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Curriculum vitae

 

After reading books of Gerald Durell and Jean Henri Fabre in school, I got interested in entomology and completed my MSc and CSc on beetles associated with wood-decaying fungi in Lomonosov Moscow State University, supervised by Prof. R.D. Zhantiev, in 2000. Gradually I became interested in polypores, and in 2002 I continued studying fungus-beetle interactions in the Finnish Museum of Natural History. Doc. Tuomo Niemelä has supervised my work in the PUTTE research programme for deficiently known and threatened forest species, and my doctoral studies. I joined Prof. Ilkka Hanski and Prof. Otso Ovaskainen in the Metapopulation Research Group in January 2009 to explore mycelial interaction of wood-decaying fungi.

RESEARCH Ecological research of wood-decaying fungi is based mainly on the fruit body data, while mycelial interactions hidden inside the wood are poorly known and are seldom studied in situ. I aim to survey patterns and dynamics of mycelial distribution inside the wood, and ways of colonisation and competition between common and old-growth polypore species, and the role of beetles as vectors of fungi. High-throughput sequencing is used to measure the abundance and identify the mycelial DNA.

My second postdoc project in the Metapopulation Research Group “Colonization gates and establishment of wood-decaying fungi in European Spruce”, funded by the Academy of Finland 2012–2015, focuses on molecular ecology (metagenomics) of fungal communities in living and standing dead wood of spruce (Picea abies), and also applies the next-gen sequencing methods to study fungus-insect interactions in Finland. This study is a part of a larger project on the metacommunity dynamics of wood-decaying fungi, lead by Prof. Otso Ovaskainen. In addition, I collaborate with LUOMUS – Finnish Museum of Natural History as a taxonomy coordinator, working on the biodiversity and nomenclature database systems.

My research interests include mycology, molecular and community ecology, metagenomics, next-gen / high-throughput sequencing and molecular identification, dead wood, species interactions and successions, entomology, as well as host selection and fungivory in insects, in particular Coleoptera, wood-decaying fungi, databases, nature conservation, boreal, temperate, and montane ecosystems.

TEACHING Biodiversity in dead wood, Coordinator; Taxonomy and Biology of Polypores, Assistant; Saproxylic seminar, Chair; Conservation Biology in Fragmented Landscapes, Mentor; Forest microbiology and fungal biotechnology, Invited lecturer (University of Helsinki), Entomology field course (Moscow State University).

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Ecology
  • Basidiomycetes
  • Coleoptera
  • wood-decaying fungi
  • boreal and temperate forests
  • community ecology
  • species interactions
  • saproxylic organisms
  • fungivorous beetles

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2000 2019

Combining high-throughput sequencing with fruit body surveys reveals contrasting life-history strategies in fungi

Ovaskainen, O., Schigel, D., Ali-Kovero, H., Auvinen, P., Paulin, L., Norden, B. & Norden, J., Sep 2013, In : ISME Journal. 7, 9, p. 1696-1709 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Fungivory and host associations of Coleoptera: a bibliography and review of research approaches

Schigel, D., 2012, In : Mycology: An International Journal on Fungal Biology. 3, 4, p. 258-272 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Polypore-beetle associations in Finland

Schigel, D., 2011, In : Annales Zoologici Fennici. 48, 6, p. 319-348 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Fungivory of saproxylic Coleoptera: the mystery of rejected polypores

Schigel, D., 2012, In : Studia forestalia Slovenica. 137, p. 53–58 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Fungus–beetle food web patterns in boreal forests

Schigel, D., 2011, In : Russian Entomological Journal. 20, p. 141–150 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2004 2015

Polypore survey of the Białowieża National Park

Schigel, D. S., Niemelä, T. & Kinnunen, J.

01/09/2007 → …

Project: Research project

Activities 1995 2013

Mycology: An International Journal on Fungal Biology (Journal)

Dmitry Sergeevich Schigel (Reviewer)
2011 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Tutkijoiden näkökulmia metsälakiesitykseen 11.2.2013

Dmitry Sergeevich Schigel (Attendee)
11 Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Biodiversity in dead wood

Dmitry Sergeevich Schigel (Chair)
18 Nov 201322 Nov 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Dmitry Sergeevich Schigel (Visiting researcher)
1 Jan 201212 Dec 2012

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

2012 TDWG Annual Conference

Dmitry Sergeevich Schigel (Speaker: Presenter)
22 Oct 201226 Oct 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Forschung im Regenwald

Dmitry Sergeevich Schigel

28/06/2010

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Käävät kiinnostavat kovakuoriaisia – ja ne tutkijoita

Dmitry Sergeevich Schigel

14/11/2005

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media