Head of Laboratory, Senior Researcher
The main aspects of research are the systematics, morphology, ecology, phenology, zoogeography, phylogeny, and determination of trophic relationships of present and fossil insects. The greatest attention is paid to the research of butterflies, dipterous insects, beetles, registration of new organism species, and assessment and forecast of entomofauna changes due to climate change and increasing anthropogenic impact. The laboratory also performs an assessment of the structure of soil arthropod communities and studies insect development under laboratory conditions. Research is being conducted on the development of blood-sucking dipteran insects and their significance as vectors of pathogens in the wild. Based on the structure of entomocomplexes and the indicator properties of insect groups or species, the most valuable territories of Lithuania are identified.
Investigations are carried out using microscopy, comparative morphology, as well as morphometric, histological, and molecular (PCR, sequencing) research methods, along with phylogenetic, statistical and spectrum analysis of trophic relationships, as well as determination and analysis of community composition.