Belonovskaya Elena A.

Scientific Secretary of Institute
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Laboratory of Biogeography


Specialist Geography (biogeography): 1971-1975, Section of Biogeography, Department of Geography, Moscow State University, Moscow (Russia)

Ph. D. (biogeography): 1976-1978, Laboratory of biogeography, Institute of Geography RAS, Moscow (Russia). Advisor: Oleg S. Grebenščikov, Rimma P. Zimina. Thesis title: “Ecology-geographical structure of the timberline ecotone vegetation on the Northern Caucasus”.

Employment History: (1978-88, 1988-1994, 1994-now)
1978.1985 Research associate, Laboratory of biogeography, Institute of      Geography RAS, Moscow (Russia).
1985.2005 Research scientist, Laboratory of biogeography, Institute of Geography RAS, Moscow (Russia).
2006-2008 Scientific secretary of the Institute of Geography RAS, Moscow (Russia).

Research Interests:

Biodiversity, geobotany, plant community ecology, phytosociology, vegetation of the Caucasus, nature protection.


More than 90, the main of them are:

Belonovskaya E.A., Zimina R.P., Yasnyi E.V. 1984. Vegetation cover and Fauna. The Greater Caucasus. In: Gerasimov I.P. & Galabov I. (eds.) The Greater Caucasus – the Stara Planina (the Balkans)]. Moscow : Nauka. 121-147 p. (in Russian).
Belonovskaya E.A., Grebenščikov O.S., Korotkov K.O. et al. 1990. Biota of the ecosystems of the Great Caucasus. Moscow: Nauka. 221 p. (in Russian)

Belonovskaya E.A., Morozova O.V. 1989. Terracing of mountain slopes and its impact on the vegetation cover. In: Transformation of mountain environments. Regional development and sustainability. Consequences for global change, International conference, Tsakhadzor, Armenian SSR, 1-5 Oct. 1989, Moscow-Erevan. P. 55-57.

Korotkov K.O.,Morozova O.V., Belonovskaya E.A. 1991. The USSR vegetation syntaxa prodromus. Moscow, publ. G.E.Vilchek. 346 p.

Belonovskaya E.A. 1997. On the problem of possibilities of  biological diversity evaluation and protection. Izvestia RAS, ser. Geograph. N 3. P. 47-55. (in Russian)
Belonovskaya E.A., Korotkov K.O., Tishkov A.A., Saravaiski A.L. 1998. Problems of the biodiversity study and protection on the mountains. Izvestia RAS, ser. Geograph. N 6. P. 60-73. (in Russian)

Belonovskaya E.A. 1995. The human-induced transformation of the ecosystems of the Caucasus Mountains. EURO-MAB IV. “Mountain zonality facing global change”. Conf. Papers 21. IgiPZ PAN; Warszawa. P. 41-57.

Belonovskaya E.A., Kachalin A.B., Kitaev L.M. 2000. The Experience of GIS-Technologies Use in the Investigations of the Spatial Statistical Fields of Vegetatiopn and Environmental Parameters and Their Interaction. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Computer Science and Information Technologies (CSIT’2000), Ufa, September 18-23, 2000. Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Ufa. Р. 256-263.

Belonovskaya E.A., Korotkov K.O. 2000. Plant communities diversity of the alpine belt in the Great Caucasus. In: Study and protection of fauna, flora and ecosystems diversity of the Eurasia. Proceedings of the International conference, Moscow, April 21-23, 1999. Moscow. P. 28-36. (in Russian)

Korotkov K.O., Belonovskaya E.A. 2000. Syntaxonomical Survey of Alpine Meadows in the Great Caucasus. Fragmenta geobotanica (Polish Botanical Journal). Krakow. Polish Academy of Sciencies. V. 45. N 1-2. P. 323-343.

Amirkhanov А.М., Tishkov A.A., Belonovskaya E.A.  2002. Protection of the biological diversity of the mountains in Russia. Moscow. 80 p. (in Russian)

Belonovskaya Е.А., Korotkov К.О. 2002. Alpine vegetation diversity on the Greater caucasus. Izvestia RAS, ser. Geograph.. № 2. P. 89-96. (in Russian)

Belonovskaya Е.А., Tishkov A.A. 2002. Mountain biological diversity regularities and peculiarities of its protection. Condition and development of the mountain systems. Proceedings of the scientific conference of montology (Snt-Petersburg, April 2002). Snt-Petersburg. RGS. P.    226-230. (in Russian)

Korotkov K. & Belonovskaya E. Vegetation development in the Caucasus: some historical aspects. Colloques Phytosociologiques. XXVIII. P. 957-977.

Korotkov K.O., Belonovskaya E.A. 2004. Syntaxonomic status of the Caucasian Alpine Meadows. Аnnali di botanica nuova serie. Vol. 4. P. 139-154.

Belonovskaya E.A., Asoyan D. S., Popova V.V.,  Chernavskaya M.M., Beryoza E.A. 2007. The alpine belt of the Greater Caucasus: the complex studies’ experience. Annales of Agrarian Science. Tbilisi. V. 4. N 4. P. 9-16.
Morozova O.V., Tsarevskaya N.G., Belonovskaya E.A. 2010. The Vascular plants of the National park “Valdaisky” (annotation of the species list). [Flora and fauna of the National parks. Iss. 7]. M. 95 p. (In Russian)
Gracheva R.G., Belonovskaya E.A. 2010. The Pastoral Ecosystems of the Central Caucasus under Impact of the Current Stock-Raising. Izvestia RAS, ser. Geograph.. № 1. P. 90-102. (in Russian)