Department of Animal Biology

I. General information

Coada Viorica

PhD, Associate professor
Head of the Department

Education and, in particular, higher learning have always constituted the pride, hope and fulfillment of ideals or any society, the universe can share a form of spiritual and professional elite, take care to involve directly in the prosperity and perpetuation of nations. The sealed vocation of learning, including a higher level, is perpetual modernization. It is an activity that our department conceives primarily by training in the competition of universal values, which means, at least, the integration in the European space of higher education.

The collaborators of the department successfully carry out scientific research in various fields: ecology, ethology and protection of herpetofauna; entomofauna, malacofauna, parasitofauna of natural and anthropized ecosystems; biomorphology, polymorphism and adaptations of amphibians and reptiles at the population level; functional reserves of the human body, etc. Annually, the collaborators of the department carry out scientific research, the results of which are presented at scientific forums in the country and abroad.

Based on the level of competence and responsibilities, the Animal Biology department assumes the mission: to train and improve specialists in the field, to develop scientific research in accordance with national and international standards; to promote general human values, the spirit of critical thinking and free expression; to be receptive to the aspirations and needs of the academic community.

II. Short history

The Department of Animal Biology is one of the first departments of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, established in 1931. Over the years its name and composition have been changed several times, but the current name exists since 2001, being formed after merging the departments of Zoology and Physiology of Man and Animals. At this department, in different periods, famous personalities of the national university education have successfully activated:

  • Pavel Pulbere – doctor, associate professor, specialist in the field of human and animal physiology, who contributed to the preparation of a generation of famous scientists from our country. He worked as vice-rector for teaching, dean of the faculty and head of department for over three decades;
  • Ion Procopet- doctor, associate professor, specialist in the field of human physiology and anatomy, rector, dean and head of department in different periods;
  • Vladimir Bolocan – doctor, associate professor, head of department, in the period 1971-1976, specialist in the field of invertebrate zoology;
  • Leon Popa – doctor, associate professor, head of department, in the period 1977-1985, specialist in the field of ichthyology, zoology, fauna and ecology;
  • Vasile Tofan – doctor, associate professor, specialist in the field of herpetology, zoology, fauna and ecology;
  • Teodor Gontea – doctor, associate professor, head of department, during 1989-1996, specialist in the field of malacology, invertebrate zoology and ecology;
  • Veaceslav Cirlig – doctor, associate professor (docent), head of department, in the periods 2003-2005 and 2014-2015, specialist in the field of herpetology, ornithology and teriology.

These well-known personalities in the field of science and education have contributed to the determination and affirmation of priority directions of training and research at the department and have developed fundamental courses in the field of zoology, fauna, anatomy, physiology, ecology, etc. As scientists, they have substantiated such research directions as “Mechanisms of regulation of the central nervous system on cholesterol metabolism in the prophylaxis of atherosclerosis” (Ion Procopeţ, Pavel Pulbere); “The ichthyofauna of the Prut river basin and its role in rheophilic ecosystems” (Leon Popa); “Study of faunal and ecological aspects of amphibians and reptiles in Moldova” (Vasile Tofan); “Malacological complexes of Dniester river ecosystems and their functional stability depending on environmental factors” (Teodor Gontea); “Biological peculiarities and behavior of Hyla arborea L. species (Amphibia, Anura) in the Central Forests” (Veaceslav Cîrlig).

At the department, in different periods, such personalities in the field of biological sciences also carried out a succesful professional activity, such as: academician Ion Ganea, associate professor, doctor Nicolae Corcimaru, professor, doctor Andrei Munteanu and others.

The collaborators of the department successfully carry out scientific research in such fields as: entomofauna, malacofauna and parasitofauna of natural and anthropized ecosystems (V. Coadă, A. Țîganaș); ecology, ethology and protection of herpetofauna (T. Cozari); biomorphology, polymorphism and adaptations of amphibians and reptiles at the population level (T. Cârlig); functional reserves of the human body (L. Moşanu-Șupac, D. Coşcodan). Annually, the collaborators of the department carry out scientific research, the results of which are presented at scientific forums in the country and abroad. In recent years, the members of the department have participated in several projects:

  • TEMPUS IV QAEM Development of quality assurance in higher education in Moldova (2012-2016);
  • Facilitating technologies for children’s adaptability to the educational process (2010 – 2014);
  • 530537-TEMPUS-2012-1-DE-TEMPUS-SMGR Development of Qality Assurance in Higher Education in Moldova (2013-2016);
  • The study of the natural area of the lower course of the river Ichel in order to conserve biodiversity and protect geological and hydrological objects (2011-2014);
  • Study of anthropogenic action on biodiversity, physiological status of the population of Chisinau and the use of results in the formation of transdisciplinary skills in the educational process (2015-2018).

Currently, the department has 9 teachers: 1 – doctor, professor, 6- associate professors, 1- university lecturer, 1 – assistant.

Viorica Coada – head of department, doctor, associate professor, holder of courses in Invertebrate Zoology, Anthropic Impact, Environmental Protection; Tudor Cozari – doctor, professor (Vertebrate Zoology, Ecological Ethology, Ecological Education, Ecoevolutionary Ethology, Fauna of Moldova); Lora Moşanu-Șupac – doctor, associate professor (University of Histology, Human Physiology, Psychophysiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology); Tatiana Cîrlig – doctor, associate professor (Professor of Vertebrate Zoology, Population Ecology, Comparative Anatomy and Biostatistics, Human Ecology); Diana Coşcodan – doctor, associate professor (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biorhythmology and human adaptation to extreme conditions, Neuroendocrinology, General Physiology); Ana Țîganaș – senior lecturer, vice dean (Invertebrate Zoology, Zoology, Parasitology, Entomology), Nina Liogchii – doctor, associate professor (Ecological Security, Initiation Practice, Specialized Practice), Angela Nevoia doctor, associate professor (Psychophysiology, Avoidance) , Regina Fasola, assistant (Ecology, Ecological Audit, Ecological Impact).

The professors of the department maintain collaboration links with specialized colleagues from different university and research institutions in the country and abroad: Institute of Physiology and Sanocreatology of the MECC of the Republic of Moldova, Institute of Zoology of the MECC of the Republic of Moldova, Department of Human and Animal Biology of USM, Center for Preventive Medicine of Chisinau, Institute of Ecology and Geography of MECC of the Republic of Moldova, “Codrii” Reservation, Pedagogical University of Krakow (Poland), University of Craiova (Romania), State Agrarian University of Moldova, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Iaşi, Romania), “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History (Bucharest, Romania), National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, etc.

III. Teaching staff

Viorica Coada, PhD, Associate Professor

Graduate of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Tiraspol State University, class of 1995.

Scientific and scientific-didactic title: doctor in biology, associate professor.

Scientific research field: malacofauna, entomofauna and parasitofauna of natural and anthropogenic ecosystems

Didactic-scientific activity: course holder: Morphoecology of invertebrates, Taxonomy of invertebrates, Environmental protection, Ecological education, Sanology.

She defended his doctoral thesis in biology at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, with the title “Contributions to the study of malacological diversity (Mollusca, Gastropoda) from the Codrii Reserve”. Participated in Institutional Projects within UST with research areas – Study of the natural area of the lower course of the river Ichel in order to conserve biodiversity and protect geological and hydrological objects; The study of anthropic action on biodiversity, the physiological status of the population of Chisinau and the use of results in the formation of transdisciplinary skills in the educational process.

Member of the regional biology Olympiad commissions, colleagues; Member of the Faculty Council, he acts as head of the department. Author of over 80 scientific papers, has prepared multiple teaching courses, support for laboratory papers. Scientific leader of the bachelor’s and master’s thesis in the field of Zoology, Ecology, Parasitology.

Tudor Cozari, doctor habilitat in biology, university professor

Graduate of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, State Pedagogical Institute „T. G. Șevcenco ”(currently Tiraspol State University), class of 1976.

Scientific and scientific-didactic title: doctor habilitat in biology, university professor.

Scientific research field: Zoology, Ecology, Ethology and protection of herpetofauna.

Didactic-scientific activity: recognized at national and international level in the field of zoology, ecology and ethology. An advertisement of over 200 scientific papers, including 30 monographs, encyclopedias and textbooks. Scientific and methodological results and found data in: “Strategic action plan in the field of biodiversity conservation of the Republic of Moldova”, “First national report on biodiversity”, “Red Book of the Republic of Moldova”, biology textbook, 8-volume book collection – “The vegetal and animal world of Moldova”, normative and special courses that support the University of Tiraspol, UNAȘM, elaboration program for the doctoral exam in the specialty 03.00.03 – Zoology in the Republic of Moldova, for the rational capitalization of biodiversity, ecology and ethology for special university courses in specializations “Biology”, “Ecology”, “Zoology”. He is the coordinator and co-author of the National Book Collection “The Plant World and the Animal World of Moldova” and author of the “Zoological Atlas” – mentioned with the Romanian Academy Award (2008) and the National Award of the Republic of Moldova (2013). A trained 4 doctors of science. An exercise of the position of head of the department, producer and vice-rector for UST scientific sciences. He is president in terms of experience in Ecology and Geography, is a member for the nationality of the Red Book.

Distinctions: Romanian Academy Award, National Award of the Republic of Moldova, Order,, Gloria Muncii ,, Medal ,, Dmitrie Cantemir ,, ASM, Gold Medals at the International Salons of Invention of Geneva and Barcelona, ​​Silver Medal at the International Salon of Brussels Invention, Bronze Medal Seoul International Invention Show, Diploma of Merit of the Minister of Education, Culture and Research and the Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment.

Lora Mosanu Supac, doctor in biological sciences, associate professor

Graduate of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, State Pedagogical Institute „T. G. Şevcenco ”(currently Tiraspol State University), class of 1985.

Scientific and scientific-didactic title: doctor in biology, associate professor.

Field of scientific research: Human and animal physiology; Stress adaptation and functional disorders; Psychophysiology.

Didactic-scientific activity: She is the holder of the courses Histology and the basics of embryology, Psychophysiology, State physiology.

 In 1987, she completed his doctoral studies at the Institute of Zoology and Physiology of the ASM. In 1991 he defended his doctoral thesis in biology with the topic “The role of α– and β-receptors in the regulation of proopiomelanocortin components (ACTH, MSH, β-ENF) during stress. In 1991-1997 she worked at the Institute of Physiology as scientific secretary, then until 2005 – head of laboratory. During this period she is appointed Scientific Secretary of the Specialized Scientific Council DH 92.03.00 for the defense of the theses of doctor and doctor habilitat, she is a member of the Committee of young researchers of the ASM. Over 28 years she was trained in research management.

She has published over 180 scientific papers. She worked in the field of pre-university education restructuring, he was the author of the first biology curriculum, in the 90s of the century. XIX – member of the Organizing Committee of the Biology Olympiad in the country, leader of the national Olympic team in biology, organizer of the baccalaureate, member of the Commission for awarding teaching degrees in the high school cycle. He participated in numerous Working and Evaluation Commissions of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. She is a member of two specialized scientific seminars in the specialties: 165.01 – Physiology of humans and animals and 532.02 – School didactics (by levels and educational disciplines). She is a member of the Editorial Board of both series of UST’s Acta et Commentationes magazine. She participated in 5 institutional projects, in 2 of them he was coordinator. She was part of the staff in 2 international projects TEMPUS (QUAEM) and Erasmus + (TEACH ME) to strengthen the institutional capacity, in the last 5 years he has carried out 3 academic training mobilities at universities in Germany, Poland, Turkey. She has participated in working visits to international projects in Germany, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Estonia, Ukraine and other countries. In 2014 she was selected by the International Commission for the Interim Governing Council of ANACIP, fulfilling the function of Secretary General, and from 2015 to 2019 she was a member of the Governing Council of ANACIP, from 2018 to 2020 – member of the Commission of Experts Sciences biological and geonomic, participated in Accredited Commissions of study programs had several trainings in assessing the quality of education in the Republic of Moldova (ANACIP), Romania (ARACIS, ARACIP), Estonia (EKKA). She actively participates in the promotion of the UST image both in the country and abroad.

Tatiana Cîrlig, doctor in biological sciences, associate professor

Graduate of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, State Pedagogical Institute „T. G. Şevcenco ”(currently Tiraspol State University), class of 1988.

Scientific and scientific-didactic title: doctor in biology, associate professor.

The field of scientific research: biomorphology, polymorphism and adaptations of amphibians and reptiles at the population level.

Didactic-scientific activity: course holder: Vertebrate Zoology, Comparative Anatomy, Ecology, Population Ecology, Human Ecology, Biostatistics.

She defended his doctoral thesis in biology at the Institute of Zoology, with the title “Biological peculiarities and behavior of the species Rana dalmatina Bonap. (Amphibia, Anura) in the Central Forests ”. Participated in Institutional Projects within UST with research fields – Study of the natural area in the basin of the lower course of the river Ichel in order to conserve biodiversity and protect geological and hydrological objects; The study of anthropic action on biodiversity, the physiological status of the population of Chisinau and the use of results in the formation of transdisciplinary skills in the educational process. She worked as vice dean of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry. Member of the Faculty Council. Author of over 70 scientific papers in the field of batrachology, herpetology, ornithology and teriology, she has prepared multiple teaching courses, support of laboratory papers. Scientific supervisor of bachelor’s and master’s theses in the field of Zoology, Ecology.

Diana Coșcodan, biological sciences doctor, associate professor

Graduate of the Faculty of Biology and Pedology, State University of Moldova, class of 1991.

Scientific and scientific-didactic title: doctor in biology, associate professor.

Scientific research field: Biorhythmology, Functional reserves of the body, Occupational stress, Adaptation, The potential for adaptation of the cardiovascular system in different conditions.

Didactic-scientific activity: She is the holder of the courses: at the first cycle Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Child Hygiene, Human Anatomy and Physiology; to cycle II – Neuroendocrinology, Biorhythmology and adaptation to extreme conditions.

She defended her doctoral thesis in biology in the field of higher nervous activity processes, stress, the impact of stress on intrauterine development, the influence of sex hormones on the formation of vestiges in memory. He worked at the Institute of Physiology and Sanocreatology, including as head of laboratory. He was a member of institutional projects in the field of Sanocreatology. Participated in Institutional Projects within UST with research areas – Adaptation of children to the educational process, Influence of the anthropogenic factor on the body and biodiversity. Trainer for continuing education courses at UST. She worked as head of the Department of Animal Biology at UST; as a translator of textbooks and other works in the publishing houses Prut-International, Science, etc.

She is a member of the commissions of the Regional Olympiad in Biology, Colleges; Member of the Department of Science Teaching within UST; Scientific Secretary of the UST Senate; Member of the Faculty Council.

Author of over 120 scientific papers, including monographs, textbooks, compendiums: Neuroendocrinology (master’s course), Compendium of practical papers on Anatomy, Manual of Anatomy and Physiology, Book of practical papers on anatomy, etc. Scientific leader of numerous bachelor’s and master’s theses. Scientific leader of student research, which obtains award-winning places at municipal conferences and the SEF Mold Contest, Republican Olympics in Biology.

Ana Țîganaș, assistant professor, vice dean

Graduate of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, State Pedagogical Institute „T. G. Şevcenco ”(currently Tiraspol State University), class of 1987.

The field of scientific research: entomology and parasitology.

Didactic-scientific activity: she is the author of over 80 articles, theses of communications at scientific conferences, 3 compendiums and an entomological dictionary.

Participated in Institutional Projects within UST with research fields – Study of the natural area in the basin of the lower course of the river Ichel in order to conserve biodiversity and protect geological and hydrological objects; The study of anthropic action on biodiversity, the physiological status of the population of Chisinau and the use of results in the formation of transdisciplinary skills in the educational process. She works as a vice dean at the faculty, she is vice-president of the Council of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, president of the Insurance Commission of the faculty.

