Projects

Institutional projects

“III-CXT: Collaborative Research: Interactive and intelligent searching of biological images by query and network navigation with learning capabilities”. (DEB- IIS-08008770, 2008-10). The project develops a computer-assisted interactive identification tool for nematode genera, which intelligently assists and learns from the user. The project: (a) develops novel and customize existing techniques, and (b) integrates capabilities into a comprehensive framework, using nematodes as a subject. The main research challenges are theextraction of features and similarity functions for nematodes, and the mining, clustering and anomaly detection for image and non-image data. The project evaluates methods using: (a) richly-connected networks representing the similarity of samples, and (b) multidimensional feature space to identify discriminating features.

“Training the next generation of nematode taxonomists: applying the tools of modern monography across free-living and parasitic Tylenchina”. (DEB-0731516; 2007-12). The study provides a new basis for broad phylogenetic classification of the Tylenchina, and prepares a detailed monographic revisions targeting specific clades that are particularly underdeveloped in taxonomic resolution. This research will result in recognition of the morphological/diagnostic characters correlated with molecular phylogenetic hypotheses.

“First exploration of nematode diversity in the Shipley-Skinner reserve”. (2007-2008). The project provided first taxonomic survey of nematodes and from the Shipley-Skinner Reserve – Riverside County Endowment.

“Collaborative bioinventory of intertidal nematode meiofauna to advance systematics and monitor ecological change in the Northern Gulf of California”. (DEB-0315829; 2003-08). This project focuses on the inventory of nematodes of the intertidal zone of five diverse regions of Mexico’s Gulf. Principal investigators are affiliated with Department of Nematology, University of California at Riverside and Hubbard Centre for Genome Studies, University of New Hampshire, USA.

“Assembling the Tree Of Life: Phylum Nematoda: Integrating Multidisciplinary Expertise and Infrastructure for Resolving Relationships in a Major Branch of the Tree of Life” (DEB-0228692; 2002-07). This project is aimed to develop a comprehensive evolutionary framework bringing together worldwide expertise to resolve phylogenetic relationships of Nematoda (http://nematol.unh.edu/). Principal investigators are affiliated with Department of Nematology, University of California at Riverside, Department of Nematology, University of California Davis, Department of Biology, New York University and Hubbard Centre for Genome Studies, University of New Hampshire, USA.

“Current state and transformation processes in the hydrobiocenoses of the water bodies of the western Ukraine, their conservation and management” (Бз-11Б, № 0103U001078, 2001-2006). Principal investigators are affiliated with Faculties of Biology, Geology and Geography of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine.

“Influence of the environmental factors on the state and conservation of the biodiversity of Shatsk National Natural Park”. (ОБ 72Б, № 0101U001441, 2000-2005). Principal investigators are affiliated with Faculties of Biology, Geology and Geography of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine.

Individual grants and fellowships

Individual scholarship ( April 2009 — May 2009) from the “EUMAINE – European Master of Science in Nematology” supported by the Erasmus Mundus Program.

Individual research project “Morphology and systematics of the order Plectida” (February 2005 — January 2006) supported by the Laboratory of Nematology, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

CA/7927 — six month (2001) fellowship from the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries via the International Agricultural Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

GSU 084076 — one year (1998-1999) personal research grant within the International Science Education Program, supported by the International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine.

ISSEP GSU 064061 — one year (1996-1997) personal research grant supported by the International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine.

ISSEP GSU 054256 — one year (1995-1996) personal research grant supported by the International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine.