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May 2017

Division of Natural Sciences

Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology- Institute of Zoology

Founded in: 1943
Specialization: Zoology, Parasitology, Zoogeography, Biodiversity, Ecology, Nature protection
Director: DrSc Kim P. Dilbaryan
Address: 7, Sevak Str., Yerevan 0014, Republic of Armenia
Tel.: (+374 10) 28 16 21, (+374 10) 28 16 01
E-mail: zool [ at ], kdilbaryan [ at ]

General Information

The Institute consists of 5 laboratories:
  • Zoology of Vertebrate (headed by Mamikon G. Ghasabyan, PhD)
  • Entomology and Soil zoology (headed by Мark Yu. Kalashyan, PhD)
  • General Helminthology and Parasitology (headed by Sergey H. Movsesyan, DrSc, NAS RA academician)
  • Physiology of Animal Behavior (headed by Gagik T. Sargisov, DrSc).
  • Genetic (headed by Kim P. Dilbaryan, DrSc)
    The Institute has a
  • Zoological Museum (headed by duard G. Yavruyan, DrSc),
  • Invertebrate scientific collections (headed by Margarita A. Marjanyan, PhD)
  • osteological collections (headed by Nina H. Manaseryan, DrSc)
  • Scientific library (headed by Anahit H. Mkrtchyan),
  • Joint Scientific Experimental Centre (JSEC) of Institute of Zoology of Centre of Zoology and Hydroecology of NAS RA and Center of Parasitology within the A.N.Severtsov Institute of Problem of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences (scientific supervisor- Sergey H.Movsesyan, NAS RA Academician, DrSc., headed by S.V.Suqiasyan).

    Staff - 78,
    Scientific staff - 49, among which
    Candidates of science (PhD) - 27
    Doctors of Science (DrSc) - 7
    Academicians - 1

  • Main Fields of Activity

  • Study of animal biodiversity, ecology, evolution, taxonomy, morphology, zoogeography, ethology of fauna of Armenia.
  • Study of biodiversity of parasitofauna, ecology, parasite-host interrelations, injuriousness and parasitic diseases of animals and plants in Armenia.
  • Assessment of animal biodiversity and biological resources of Armenia, their sustainable use and conservation.

  • Main Results

  • The species composition of fauna including around 17200 invertebrate and 549 vertebrate species has been identified. More than 300 new animal species have been described. The current state of the Armenian fauna has been assessed and about 500 species have been recorded as endemic, and more than 300 have been classified as rare and endangered.
  • Bone and other animal remains from archaeological sites, monuments, burials as well as rock engravings dated back to Pleistocene, Holocene and the Middle Ages have been studied. The species composition of Holocene fauna which includes 67 vertebrate species has been identified. It has become clear that in the period from the Bronze Age until the Middle Ages, 10 in 25 mammal species have become completely extinct.
  • Parasite fauna and parasitic diseases of animals and plants of Armenia have been studied. More than 900 species of helminthes of plants and of wild and domestic animals have been described. Important findings on the dynamic of seasonal and age-specific infestation of animals and plants by helminthes have been received. Transmission patterns, ecological and biological traits, parasite-host interrelations of most hazardous helminthes for humans and animals have been researched.
  • Rich scientific collections and a zoological museum have been created, including large amount of materials and unique specimens of numerous species of the fauna of Armenia and adjacent regions.
  • The role of deep brain structures in modulating behavioral responses of animals are studied. Evolutionary studies are held to examine learning and memorizing processes in animals and behavioral characteristics of animals under extreme conditions.
  • Response mechanisms in insects as an effect of genetic adaptation in the course of their microevolution are studied. Research is held to study intra- and inter-population phenotypic and genotypic variations of invertebrate and vertebrate animals.
  • Faunal studies have contributed to the creation of protected area network (PAs). Recommendations to modify the existing boundaries and establish new protected areas have been and continue to be developed.
  • With the aim of conservation and reproduction of the rare and endangered species, a hybrid population of mouflon and domestic sheep was created and a method of artificial breeding of Ararat cochineal (Porphirophora hamelii Brandt) was developed.
  • Methods of control and treatment of a range of parasitic diseases of farm animals and crops, as well as genetic, biological and other environmentally-friendly methods of control of agricultural pests have been developed.

    Main Publications

    Throughout the existence of the Institute, its employees have published a numerous monographs, including 7 identification guides, 12 volumes of series “Fauna of Armenia”, 23 volumes of “Zoological Collected Articles”, more than 6000 scientific articles and proceedings of scientific conferences, as well as handbook of “Pests of agricultural crops, forests and stored products of Armenia”, The Red Data Book of Armenian SSR (Animals) (1987) and The Red Book of Animals of the Republic of Armenia (2010), where a section on invertebrate fauna has been included for the first time.


    The scientific work performed by the specialists of the Institute was honored by State awards, including golden (R. Sarkisov, 1979), silver (S. Movsesyan, 1959; A. Sevumyan, 1979), and bronze (L. Mkrtchyan, 1979) medals in Exhibitions of Achievements of National Economy of USSR, State Award of Armenian SSR (S. Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1985), RAN Award after ak. K.Skryabin (S.Movsesyan, 2002), Medal of the Prime-Minister of the Republic of Armenia (G. Sargisov, 2011), Medals of the Minister of Nature Protection of RA (A. Aghasyan, M. Kalashyan, 2011) as well as the Distinguished Scientist of RA award (S.O. Movsesyan, 2013) and others.

    Joint units

    In 1996 Russian-Armenian Joint Scientific Experimental Center (RA JSEC) has been established by agreement between the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Zoology of the SCZH NAS RA and located in Nor Artamet village of Kotayk marz. This is the first joint scientific unit in entire NIS, which allowed re-establishing of lost collaboration between NAS RA and RAS. The JSEC serves as a base for experimental Parasitology and other zoological studies. Here the collaborative (with Russian specialists) efforts in experimental studies dedicated to important issues to biodiversity, zoology and parasitology, and tests of effective and environmentally safe methods of agricultural pest control are implemented. Тhe results of joint research have great scientific and practical importance and are presented in more than 50 national, regional and international peer-reviewed publications, including two monographs.

  • Other Information

    Scientists of the Institute have participated and participate in the preparation of several documents representing Armenia in the international arena; in particular, those documents include National Reports and Communications to the International Conventions (CBC, FCCC, CBD, Bern, CITES, etc.). The Institute periodically organizes national, regional and international scientific conferences (7 of which have been held within the last ten years).


    In the framework of IncoNet EaP Plus project National Academy of Sciences of RA announces call for networking grants for participation in Brokerage Events related to Horizon2020 as well as in Preparatory Meetings for the development of concrete project proposals for selected thematic calls within H2020

    The Institute of Literature after M. Abeghyan of the National Academy of Sciences of RA organizes a republican scientific session dedicated to the 180th anniversary of Perch Proshyan, which will take place on the 15th of June, 2017, in Yerevan

    On 5 July, 2017, NAS RA Institute of History organizes a scientific conference in Yerevan devoted to the 90th anniversary of NAS RA academician H. Bartikyan

    On 7-9 July, 2017, NAS RA Institute of History organizes the XXXVIII scientific session of young scientific workers of the NAS RA Institute of History in Aghveran

    In the framework of EU H2020 Black Sea Horizon project the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia announces a call for participation in BSH Horizon 2020 Summer School on Social Sciences and Humanities, to be held on 10-12 July, 2017 in Yerevan

    On 18-22 September, 2017, Department of Physics and Astrophysics of NAS RA and Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory after V.A. Ambartsumian of NAS RA organize International Symposium "Star formation and star formation regions" in Byurakan. For more information see:

    On 19-22 September, 2017, Department of Physics and Astrophysics of NAS RA and the Institute for Physical Research of NAS RA organize

    On 25-28 September, 2017, Institute for Informatics and Automation problems of NAS RA organizes 11th International Conference on "Computer Science and Information Technologies - CSIT-2017" (Yerevan, Armenia). For more information see:

    On 25-29 September, 2017, the V International Conference on "Chemistry and Chemical Technologies" will be held in Yerevan, organized by the M.G. Manvelyan Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry NAS RA and Division of Chemistry and Earth Sciences NAS RA

    In September, 2017, the Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA organizes the International Young Scientists School “Molecular and Cellular Bases of Host-Microbes Interactions: Immunogenomics”

    On 2-6 October, 2017, the Institute of Mechanics of NAS RA, Ishlinsky Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of Armenia, Russian National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, Goris State University organize 5th International Conference on "Topical problems of Continuum Mechanics" (Goris, Armenia).For more information see

    On 3-7 October, 2017 the V Symposium of Armenian Chemical Society (with international participation) "Actual Problems of Fundamental and Applied Chemistry" ArmCS-5 will be held in Yerevan, organized by the Armenian Chemical Society and Scientific Technological Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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