Вадим Геннадьевич ГРАЧЕВ


May 1, 1963 — October 17, 2006 Vadim


In 1987 graduated from the Biological-Chemical Faculty, Moscow State Pedagogical Institute.

Employment history:

1987-1989 ― Teacher of biology in a secondary school.
1991-1994 ― Kuperwood Fellow of Academy of Natural Sciences attached to the Paleontological Institute, Moscow.
1994-2006 ― Researcher at the Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Scientific interests:

Taxonomy and phylogeny of the superfamily Curculionoidea.


Participated in expeditions of the Paleontological Institute to the Maritime Province and Sakhalin Island in 1984 and 1991. Also participated in various expeditions to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenia, Tadjikistan, Armenia, Kuznetskii Alatau, Novosibirsk Region, South Africa.

Other interests:

Aquarium design.

It is heartbreaking to say that Vadim is no longer with us. He passed away untimely at the peak of his scientific career, just before finishing his PhD Thesis and in the middle of numerous projects. His studies of beetles started many years ago, when he was still a student. Vadim graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute in 1987 and taught biology at a high school for three years until 1989. Then he decided to pursue academic science and joined the Laboratory of Arthropods at the Paleontological Institute at 1991, first as a Kuperwood Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences, and since 1994 as a full-time researcher. Weevils and dryopoids were always his main passion, although his area of interests extended far beyond that. He produced over 20 scientific papers, including an outstanding comparative study of the hind wing venation of the superfamily Curculionoidea published in co-authorship with his late supervisor Vladimir V. Zherikhin, who he always adored.

Being a keen field researcher, he participated in numerous expeditions to the Maritime Province and Sakhalin Island, Kuznetskii Alatau, Novosibirsk Region, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenia, and Ukraine. After the Third Palaeoentomological Congress that was held in South Africa in 2005 he was extremely excited to go collecting in the Drakensberg and Zululand. The material he collected on this trip together with specimens from other museums, inspired him to commence a new project on Afrotropical Elmidae and Anthribidae, which regrettably has been left largely unfinished.

Vadim was an optimistic, cheerful multi-talented individual with subtle sense of humour, and his interests were not restricted to extinct and extant beetles. He was an expert in noble orchids, aquarium design and raising geckos, and published several papers on those topics. He was a skilful wood-carver, and his knowledge of Japanese history and literature was not amateur. His opinion on different matters was highly valued by his friends and colleagues.

Vadim was survived by his wife Tatiana and his daughter Ksyusha. Vadim was always a man of "On" and "Giri", and we shall remember him as a man of noble spirit.

Scientific publications:

