

Studies on the biology of rare species of birds and mammals are being conducted. The technique for their breeding in captivity is being developed. Based on the data obtained, recommendations on the protection and increase in the abundance in nature of such species as Siberian grouse, white-headed duck, and musk deer are made.

Ecological and faunistic researches are being conducted on the protected areas in Siberia. The work is carried out to inventory the fauna and monitor rare species of mammals.

Selected publications


Kondratyuk, E.Yu., Zadubrovskiy, P.A., Lopatina, N.V., Litvinov, Yu.N. The concentration of blood glucocorticoids in tuva voles (Alticola tuvinicus, Rodentia, Microtinae). Zool. Zhurnal, Vol. 97, 2, 2018, 238-242. DOI:10.7868/S0044513418020125 (in russian).

Mikhail Rusin, Vladimir Lebedev, Vera Matrosova, Elena Zemlemerova, Natalia Lopatina, Anna Bannikova, 2018. Hidden diversity in the Caucasian mountains: an example of birch mice (Rodentia, Sminthidae, Sicista). Hystrix. V.29 (1). .61-66. DOI: 10.4404/hystrix-00050-2018

Mills, L.S., Bragina, E. V., Kumar, A. V., Zimova, M., Lafferty, D.J.R., Feltner, J., Davis, B.M., Hacklander, K., Alves, P.C., Good, J.M., Melo-Ferreira, J., Dietz, A., Abramov, A. V., Lopatina, N., Fay, K., 2018. Winter color polymorphisms identify global hot spots for evolutionary rescue from climate change. Science (80). 359/ P.10331036. DOI:10.1126/science.aan8097

Sibiryakov, P.A., Tovpinets, N.N., Dupal, T.A., Semerikov, V.L., Yalkovskaya, L.E., Markova, E.A., 2018. Phylogeography of the Common Vole Microtus arvalis, the Obscurus Form (Rodentia, Arvicolinae): New Data on the Mitochondrial DNA Variability. Russ. J. Genet. 54, 11851198. doi:10.1134/S1022795418100137

Zuykova E.I., Simonov E.P., Bochkarev N.A., Abramov S.A., Sheveleva N.G., Kotov A.A., 2018. Contrasting phylogeographic patterns in closely related species of Daphnia longispina group (Crustacea: Cladocera) with focus on north-eastern Eurasia. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0207347


Abramov, S.A., Lopatina, N. V., Litvinov, Y.N., 2017. Cranial size and shape variation in isolated populations of the Olkhon mountain vole (Alticola olchonensis Litvinov, 1960). Zoology, 123. . 91100. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2017.07.004

Dupal, T.A., Sergazinova, Z.M., Erzhanov, N.T., Litvinov, Y.N., 2017. Preliminary assessment of changes in the structure of small mammal communities caused by industrial pollution in the North Kazakhstan Region. Contemp. Probl. Ecol. 10, 700706. doi:10.1134/S199542551706004X

Moroldoev, I. V., Sheremetyeva, I.N., Kartavtseva, I. V., 2017. The first finding of East European vole (Microtus rossiaemeridionalis) in Buryatia. Russ. J. Biol. Invasions 8, 266271. doi:10.1134/S2075111717030109

Polyakov, A. V, Panov, V. V, 2017. Study of male-mediated gene flow across a hybrid zone in the common shrew (Sorex araneus) using Y chromosome. Comp. Cytogenet. 11(2), 421430. doi:10.3897/CompCytogen.v11i2.13494

Pozdnyakov, A.A. Abramov, S.A., Lopatina, N.V., Litvinov, Y.N. Morphotypical variability of the flat-headed vole (Alticola strelzowi, Rodentia, Arvicolinae). Zool. Zhurnal, Vol. 96, 10, 2017, 1267-1278. doi:10.7868/S0016675817050101 (in russian).

Rar, V., Livanova, N., Tkachev, S., Kaverina, G., Tikunov, A., Sabitova, Y., Igolkina, Y., Panov, V., Livanov, S., Fomenko, N., Babkin, I., Tikunova, N., 2017. Detection and genetic characterization of a wide range of infectious agents in Ixodes pavlovskyi ticks in Western Siberia, Russia. Parasites and Vectors. doi:10.1186/s13071-017-2186-5

Selivanova, M.A., Mikhantev, A.I., Erdakov, E.L., 2017. Cyclicity in the long-term population dynamics of diving ducks. Russ. J. Ecol. 48, 298301. doi:10.1134/S1067413617030171

Simonov, E.P., Dvilis, A.E., Lopatina, N. V., Litvinov, Y.N., Moskvitina, N.S., Ermakov, O.A., 2017. The influence of late pleistocene mountain glaciations on the genetic differentiation of long-tailed ground squirrel (Urocitellus undulatus). Russ. J. Genet. 53, 614622. doi:10.1134/S102279541705009X

Zadubrovskiy, P.A., Stepanova, A. V, Lopatina, N. V, Litvinov, Y.N., 2017. Behavior of subadult mountain voles of two species (Alticola strelzowi and A. tuvinicus) in the open field test. Contemp. Probl. Ecol. 10, 224229. doi:10.1134/S1995425517030118

