Helena V. Shaverdo

Collection Manager Coleoptera

  1. Systematics, phylogeny, and biogeography of New Guinean Exocelina Broun, 1886
  2. Fauna of the Nearctic diving beetles
  3. Dytiscidae of Mongolia
  4. Dytiscidae of Myanmar
  5. Larval morphology of Dytiscidae

  • 10.X.1974 born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1981 - 1991 primary and secondary school in Orsha, Belarus
  • 25.VI.1991 finishing the secondary school with a silver medal
  • 1991 - 1996 Faculty of Biology, Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus (specialization in zoology)
  • 01.VI.1996 finishing the University with the “Honorary Diploma” of qualification “Biologist, Teacher of Biology and Chemistry” and with the highest score for M.Sc. thesis on faunistics, ecology, and zoogeography of the predacious water beetles of Belarus
  • 1996 - 1999 postgraduate courses at the Institute of Zoology of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), Minsk, Belarus
  • 1999 - 2000 junior researcher at the Department of Entomology of the Institute of Zoology of NASB, Minsk, Belarus
  • 23.III.2000 receiving Ph.D. degree, thesis “Beetles of the family Dytiscidae (Coleoptera: Adephaga) of Belarus: larval morphology, fauna, phenology” , Minsk, Belarus
  • 2000 - 2003 researcher at the Department of Entomology of the Institute of Zoology of NASB, Minsk, Belarus
  • 2002 - 2003 post-doctoral project on systematics and faunistics of the genus Hydroporus of the Palearctic and Nearctic Regions at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; financial support by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), NATO Science Fellowship
  • since 13.X.2003 constantly living in Austria, Vienna
  • 2003 - 2010 research associate at the International Research Institute for Entomology, the Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria
  • 2010 - 2011 independent contractor at the International Research Institute for Entomology, the Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria
  • since 01.X.2011 collection manager at the International Research Institute for Entomology, the Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria
40 publications on predacious water beetles
1.Shaverdo, E.V. 1994: Taxonomic ratio of the elements of the fauna of water beetles (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae) of Minsk Province, pp. 161-162. - In: Theses of the reports of VII zoological conference. Minsk. (in Russian)
2.Shaverdo, E.V. 1995: Ecological review of Hydradephaga of Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, pp. 45-47. - In: Collected scientific articles of the students 52 students' conference. Minsk: BSU. (in Russian)
3.Shaverdo, E.V. 1995: The predaceous water beetles (Coleoptera, Hydradephaga) of Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. - Vestnik BGU. Series 2, № 3: 35-38. (in Russian)
4.Shaverdo, E.V. 1996: Space-biotopical distribution of the predaceous water beetles (Coleoptera, Hydradephaga) of Berezinsky Reserve, pp. 162-163. - In: Theses of the reports of the regional conference on theoretical and practical questions. Vitebsk. (in Russian)
5.Shaverdo, E.V. 1997: For cognition of the fauna of Hydradephaga (Coleoptera) of Belarus. -Vestnik BGU. Series 2. № 1: 25-26. (in Russian)
6.Moroz, M.M., Shaverdo, E.V. 1997: Family Crawling Water Beetles - Haliplidae, family Noteridae, family Predaceous Diving Beetles - Dytiscidae, family Whirligig Beetles - Gyrinidae, pp. 81-87. - In: E.I. Khotko (ed.): Order Beetles - Coleoptera. Invertebrate of national park "Pripyatskyi". Hand-book. Minsk. (in Russian)
7.Shaverdo, E.V. 1998: Ecologo-faunistic description of the water Adephaga (Coleoptera) of the reserved territories of Belarus. - In: Problems of entomology in Russia: Collected scientific articles of XI Congress of Russian Entomological Society. Zoological Institute of RAS. St.-Petersburg. Vol. 2: 209-210.
8.Shaverdo, H. 1998: New data on the fauna of Hydradephaga of Belarus. - Latissimus 10: 35-37.
