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Kaliningrad State Technical University ; abbreviated KSTU) is a technical university at Victory Square in Kaliningrad, Russia. It is located in the former combined Amtsgericht and Landgericht building of Königsberg, Germany.Having been founded on the basis of Moscow Technical Institute for the Fishery Industry, KSTU is justly considered as the beginning of Russian higher fishery education and a range of scientific schools in navigation, commercial fishery, and progressive technologies of food production. At present, it develops as a multi-disciplinary institution considering the demands and the economic potential of the Region, maintaining traditions of high quality specialist training for the fishery industry.Students are trained in 42 higher educational courses at various levels, namely, Bachelor, Professional Diploma, Master, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science Degrees; professionals are offered various upgrading courses.600 teachers and researchers, including 75 professors holding the Doktor Nauk Degree, 80 academicians and corresponding members of international and public Russian Academies of Science form the faculty if the University. 28 scientists are awarded titles of honoured workers of science, Russian higher education, branches of science, and the fishery industry.Scientific research is traditionally undertaken in many areas being the most important for the modern navigation, fisheries and seafood processing, power engineering, construction, production automation and control, information technology, natural science, nano-technology, etc. The University founded effectively working schools in ichthyology, commercial fishery, shipbuilding and repair, automation of production and control, technique and technology of raw materials processing. There are 12 research laboratories and scientific centres, four of them being of the applied character. Four dissertation councils work at the University.Recently, intensification of scientific work has involved the University into 25 federal scientific programmes, as well as in TEMPUS and TACIS projects. Regional representatives of public professional Academies of Science applied Centre for new Information Technologies, Research Institute for Maritime Engineering Service, Institute of Ecology and Sustainable Development successfully operate on the University basis.International co-operation of the University with foreign educational and research organizations is constantly expanding, with the Baltic Sea region in particular.Developing progressively, Kaliningrad State Technical University looks ahead with confidence. Wikipedia.


Alekseev V.I.,Kaliningrad State Technical University
Zoology and Ecology | Year: 2013

This paper contains a review of beetle species (Coleoptera) described from Baltic amber. The compiled checklist contains 434 species from 149 extinct and 138 extant genera. At this moment, 90 families are registered. The best known and therefore most diverse families are: Staphylinidae (77 described spp.), Curculionidae (46 spp.), Carabidae (32 spp.), Scirtidae (21 spp.), Cleridae (17 spp.), Elateridae (16 spp.), Dermestidae (16 spp.) and Cerambycidae (15 spp.). Possibly, about 530 species of beetles can be additionally described from Baltic amber. Copyright © 2013 Nature Research Centre.


Alekseev V.I.,Kaliningrad State Technical University
Baltic Journal of Coleopterology | Year: 2013

The first representative of the family Tetratomidae Billberg, 1820 is described from Eocene Baltic amber. Tetratoma nikitskyi sp. nov. is assigned to subgenus Abstrulia and differs from all known species of the subgenus by the structure of the antennae and prothorax.


Alekseev V.I.,Kaliningrad State Technical University
Baltic Journal of Coleopterology | Year: 2013

The first representative of the family Salpingidae Leach, 1815 is described from Baltic amber. Protolissodema ulrikae gen. et sp. nov. is the most similar to the extant genera Sphaeriestes Stephen, 1829, Rabocerus Mulsant, 1859 and especially Lissodema Curtis, 1833 and differs by the shape of pronotum, by the distinctly separated procoxae, by the not striate-punctate elytra and by the structure of antennae.


An annotated checklist of nine ñoleopteran families from the Russian part of the Curonian Spit has been compiled. The total amount of taxa include 90 species of 40 genera. The family Dytiscidae is represented by 42 species, Hydrophilidae by 32 species, Hydraenidae by five species, Helophoridae by three species, Haliplidae, Noteridae and Dryopidae by two species each, and Spercheidae and Hydrochidae by one species each. The specialised rheobiont and rheophil groups have not been recorded in the coleopterofauna of the Curonian Spit. On the contrary, the unspecialized eurybiont and stagnophil species associated with small temporal water bodies dominate. Especially interesting are the findings of species Hydroporus obscurus, Hygrotus parallelogrammus, Ilybius guttiger, Graphoderus austriacus, Peltodytes caesus, Cercyon castaneipennis, C. nigriceps, C. granarius, C. laminatus and Limnebius aluta. The possibility of habitation of aquatic Coleoptera in the Curonian Lagoon is discussed. A standard scheme for comparative analysis of the fauna is proposed. Copyright © 2012 Nature Research Centre.


Alekseev V.I.,Kaliningrad State Technical University
Zoology and Ecology | Year: 2014

Eleven new species of death-watch and spider beetles from Baltic amber are described and illustrated: Ernobius varmicus sp. nov., E. barticus sp. nov., E. notangicus sp. nov., E. nadravicus sp. nov., Episernus palvenikensis sp. nov. (Ernobiinae); Dryophilus hoffeinsorum sp. nov., Homophthalmus kunnegsgarbensis sp. nov. (Dryophilinae); Dignomus regiomontanus sp. nov., Ptinus scalovicus sp. nov., P. burukovskyi sp. nov. and P. anastasiae sp. nov. (Ptininae). The newly described taxa are compared with the extinct and related extant representatives of the genera. New fossil records on Sucinoptinus sucini Bellés et Vitali, 2007, S. bukejsi Alekseev, 2012, and Ptinus (Gynopterus) balticus Bellés et Vitali, 2007 are presented. A check-list of all described fossil Ptinidae from Baltic amber is given. © 2014 Nature Research Centre.

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