Scientific research and ecological monitoring

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Kronotsky Reserve is a unique open-air laboratory of nature. Various specialists, including mammalogists, ornithologists, entomologists, seismologists, and volcanologists, study the natural processes occurring in this protected territory. Studying the natural objects and processes of the Reserve is the foundation of scientific research work here.

The purposes of these long-term and diverse research projects are assessing the condition of natural and environmental systems, monitoring the impact of human encroachment on the region’s ecosystems, and developing a scientific system for the conservation of unique natural system s, protection of rare species of animals, and growth and diversity of the biosphere.

The results of years of field research by staff members from the Reserve’s Division of Scientific Research and many other scientific organizations working in the conservation area are gathered in a research archive in the Kronotsky Reserve. Over seventy years of accumulated scientific resources, archived and historical materials, and collected zoological and vegetable specimens are found there. The results of years of field research in the nature reserve are also found in many articles, reports, books, manuscripts, and multimedia material. Since its establishment, the Reserve has published more than 400 research papers, monographs, and books and about 300 popular science articles.

Many scientists have come to the protected territory of the Kronotsky Reserve to learn about wildlife conservation and conduct field research. At different times, the Reserve has hosted such famous scientists as Y. Averin, V. Gavrilov, E. Chernikin, V. Markov, A. Sevostyanov, V. Kalyaev, E. Lobkov, A. Naumenko, and many others.

Today the Kronotsky Reserve as a research institution is: