- I received my undergraduate training at Kazakh State University, Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan (1965–1970). I was a postgraduate student at the Institute of Biology and Soil
Sciences, Vladivostok (1973–1976) with a major in entomology (taxonomy, systematic, phylogeny, evolution), and received my Ph.D. degree in 1978 and Dr.Sci.
degree in 1993. I am professor in entomology since 2001.
- At the Institute of Biology and Sciences I served as a junior scientist (1976–1986), and as a senior scientist (1986–1989). I was appointed head of the
Entomology Laboratory in 1989 and continue to serve in that position.
- Five postgraduate students have prepared their thesis on entomology for Ph.D. under my supervision: P. Nemkov (1993), V. Sidorenko (1993), P. Klimov (1999), T. Markova
(2000), and E. Zakharov (2001). Currently I am supervisor of postgraduate student who study the bees.
- I am a Member of Russian Entomological Society and of the International Society of Hymenopterists. I also
serve as vice-editor of the series "Key to the insects of Russian Far East" (up to now fifteen
books printed) and I am a member of the editorial board of the journals "Far Eastern Entomologist"
(Vladivostok) and "Vestnik Zoologii" (Kiev, Ukraine). I was the editor of nine books and co-editor of five books in entomology.
- My scientific expertise is primarily in the Palaearctic and Oriental Mutillidae in which I have published on taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny and evolution. I have also published
a number of contributions on Palaearctic Pompilidae. Some paper have been published on Palaearctic Trigonalidae, Chrysididae, Bethylidae, Sierolomorphidae, Apidae,
Formicidae and beetles. I have 89 publications, many of them are in English.