The Prioksko-Terrasny Zapovednik Board of Studies Meeting

Specialists of the Science Department of the Prioksko-Terrasny Zapovednik discussed the preparations for the all-Russian meeting and seminar.

On October 12, Thursday, the meeting of the Board of Studies took place. The main goal of the meeting was to estimate the fulfillment of 2017 plan and to discuss the scientific research plans of the Board for the next year.

Rimma Seifulina, Ph.D. in Biology and Researcher of the reserve, spoke about the results of spider counts in the reserve. Today the list of all the spiders found in the reserve includes 268 species. Nevertheless, Rimma Seifulina found reliable proves, that it is only 60% of the real number and the reserve may have about 400 spider species. She also presented her newly published book Spiders of the European Part of Russia, which has colorful pictures of the spiders taken in the Prioksko-Terrasny Zapovednik.

During the second part of the meeting the scientists discussed the preparations for the all-Russian meeting and seminar with participation of foreign guests called Eurasian Nature Records: Large-Scale Analysis of Changing Ecosystems. The Prioksko-Terrasny Zapovednik participates in the arrangements together with Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and University of Helsinki. Meeting and seminar will take place on November 6-10 in Vozdvizhenskoye Park and Hotel near the reserve.


The reports prepared by the reserve for the future meeting were presented. For example, a report the Research of Forest Stand Spatial Structure on the Territory of the Prioksko-Terrasny Zapovednik was about the results of forest flora mapping activity with the use of drones and about the methods to model forest ecosystems.


Another report – Publication of Data on Global Biodiversity Portals – is about the results of data publication in GBIF global network. Today the Prioksko-Terrasny Zapovednik is the only one in Russia to share its materials in a global network.

All the reports were discussed and accepted by the Board of Studies.