Zadubrovskiy, P.A., Stepanova, A. V, Lopatina, N. V, Litvinov, Y.N., 2017. Behavior of subadult mountain voles of two species (Alticola strelzowi and A. tuvinicus) in the open field test. Contemp. Probl. Ecol. 10, 224229. doi:10.1134/S1995425517030118


Arai Satoru, Kang Hae Ji, Gu Se Hun, Ohdachi Satoshi D., Cook Joseph A., Yashina Liudmila N., Tanaka-Taya Keiko, Abramov Sergey A. et al. 2016. Diversity of Artybash Virus in the Laxmann's Shrew (Sorex caecutiens) Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 16 (7): 468-475. doi:10.1089/vbz.2015.1903.

Bakhvalova, V.N., Chicherina, G.S., Potapova, O.F., Panov, V. V., Glupov, V. V., Potapov, M.A., Seligman, S.J., Morozova, O. V., 2016. Tick-Borne Encephalitis Virus Diversity in Ixodid Ticks and Small Mammals in South-Western Siberia, Russia. Vector-Borne Zoonotic Dis. 16, Pp.541549. doi:10.1089/vbz.2015.1834

Bochkarev N.A., Zuykova E.I., Abramov S.A., Podorozhnyuk E.V., Politov D.V., 2016. The sympatric whitefishes oregonus ussuriensis and . chadary from the Amur River basin: Morphology, biology and genetic diversity. Fundam. Appl. Limnol. V. 189, 3. Pp.193-207. doi:10.1127/fal/2016/0801

Krystufek B., Pozdnyakov A.A., Ivajnsic D., Janzekovic F., 2016. Low phenotypic variation in eastern common hamsters Cricetus cricetus // Folia Zoologica. V. 65. No. 2. P. 148156.

Palkopoulou, E., Baca, M., Abramson, N. I., Sablin, M., ... Litvinov, Y. N., et al., 2016. Synchronous genetic turnovers across Western Eurasia in Late Pleistocene collared lemmings // Glob Change Biol, V. 22. N 5. 17101721. doi:10.1111/gcb.13214

Popova, O.N., Haritonov, A.Y., Erdakov, L.N., 2016. Cyclicity of long-term population dynamics in damselflies of the genus Coenagrion (Odonata, Zygoptera) in the Lake Chany basin. Russ. J. Ecol. 47, 7481. doi:10.1134/S1067413616010112


Chicherina, G.S., Morozova, O. V, Panov, V. V, Romanenko, V.N., Bakhvalov, S.A., Bakhvalova, V.N., 2015. Features of the tick-borne encephalitis virus infection of Ixodes persulcatus Shulzen Ixodes pavlovskyi Pomerantsev 1946 during period of growth and transformation of species structure of the ixodids community. Vopr. Virusol. Vol. 60, 5, 2015, 42-46. (in russian)

Litvinov, Y.N., Dupal, T.A., Erzhanov, N.T., Abylkhasanov, T.Z., Senotrusova, M.M., Moroldoev, I. V., Abramov, S.A., 2015. Aspects of shrew community organization in open landscapes of Siberia and northern Kazakhstan. Contemp. Probl. Ecol. 8, 211217. doi:10.1134/S1995425515020110

Oralova A.B., Erzhanov N.T., Abramov S.A., Lopatina N.V., Y.N. Litvinov, 2015. Craniometrical differentiation of population of the flat-headed vole in North Kazakhstan and South-East Altai. Biosci., Biotech. Res. Asia, 12 (Spl. Edn. 2), pp. 783-790. doi:10.13005/bbra/2260

Yashina, L.N., Abramov, S.A., Dupal, T.A., Danchinova, G.A., Malyshev, B.S., Hay, J., Gu, S.H., Yanagihara, R., 2015. Hokkaido genotype of Puumala virus in the grey red-backed vole (Myodes rufocanus ) and northern red-backed vole (Myodes rutilus) in Siberia. Infect. Genet. Evol. 33, 304313. doi:10.1016/j.meegid.2015.05.021


Abramov, S.A., Vinogradov, V.V., 2014. Ecological differentiation of mouselike rodents in the mountain forest belt of southern Middle Siberia. Biol. Bull. 41, 833841. doi:10.1134/S106235901410001X

Dupal, T.A., 2014. Distribution, abundance and population structure of the steppe lemming (Lagurus lagurus, Rodentia, Arvicolinae) on the periphery of its area. Zool. Zhurnal 93, 14541460. doi:10.7868/S0044513414120071 (in russian)

Moroldoev, I. V, Litvinov, Y.N., 2014. Communities of small mammals in the forest steppe of the Vitim upland (Western Transbaikalia). Contemp. Probl. Ecol. 7, 246249. doi:10.1134/S1995425514020097

Tkachev, S., Panov, V., Dobler, G., Tikunova, N., 2014. First detection of Kemerovo virus in Ixodes pavlovskyi and Ixodes persulcatus ticks collected in Novosibirsk region, Russia. Ticks Tick. Borne. Dis. 5, 494496. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2014.03.003