V. B. Dubinin

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Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg, Russia Zoological Museum. V. B. Dubinin, Head, 1947 - 1954 During the war, the Department of Parasitology, along with the entire institute, was evacuated to Tajikistan where the researchers made full use of the opportunity for year-round field work provided by the conditions of Central Asia and built up a great reserve for further studies. From the early postwar period until very recently, the department organized expeditions in Russia, the republics of the former USSR, and abroad (China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria). This, in particular, provided the museum with extensive collections. The department (ranked as a separate laboratory in 1977) developed studies in a number of fields. These studies concerned ticks belonging to the Ixodoidea (Yu.S. Balashov, N.A. Filippova, and G.V. Serdyukova), various other groups of ticks (V.B. Dubinin, N.V. Bregetova, V.I. Volgin, E.V. Dubinina, L.G. Sitnikova, S.V. Mironov, and A.B. Shatrov), the assemblage of bloodsucking Diptera (A.S. Monchadsky, A.N. Berzina, K.A. Breev, I.S. Amosova, V.M. Glukhova, and A.V. Yankovsky), fleas (S.O. Vysotskaya, V.S. Vashchenok, and S.G. Medvedev), and lice (D.I. Blagoveshchensky). The results of these studies were published in more than 40 volumes of Fauna SSSR (The Fauna of the USSR), in Fauna Rossii i sopredel 'nykh stran (The Fauna of Russia and Adjacent Countries), in Opredeliteli po faune ... ( Guide-books to the Fauna ...), in 20 volumes of Parazitologicheskogo sbornika (Parasitological Collected Articles), and in many monographs and papers. Based on complex investigation of particular groups of parasitic and bloodsucking arthropods, the researchers proposed original phylogenetic schemes and essentially contributed to the understanding of the evolutionary features characteristic of these animals. Complex life cycles represented by the alternation of life forms at different phases of individual development of the same species (free-living and parasitic or parasitic of various extent of interdependence between parasite and host) and polyvalent interrelations of the same transmitting species with the hosts and pathogens increase the role of each species in the formation of knowledge about biological diversity. ¹

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