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Faculty of Biology, University of Bialystok houses the Vysegrad Scholarhip holder from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Dr. Oleksandr Varha

From 1.09.2020 to 30.06.2021 the Laboratory of Insect Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Biology, houses the Vysegrad Scholarhip holder from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Dr. Oleksandr Varha. He is an internationally recognized expert in taxonomy and systematics of the poorly studied insect group – family Ichneumonidae. His current project “The diversity of the poorly studied ichneumonid parasitoids (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) in the Carpathian Basin: new light on the European biodiversity hotspots” is based on the large number of unsorted samples collected by Dr. Agata Kostro-Ambroziak in Polish part of the Carpathian Basin.

The main aim of the study is to compare the Ichneumonidae species diversity of mountainous Polish localities with already studied similar areas from the other parts of the Carpathians, Ukrainian and Romanian. It helps to get more clear conception of general biodiversity of the region and thus, to fill the ‘gap’ in Oleksandr’s research on Ichneumonidae diversity of the Carpathian Basin as one of the possible biodiversity hotspots in Europe. The project also provided more options for closer cooperation between Dr. Oleksandr Varha and Dr. Agata Kostro-Ambroziak in ichneumonid systematics and exploring of the new insect taxa, which has been already displayed in joint publications.

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