9.Shaverdo, H. 1999: Contribution to the larval morphology of third-instar larvae of Laccophilus hyalinus (Deg.) and L. minutus (L.) (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). - Genus 10 (1): 37-46.
10. Shaverdo, E. V. 1999: Opisanie lichinok Hydroporus tristis (Paykull) (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) [Description of larvae of Hydroporus tristis (Paykull) (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)] - Vesti NAN Belarusi, Seryya biyalagichnykh navuk [Proceedings of NAS of Belarus. Series Biological Science ] 4: 112-116. (in Russian)
11. Shaverdo, H. 1999: Dytiscid species new to Belarus. - Latissimus 12: 32.
12. Shaverdo, E.V. 1999: Overwintering stages of diving water beetles (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae) in Belarus. - In: Structural and functional state of biological diversity of animals of Belarus: Theses of the reports of VIII zoological conference. Institute of Zoology of NAS of Belarus. Minsk: 350-351. (in Russian)
13. Shaverdo, E.V. 2000: Life cycles and the features of overwintering of the beetles of the family Dytiscidae in Belarus. - Proceedings of NAS of Belarus. Series Biological Science 1: 117-121. (in Russian)
14. Shaverdo, H. 2000: Description of larvae of Hydroporus rufifrons (O.F. Müller) (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae, Hydroporinae). - Koleopterologische Rundschau 70: 11-16.
15. Shaverdo, H. 2000: Description of first instars of Hydroporus palustris, H. striola and H. incognitus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), with a key to the known first instars of Hydroporus from the Palaearctic region. - Entomological Problems 31 (2): 171-174.
16. Shaverdo, H. & Fery, H. 2001: Hydroporus crinitisternus sp.nov. from South-Eastern Kazakhstan and Mongolia (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Entomological Problems 32 (1): 33-36.
17. Shaverdo, H.V. & Kirejtshuk, A.G. 2001: Sem. Dytiscidae (lichinki) [Fam. Dytiscidae (larvae)], pp. 227-268. - In: Tsalolikhin S.Ya. (ed.): Opredelitel' presnovodnykh bespozvonochnykh Rossii i sopredel'nykh territoriy. Vysshye nasekomye [Keys to the freshwater invertebrates of Russia and neighbouring territories. Insects], Vol. 5. - St.-Petersburg: Nauka, 836 pp. (in Russian)
18. Shaverdo, H. 2002: New data on the distribution of some species of Agabus Leach and Ilybius Erichson (Insecta: Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Koleopterologische Rundschau 72: 123-125.
19. Shaverdo, H.V., Roughley, R.E. & Mousseau, T. 2002: New records of Dytiscidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) in Manitoba. - Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Manitoba 58: 8-9.
20. Shaverdo, H.V. 2003: Plavuntsy [Diving water beetles] (Dytiscidae). - A scientific outline in the INTERNET site of Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, St.-Petersburg, http://www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera/rus/incody.htm, (in Russian)
21. Shaverdo, H.V. 2003: Adephagous water beetles of Armenia (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae, Haliplidae, Noteridae). - Koleopterologische Rundschau 73: 31-42.
22. Shaverdo, H.V. 2003: Dytiscidae: VII. Description of the larva of Colymbetes minimus Zaitzev (Coleoptera), pp.199-204. - In Jäch, M.A. & L. Ji (eds.): Water beetles of China, Vol. III. - Wien: Zoologisch-Botanische Gesellschaft in Österreich and Wiener Coleopterologenverein, VI + 572 pp.
23. Giberson, D.J. & Shaverdo, H.V. 2003: Update on the Survey of Aquatic Insects from Keewatin and MacKenzie project: The predaceous water beetles (Coleoptera: Adephaga: Dytiscidae and Gyrinidae). - Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods) 22 (2): 61-65.
24. Shaverdo, H.V. 2003: A new species of Hydroporus Clairville from Chukotka, Northern Far East of Russia (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Entomological Problems 33 (1-2): 59-62.
25. Shaverdo, H.V. & Jäch, M.A. 2003: Case 3274. Hydroporus foveolatus Heer, 1839 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence of the specific name over Hydroporus nivalis Heer, 1839. - Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 60(4): 284-286.
