Boris Zakharov

Visiting Scientist


Research Interests

I have a wide range of research experiences and interests, primary within the fields of Invertebrate Zoology, Biogeography, Evolution and System Theory approach in Biology. My Master's project in Arachnology (1979) was performed at Far East State University at city Vladivostok (Russia) and dedicated to orb-weaving spiders Family Araneidae of South East Russia. In 1989, I earned my Ph.D. in Entomology from Novosibirsk Biological Institute and it was dedicated to horse flies and deer-flies (Insecta, Diptera, Tabanidae) of South-East Transbaikalia. 

My professional career began at Natural Reserve "Kedrovaia Pad", where I worked as a Research Scientist. During 5 years of the field work at "Kedrovaia Pad" I collected invertebrates, processed zoological material and monitored seasonal and long-term dynamics of natural ecosystems. For several years after that I worked in Institute of Agricultural Chemistry (Novosibirsk, Russia), where I studied modern methods of pest control and crop protection. After my arrival in the United States in 1994 I was invited to participate in the project on Australasian ground spiders in AMNH.

Currently, I am working in collaboration with Vladimir Ovtcharenko on continuation the study of the ground spiders of Australia and New Zealand. We also initiate the study of invertebrate dynamics in the Black Rock Forest.


Zakharov B., Ovtcharenko V. 2007. Structure of genital organs and mating process of spider Hemicloea sundevalli Thorell, 1870 (Araneae, Gnaphosidae). In: 17th International Congress of Arachnology, August 5-10, 2007. São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil: 143.

Ovtsharenko V.I., Fedoryak M.M., Zakharov B.P. 2006. Ground spiders of the genus Taieria Forster, 1979 in New Zealand: taxonomy and distribution (Araneae: Gnaphosidae). Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Suppl. No. 1: 87-94.

Fedoryak M.M., Ovtsharenko V.I., Zakharov B.P. 2006. On the biology of ground spider’s genus Taieria (Araneae, Gnaphosidae), New Zealand. Scientific News of the Chernivtsi University, 297: 160-164.

Ovtcharenko V.I., Zakharov B.P. 2006. A peculiar Encoptarthria group of ground spiders (Araneae, Gnaphosidae) from Australia. In: 30th Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, June 17-21, 2006, Baltimore, Maryland, USA: 30.

Fedoryak M., Ovtcharenko V., Zakharov B. 2005. Distribution and relations of ground spiders genus Taieria (Araneae, Gnaphosidae) in Australasia. In: 29th Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, July 26-30, 2005, University of Akron, Ohio, USA: 24.

Zakharov B.P. 2005. Systematics of typological transformations. 2005, KMK Scientific Press, Moscow. Book, 164 p.

Zakharov B.P. 1993 Ecological and fauna characteristics of horse-flies from Sokhondo Natural Reserve. Siberian Biological Journal, Novosibirsk; 24: 73-77.

Zakharov B.P., 1990. Fauna and ecology of horse-flies (Diptera, Tabanidae) of Southwest Transbaikalia. Rare helmints, mites and insects. Novosibirsk: 64-75.

Zakharov B.P., 1990. New species of deer-fly genus Chrysops Mg. (Diptera, Tabanidae) from Southwest Transbaikalia. Rare helmints, mites and insects. Novosibirsk: 110-112.

Zakharov B.P., 1990. Fauna and rhythms of seasonal and diurnal activities of horse-flies from Southwest Transbaikalia. Arthropods and helminths, Novosibirsk: 214-227.

Zakharov B.P., 1988. About biological peculiarity of two subspecies of Hybomitra montana Mg. Ecology of populations, Moscow: 18-19.

Zakharov B.P., 1987. Distribution of horse-flies in Khamardaban Mountains. Ecology and geography of Siberian Arthropoda, Novosibirsk: 275-278.

Zakharov B.P., 1987. Fauna and ecology of horse-flies (Diptera, Tabanidae) of Southwest Transbaikalia. Blood-sucking Diptera and their control, Leningrad: 56-58.

Zakharov B.P., 1983. Effect of insecticide aerosols on crop protection. Optimization of insecticide aerosol technology, Novosibirsk: 26-32.

Zakharov B.P. Nomosystematics. (A Close Look at the Theoretical Foundation of Biological Classification). Book, 231 p., in press.