  1. Егоров А.Б., Грачев В.Г. 1990. Обзор долгоносиков рода Bagous Germ., 1863 (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) советского Дальнего Востока и сопредельных территорий // Новости систематики насекомых Дальнего Востока. C. 32-39.
  2. Грачев В.Г. 1992. Сем. Eucnemidae - древоеды // Определитель насекомых Дальнего Востока СССР. Т. 3. Ч. 2. С. 12-19.
  3. Gratshev V.G. 1993. Vier neuen paläarktischen Bagous-Arten (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) // Russian Entomol. J. V. 2. № 2. P. 11-17.
  4. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V. 1994 [1993]. New fossil Mantids (Insecta, Mantida [sic]) // Paleontol. J. V. 27. № 1A. P. 148-164.
  5. Zherikhin V.V., Gratshev V.G. 1994 [1993]. Obrieniidae, fam. nov., the oldest Mesozoic weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) // Paleontol. J. V. 27. № 1A. P. 50-67. [PDF]
  6. Nikitsky N.B., Lawrence J.F., Kirejtshuk A.G., Gratshev V.G. 1993. A new family, Decliniidae fam. n., from the Russian Far East and its taxonomic relationships (Coleoptera, Polyphaga) // Russian Entomol. J. V. 2. № 5-6. P. 3-10.
  7. Исаев А.Ю., Грачев В.Г. 1994. Новый вид долгоносиков рода Bagous Germar (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) из ульяновской области // Энтомол. обозр. Т. 73. Вып. 2. C. 318-320.
  8. Zherikhin V.V., Gratshev V.G. 1995. A comparative study of the hind wing venation of the superfamily Curculionoidea with phylogenetic implicatons // Pakaluk J. , Slipinski S.A. (eds) . Biology, Phylogeny, and Classification of Coleoptera. Papers celebrating 80th Birthday of Roy A. Crowson. V. 2. Warszawa: Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN. P. 634-777.
  9. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V. 1995. A new anthribid genus from the Baltic amber (Insecta: Coleoptera: Anthribidae) // Mitt. Geol.-Paläontol. Inst. Hamburg. H. 78. S. 149-157.
  10. Грачев В.Г., Жерихин В.В. 1995. Ревизия долгоносиков-немонихид родов Distenorrhinus и Procurculio (Insecta, Coleoptera: Nemonychidae) // Палеонтол. журн. № 2. C. 83-94.
  11. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V. 1995. A revision of the nemonychid weevil subfamily Brenthorrhininae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Nemonychidae) // Paleontol. J. V. 29. № 4. P. 112-127.
  12. Грачев В.Г. 1996. Определительная таблица видов рода Bagous Germ. // Определитель насекомых Дальнего Востока СССР. Т. 3. Ч. 3. С. 258-260.
  13. Zherikhin V.V., Gratshev V.G. 1997. The Early Cretaceous weevils from Sierra del Montsec, Spain (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) // Cretaceous Res. V. 18. P. 625-632.
  14. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V., Jarzembowski E.A. 1998. A new genus and species of weevil from the Lower Cretaceous of southern England (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) // Cretaceous Res. V. 19. № 3, 4. P. 323-327.
  15. Грачев В.Г., Жерихин В.В. 1999. Gobicar, новый позднеюрский род долгоносиков-эккоптартрид из Монголии (Insecta, Coleoptera: Eccoptarthridae) // Палеонтол. журн. № 2. C. 43-45. [Abstract]
  16. Gratshev V.G. 1999. Ulyanidae, an extinct family of weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) // Proc. First Intern. Palaeoentomol. Conf., Moscow, 1998. Bratislava: AMBA projects AM/PFICM98/1.99. P. 41-47. [Abstract]
  17. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V. 2000. The weevils from the Late Cretaceous New Jersey amber (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) // Grimaldi D. A. (ed.). Studies on Fossils in Amber, with particular reference to the Cretaceous of New Jersey. Leiden: Backhuys Publ. P. 241-254.
  18. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V. 2000. New Early Cretaceous weevil taxa from Spain (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) // Acta Geol. Hispanica. V. 35. № 1-2. P. 37-46.
  19. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V. 2001. The fossil record of weevils and related beetle families (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) // Second Intern. Congr. Palaeoentomol. Fossil Insects. 5-9 Sept., 2001, Krakow, Poland. Abstract Volume. P. 82.
  20. Жерихин В.В., Грачев В.Г. 2003. Новый долгоносик (Insecta, Coleoptera, Nemonychidae) из нижнего мела Испании // Палеонтол. журн. № 4. С. 70-71. [Abstract] [PDF]
  21. Gratshev V.G., Zherikhin V.V. 2003. The fossil record of weevils and related beetle families (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) // Acta zoologica cracoviensia. 46 (suppl. - Fossil Insects): 129-138.
  22. Zherikhin V.V., Gratshev V.G. 2004. Fossil curculionoid beetles (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) from the Lower Cretaceous of Northeastern Brazil // Paleontol. J. 38 (5): 528-537. [PDF]
  23. Soriano C., Gratshev V.G., and Delclòs X. 2006. New Early Cretaceous weevils (Insecta, Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) from El Montsec, Spain. Cretaceous Research 27 (4): 555-564. [Abstract] [PDF]
  24. Anisyutkin L.N., Grachev V.G., Ponomarenko A.G., Rasnitsyn A.P., and Vršanský P. 2008. Part II. Fossil Insects in the Cretaceous Mangrove Facies of Southern Negev, Israel. In: Krassilov V. and Rasnitsyn A., eds, Plant–arthropod interactions in the early angiosperm history. Evidence from the Cretaceous of Israel. Sofia-Moscow & Leiden-Boston: Pensoft Publishers & BRILL, pp. 189-223.
  25. Gratshev V.G. and Perkovsky E.E. 2008. New species of the genus Glaesotropis (Insecta: Coleoptera: Anthribidae) from Rovno amber. Paleontological Journal 42 (1): 60-62. [Abstract] [English PDF] [Russian PDF]

Publications on other topics and interviews:

  1. Грачев В. 1993. Гекконы. [HTML]
  2. Грачев В. 1993. Изготовление террариумов. [HTML]
  3. Грачев В. 1993. Террариум в школе и дома. [HTML]
  4. Грачев В. 2001. Эти изменчивые альтернантеры. Аквариум 1 [HTML]
  5. Грачев В. 2001. Палюдариум. Аквариум 2 [HTML]
  6. Грачев В. 2001. Гигрофилы в аквариуме. Аквариум 3 [HTML]
  7. Грачев В. 2001. Неторопливые красавцы кринумы. Аквариум 5 [HTML]
  8. Грачев В. 2001. Выращивание аквариумных растений при повышенных температурах. Аквариум 6 [HTML]
  9. Грачев В. 2002. Палюдариум - это красиво! [HTML]
  10. И. Киреенко. 2003. Беседа с В. ГРАЧЁВЫМ. Растения для палюдариума. Криптокорины. Часть 1. [HTML]
  11. И. Киреенко. 2004. Беседа с В. ГРАЧЁВЫМ. Растения для аквариума. Криптокорины. Часть 2. [HTML]

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