HERPETOLOGICAL RESOURCES (THR)
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Phone: Cell: +1-617 230-7761
Wildlife conservation, Animal and plant
behavior, Captive breeding, Genetics and Selection, Ecology, Ecosystems, Evolution.
Degree of Doctor of Biology (05.03.2002):
Theme of Thesis: "Ex Situ Conservation of Rare and
Endangered Psammophylic Species of Flora and Plant Associations of Ararat
Degree of Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine.
2003 Training in Social relations,
Knowledge of languages: Armenian (fluent), Russian (fluent), English (fluent).
Computer skills: MS Office, Statistica 6.0, SPSS, 12.0, Surfer 6.04, Arc View GIS 3.2a, Biomapper, Maxent, Ecosym, Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat Reader, Corel Draw, etc.
2012-present Armenian Citizen Herpetologist's Atlas at www.inaturalist.org Self-supported
2008 - present Development of the reptile breeding facility "TTerrarium" Self-supported
2003-2004 "Identifiing priority territories for the creation of Biosphere Reserves, creation of a data-bases, development of GIS and preparation of project documents for the countries of the Southern Caucasus". Funded by Japanese Funds in Trust and the UNESCO Venice Office (ROSTE).
7/2011 - present Lab Aide II, Miraca Life Sciences, Newton, MA, USA
8/2008-7/2011 Veterinary Technician, Alliance for Animals, Boston, MA, USA
9/2007 - 2/2008 Assistant Professor at Yerevan State UniversityDuring this period I was responsible for literature review, lecturing and supervising 2 M.Sc. students. At 2008 my students were earned their M.Sc. degrees.
3/2002 - 2/2008 Senior Staff Scientist/Biologist at the Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan.•Responsible for planning and implementing filed surveys, data-base management, and analysis GIS mapping and modeling in 6 projects. •Coordinated work in multidisciplinary expert team. •Responsible for preparation of reports, presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals .•Responsible for referring and editing scientific publications.• Responsible for proposal writing and project management. On this position I was awarded by Armenian National Science and Education Fund for my research proposal: "Conservation of endangered Persian sun-watcher lizard: Step 1". Also I have published 4 articles in different local and international peer-reviewed journals, and popular articles about amphibians and reptiles of Armenia in Family Encyclopedia: "Nature World of Armenia".
7/1998 - 3/2002 Junior Staff Scientist at the Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan.
• Responsible for the daily care of the collection of live plants and animals• Responsible foe design of artificial ecosystems. • Studied ecology of vertebrate animals and plants kept in artificial ecosystems and prepared my thesis of the Doctor of Biology. •Guided visitors of the collection. During this period, for the first time I achieved good results in captive breeding of Persian Toad-Headed Lizard and captive growing of several endangered plants (Rhynopetalum gibbosum, Calligonum polygonoides). During this period I was published 3 papers in local journals and participated in 10 conferences. In 2001 I was awarded by the President of the National Academy of Science and by G. Gjulbenkyan Foundation as the Best young scientist of the year. At the end of this period I was earned my degree of the Doctor of Biology.
06.2008 - present Field Assistant "Blanding's turtle nesing survey" project, Concord, MA, (USA)
2009-presentSecretary, New England Herpetological Society, Weymouth, MA, (USA)
2002 -2008 Scientific secretary / MAB
Armenian National Commite (Armenia).
2008-present. Member of Editorial Board. Caucasus Biodiversity (Georgia)
2006. Associate Editor In. Adamyan M.S., ... Tadevosyan T.L. et al. 2006. Animal World. In "The Nature World of Armenia" Family Encyclopedia. Ayvazyan H.M., ..., Tadevosyan T.L. et al. Eds., "Hajkakan Hanragitaran",Yerevan, 691 pp.
2003. Editor and designer of Armenian edition of the BIOSPHERE RESERVES: Seville strategy, Statutary Framework of The Wold Network, Conclusions of The Seville+5 International Expert Meeting, Recommendations for establishment and functioning of transboundary biosphere reserves, Yerevan.
2003. Member of Editorial Board. Caucasus Environment (Georgia).
GRANTS, AWARDS and APPRECIATIONS
2005 ANSEF Grant for the project: "Conservation of The Endangered Persian Sun Watcher Lizard: Step 1."
2001 The title of "The Best Young Scientist of 2001" by National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia and Galoust Gulbenkian Foundation for outstanding research achievements
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
2012 - present Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR)
2006-present Ordinary member of the Societas Europea Herpetologica
2008-present Russian Herpetological Society after A.M. Nikolsky
2009-present Ordinary member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
2009-present Ambassador Member of the New England Aquarium
2008-present Secretary of New England Herpetological Society
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Tadevosyan T.L. High resolution habitat suitability model as a conservation tool for the vulnerable lizard Phrynocephalus persicus in the Goravan sands sanctuary, Armenia. Appl. Herpetology. Sent 25.08.2007
1.Papers in peer-reviewed journals (7):
1.1. Tadevosyan T.L. 2007. The role of vegetation in microhabitat selection of syntopic lizards, Phrynocephalus persicus, Eremias pleskei and Eremias strauchi from Armenia. Amphibia-Reptilia 28 (3): 444-448 available at http://www.brill.nl/amre
Abstract. Composition and density of vegetation are important habitat quality indicators for reptiles. The goal of this note was to determine dominant plant species, optimal size and density in habitats of syntopic lizards in the Goravan Sands Sanctuary. The role of vegetation variables was considered in relation to differences in thermoregulation of syntopic Phrynocephalus persicus, Eremias pleskei, and Eremias strauchi. Microhabitats of P. persicus differed from that of E. pleskei and of E. strauchi by a relatively frequent encounter of the plant Achillea tenuifolia, which is considered as potential habitat quality indicator. Phrynocephalus persicus generally used microhabitats with sparser vegetation. It is supposed that the excessive growth of shading vegetation can have a more negative impact on P. persicus than on E. pleskei.
1.2. Tadevosyan T.L.2006. Habitat Suitability for Reptiles in the Goravan Sands Sanctuary, Armenia / Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 1 (1) : 40-45. also available at http://www.herpconbio.org
Abstract. – The Goravan
Sands Sanctuary is an important Armenian wildlife conservation area. The
objectives of my study were to assess habitat suitability for reptiles
within the sanctuary by comparing species richness, total abundance and
species diversity across 35 random quadrats. I present the mean
abundance data of 5 reptiles: Phrynocephalus persicus,
Eremais pleskei, Eremias strauchi, Lacerta strigata
and Testudo graeca. Maps of the relatively uncommon lizard
P. persicus reflect species richness patterns, whereas maps of the
most abundant lizard E. pleskei more accurately reflect total
reptile abundance and species diversity. About 71 % of the area of the
patches is covered with regions of high and moderate species diversity –
suitable for reptile inhabitation. Forteen percent of the area is
covered with patches of low diversity. The moderate and highly suitable
patches are recommended for intensive conservation management planning.
1.3.Tadevosyan T.L. 2006. New Data on Abundance and Distribution of the Persian Toad-Headed Lizard in the Goravan Sands Sanctuary, Armenia / Electronic Journal of Natural Sciences. National Academy of Sciences of The Republic of Armenia. 2 (7):45-50. available at http://www.ebsco.org
Abstract. The Goravan
Sands Sanctuary is the only “especially protected area” supporting the
endangered Persian toad headed lizard. The objectives of the study were
1) to determine mean abundance of P. persicus in order to
compare it with earlier published data and to develop grounds for
further monitoring and 2) to delineate the spatial distribution of
P. persicus within the Goravan Sands Sanctuary for conservation
management planning. Visual encounter survey of 35 random quadrats
(20x20 m) and on the way to the quadrats was implemented to determine
the lizard’s abundance and distribution. The locations of specimens were
registered with a GPS unit and mapped using Arc View GIS. Mean abundance
of P. persicus in April-May, 2005 was Mean ± SE = 0.457 ± 0.14;
R – 0-4, n = 35, or nearly 11 specimens per hectare. It is nearly 4
times higher than in 1980s. However, no population increase is stated. 5
isolated population fragments were detected for P. persicus
within 4 of 10 plots of sandy habitats. Sizes of population fragments
(numbers of specimens) directly correlate with area (RSp =0.96;
p<0.0001) and perimeter (RSp =0.91; p<0.0001) of sandy plots, and
with edge effect values (RSp =-0.65; p<0.05). Plots of sands with
area of about 2 ha do not support P. persicus. As conservation
actions for larger habitat plots supporting all population fragments it
is proposed to increase control and develop a public awareness system,
to limit overgrazing, collection of lizards and sand mining For poorest
population fragments it is suggested also to perform translocations and
support the populations using bordering within natural vivaria.
1.4. Saghatelyan A.K. Tadevosyan T.L. 2003. Analysis of Adequateness of the "Biosphere Reserve" term-concept and Its Armenian and Russian Analogies. Biol. Journ. of Armenia, 1,2 (55):170-173
1.5. Tadevosyan, T.L. (2002): On The syntopical distribution of the flora and vegetation in "Goravan Sands" ecosystem. Flora Veget. and Plant Res. of Armenia 14: 96-99 (In Russian)
2001. The Fenological Identification of Persian Sun-Watcher Lizards (Phrynocephalus
persicus de Filippi 1863. Reptilia, Sauria, Agamidae). //
Collect. of articles of the young researchers. Yerevan, «Gitutiun»,
1(2): pp. 62-67. (In Russian)
2. Conference proceedings
2.2. Tadevosyan T.L. 2002. Poisonous Snakes as an Ecological Risk Factor and The Ways of It's Neutralization. // Proceed. Of III republican youth scientific conference "XXI century: Ecological science in Armenia", Yerevan, pp. 20-36.(In Armenian)
2001. On the Syntopical Distribution of Biodiversity of Vascular Plants
and Vertebrate Animals in the System of Biotops of the S-W, Piedmont of
the Urtz Mountain Range. // Proceed. of II republican youth scientific
conference "XXI century: The future of ecological science in Armenia",
Yerevan, «Gitutiun», pp. 83-90. (In Russian)
3.Conference abstracts (16):
3.1. Tadevosyan, T.L. 2007. Habitat selection of Phrynocephalus persicus (Agamidae)in the Goravan Sands Sanctuary (Armenia). Abstracts of 14th European Congress of Herpetology. Porto, Portugal : 144.
3.2. Tadevosyan, T.L.,
Kharatyan, A.V., Fahradyan, S.N., Sargsyan, M.J., Amirkhanyan, M.V.
2007. GIS of the Goravan Sands sanctuary, and it's practical
implementation. Materials of Intern. Youth Sci. Conf "Mountain areas -
ecological problems of cities", Yerevan, : 147.
3.4. Adamyan M.S., Kalashyan M.Yu., Khachatryan H.G., Tadevosyan T.L.2004. Fauna Biodiversity Evaluation in The Syunik Province of Armenia // Materials of scientific conference on the zoology of invertebrates, consecrate to 100 years from the birthday of S.M. Jablokov-Khndzoryan, Yerevan: 13-14.
3.5.Tadevosyan T.L. 2004. Maping of Presumed Range of Darevsky's adder. // 8th Pushinskaja Scool-Conference of Young scientists. (In Russian) PDF Eng, Ru
3.6. Tadevosyan T.L.
2003. Modern Anthropogenic Impact on The Population of Darevsky's adder
(Pelias (Vipera sensu lato) darevskii Vedmederja,
Orlov & Tunyev, 1986) in The Limits of Southern Part of Javakhety Ridge
(Armenia). // Materials of Region. Sci. Conf. Consecrate 60-yaer of
Inst. Zool. NAS RA, Yerevan, pp. 143-144. (In Russian).
T.L. 2001. Communication Behavior of Sunwatcher Lizards (Phrynocephalus
persicus de Filippii (Reptilia, Sauria, Agamidae.) About //
Thesises on the republican zoological conference, Yerevan, pp. 109-111.
4.Articles in Popular Journals (3):
4.1. Tadevosyan T.L.
2003. Goravan Sands in Danger. // Caucasus Environment, No 3 (4):
4.3. Tadevosyan T.L. 2004. Coevals of the age of reptiles / Caucasus Environment, No 2 (7): 22-24 (Eng. Rus).
5. Books (2)
5.1. Adamyan M.S., ... Tadevosyan T.L. et al. 2006. Animal World. In "The Natural World of Armenia" Family Encyclopedia. Ayvazyan H.M., ..., Tadevosyan T.L. et al. Eds., "Hajkakan Hanragitaran",Yerevan, 691 pp.
5.2. Tadevosyan, T.L. (2001): Ex Situ conservation psammophilic species of the flora and plant communities of Ararat Valley. PhD thesis. Institute of Botany, Yerevan, Nation. Acad. Sci. Rep. Arm. (In Russian).
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