Nina Liogchii, doctor in biological sciences, associate professor

Graduate of the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, State Pedagogical Institute „T. G. Şevcenco ”(currently Tiraspol State University), class of 1985.

Scientific and scientific-didactic title: doctor in biology, associate professor.

Scientific research field: operates within the research theme of the Institute of Ecology and Geography “Integrated assessment of anthropogenic impact on representative ecosystems in order to conserve and expand State Protected Natural Areas in the context of the requirements of EU Directives”. Didactic-scientific activity: she has prepared multiple didactic courses, support of laboratory works, she is the scientific leader of the bachelor’s and master’s works in the field of Human Physiology, Neuropsychology, Ecology. Based on his research, she has published about 200 scientific papers.

IV. List of disciplines

The department ensures the training of graduates and master students with full-time and part-time attendance, internships for continuous professional training of teachers.

Undergraduate studies focus on three general areas of study:

  • Education Sciences
  • Biological sciences
  • Environmental sciences

The master studies are focused on two general fields of study:

  • Education Sciences
  • Biological sciences

The professors of the department are holders of several disciplines for:

cycle I. – Histohembriology, Invertebrate zoology, Vertebrate morphology, Vertebrate taxonomy, Anatomy, Fauna of Moldova, General physiology, Ecology, Comparative vertebrate anatomy, Ecological safety, Ecological ethology etc., as well as for

cycle II – Biological and ecological statistics, Applied state physiology, Neuroendocrinology, Population ecology, Eco-evolutionary ethology, Principles of ecological education, Biorhythmology and human adaptation to extreme conditions, Psychophysiology, Neuropsychology, Human ecology, Experimental biological methodology etc.

V. Laboratories

The Animal Biology Department has the following didactic-scientific laboratories:

  1.  Physiology Laboratory „P. Powder “
  2. Laboratory of Anatomy and Histoembryology
  3. Laboratory of Vertebrate Zoology and Ecology
  4. Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory.

The endowment of the laboratories corresponds to the requirements of the study process for the respective disciplines. They are endowed with the necessary equipment, materials, technical means. At the faculty, the strategy of continuous modernization of the laboratories of the departments is realized.

VI. Didactic activity

The scientific-didactic activity of the department holders is carried out in 2 directions:

– the didactic activity itself (courses, seminars, laboratory works, internships, doctoral theses);

– scientific-didactic activity, which involves:

  • Fundamental and applied theoretical research, within domestic, institutional and international projects of young researchers;
  • Elaboration of scientific-methodical works for the university education (university textbooks, course materials, compendiums, methodical indications, etc.);
  • Elaboration of scientific-didactic works, school curricula, school textbooks, guides for teachers, collections of evaluation tests, notebooks for students for the pre-university cycle.
  • Traditionally, every year, the Student Scientific Conference is held where students present their scientific results.

The professors of the departments are authors of scientific and didactic works; they actively participate in the works of scientific conferences. The teachers from the departments are recognized in the republic, in schools, high schools, in other higher education institutions, thanks to the results obtained in their scientific-methodical activity, opened to collaboration, they are appreciated for their good training and goodwill. The professors are reviewers of the master’s theses, participate in the Specialized Scientific Councils in defending the theses of doctor. The Department has developed and implemented the Scientific Research Plans, which specify the research objectives of each teacher and departments. The investigations undertaken by the members of the department are carried out in the system, they form a continuity, through this they are valuable and useful to the educational process.

The professors of the specialized departments continuously capitalize on the results of the scientific researches within the courses they hold. Therefore, there is a connection between the scientific concerns of teachers and the subject taught. The undergraduate practice that the students carry out in order to elaborate the undergraduate theses is directed towards the theoretical research and the performance of some experimental works on a concrete subject. The best students carry out research works in collaboration with experienced researchers from scientific centers in the country, using high-performance equipment, methodologies and technologies, and some of the results are published in various scientific editions.

               

VII. Regulatory acts

VIII. The work plan of the Department