26. Shaverdo, H.V. 2004: New records and additional data on the distribution of some species of Hydroporus Clairville (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Koleopterologische Rundschau 74: 143-146.
27. Shaverdo, H.V. & D. J. Giberson. 2004. Predaceous water beetles (Coleoptera: Adephaga: Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae) collected along the Horton and Thelon Rivers in the Arctic Central Barrens of Canada. - Canadian Field-Naturalist 118 (3): 425-433.
28. Shaverdo, H.V. 2004: Revision of the nigrita-group of Hydroporus Clairville, 1806 (Insecta: Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien 105B: 217-263.
29. Shaverdo, H.V. 2005: New records of some species of diving water beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) from the Palearctic and Nearctic Regions, pp. 327-331. - In: Konstantinov, A., Tishechkin A., Penev, L. (eds.): Contributions to systematics and Biology of Beetles. Papers Celebrating the 80th birthday of Igor Konstantinovich Lopatin. Sofia-Moscow: Pensoft Publishers, 450 p.
30. Shaverdo, H.V., Sagata, K. & Balke, M. 2005: Five new species of the genus Papuadytes Balke, 1998 from New Guinea (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Aquatic Insects 27 (4): 269-280.
31. Shaverdo, H.V. 2006: Revision of the longiusculus-group of the genus Hydroporus Clairville, 1806 (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Zootaxa 1170: 27-56.
32. Shaverdo, H.V. & Alarie, Y. 2006: Description of the larva of Canthyporus kenyensis Bilardo & Sanfilippo (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Hydroporinae) with implication for the phylogeny of the Hydroporini. - Aquatic Insects 28(2): 113-130.
33. Shaverdo, H.V. & Fery, H. 2006: Oreodytes shorti sp.n. from Mongolia (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Koleopterologische Rundschau 76: 35-42.
34. Shaverdo, H.V. 2007. Hyphydrus Illiger of Myanmar (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), with description of Hyphydrus schillhammeri sp.n. - Aquatic Insects 29(3): 203-212.
35. Shaverdo, H., Monaghan, M.T., Lees, D.C., Ranaivosolo, R. & Balke, M. 2008. Madaglymbus, a new genus of Malagasy endemic diving beetles and description of a highly unusual species based on morphology and DNA sequence data (Dytiscidae: Copelatinae). - Systematics and Biodiversity 6 (1): 43-51.
36. Shaverdo, H.V., Short, A.E.Z., Davaadorj, E. 2008. Diving beetles of Mongolia (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). - Koleopterologische Rundschau 78: 43-53.
37. Shaverdo, H.V. & Roughley-, R.E. 2011: Adephagous water beetles of Ontario and western Quebec, Canada (Dytiscidae, Haliplidae, Noteridae). - Koleopterologische Rundschau 81: 55-68.
38. Shaverdo, H.V. 2012: New and additional faunistic records for 18 species of diving beetles from the USA and Mexico (Dytiscidae) - Koleopterologische Rundschau 82: 83-86.
39. Shaverdo, H.V., Wewalka, G. & J. Li. 2012: Hydaticus tibetanus sp.n. from southeastern Tibet. (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) - Koleopterologische Rundschau 82: 77-81.
40. Shaverdo, H.V., Surbakti, S., Hendrich, L.& Balke, M. 2012: Introduction of the Exocelina ekari-group with descriptions of 22 new species from New Guinea (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Copelatinae). - ZooKeys 250: 1-76. Doi: 10.3897/zookeys.250.3715
Water beetles of the family Dytiscidae: morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, faunistics, larval morphology, and phenology
1992 - 2002   Numerous collecting trips across the territory of Belarus
1996                Carpathians, West Ukraine
1998                Izera Mountains, Czech Republic
2000                Austria and Black Forest Reserve, Germany
2001                Armenia
2002 - 2003   Several collecting trips in Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec Canada; Austria
2004                Myanmar (V-IV, XI-XII)
2012                Guipúzcoa, Spain

A) Discovery of taxa new for science:
1 genus, 33 species, and 1 subspecies of Dytiscidae
B) Research grants/funds:
1997 -1999 Fellowship of the Fundamental Research Foundation of Belarus, for a research project on larval morphology and phenology of Dytiscidae of Belarus at the Institute of Zoology of NASB, Minsk, Belarus
1998             Travel fund from the Fundamental Research Foundation of Belarus, for the presentation at the meeting of the Balfour-Browne Club, Liberec, Czech Republic
1998 - 2001 Several visitor’s funds from Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (ministry of education and cultural affairs) and "Freunde des Naturhistorisches Museum Wien"
2001 - 2002 INTAS Young Scientist Fellowship YSF 2001/2-0057 (not claimed due to the post-doctoral program in Canada)
2002 - 2003 NATO Science Fellowship of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), for a postdoctoral project at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
2004             Financial support for two expeditions to Myanmar from the name patron program of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
2012-2015    Research project (stand-alone project P 24312-B17) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Vienna, Austria
C) Academic/professional awards, prizes:
1995    Soros Scholarship, for the research activity at the Belarus State University, Minsk,         Belarus
1998    Competition award “Best scientific work of a student” from the Ministry of Education  of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus
D) Peer reviews (23):
1.      Scientific journals: Koleopterologische Rundschau (8), Aquatic Insects (3), Zootaxa (3), Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae (2), Journal of Natural History (1), Proccedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (1), "Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle" (1)
2.      Book manuscripts: 2
3.      Thesis: Ph.D.: 2
E) Work in museum collections:
1993 - 1996    Zoological Museum of the Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus
1995 - 2001    Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.-Petersburg, Russia
1998                Prague Museum of Natural History, Prague, Czech Republic
since 1998      Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Austria
2000                Institute of Zoology, Freiburg, Germany
2001                Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany
2001                Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
2002 - 2003    J.B.Wallis Museum, Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba,            Winnipeg, Canada
2002             Canadian National Collections of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Center, Research Branch, Ottawa, Canada
2005             Museum für Naturkunde der Alexander Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany
2012             Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Munich, Germany
F) Presentations at academic/professional conferences, societies, workshops:
National: 4
1. VII zoological conference, September, 27-29, 1994, Institute of Zoology of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), Minsk, Belarus
2. 52nd students' conference, May, 1995, Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus
3. Regional conference on theoretical and practical questions "Conservation of biological diversity of the Belarusian "Poozer'e", April, 25-26, 1996, Vitebsk, Belarus
4. VIII zoological conference, 1999, Institute of Zoology of NASB, Minsk, Belarus
International: 3
1. XI Congress of Russian Entomological Society, September 23-26, 1997, St.-Petersburg, Russia
2. Balfour-Brown Club's Meeting, May, 1998, Liberec, the Czech Republic
3. Balfour-Brown Club's Meeting, June, 2012, Hermani, Guipúzcoa, Spain
G) Professional or scientific affiliations:
1. Byelorussian Entomological Society, Belarus (since 1993)
2. The Balfour-Browne Club, Great Britain (since 1995)
3. Vienna Coleopterists’ Society (since 1999, since 2012 - treasurer)
5. Freunde des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien (since 2003)

H) Teaching experience:

June, 2000 - 2002 Yearly summer lectures and field courses on water invertebrates for the secondary school students of the Byelorussian Republic Ecological Center
since 2011               Teacher of Russian at “Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH”
I) Languages:
Russian, Byelorussian, German, English, Slovak, Spanish
J) Community contribution:
Interviews: radio (Minsk, Belarus), on the summer expeditions of the Byelorussian Republic Ecological Center to Lake Svityaz': summer 1999 and 2000


2. zoology

Aspöck Ulrike
staff scientist "1KITE" project (1K Insect Transcriptome Evolution)
Gaal-Haszler Sabine
staff scientist, curator
Jäch Manfred
staff scientist
Krapf Andrea
Lödl Martin
head of department
Randolf Susanne
staff scientist
Schillhammer Harald
staff scientist
Sehnal Peter
staff scientist
Vizek Manuela
Zettel Herbert
staff scientist
Zimmermann Dominique
staff scientist