Mikhail (Mike) B. MOSTOVSKI

Mike

Birth date: August 11, 1969

Educational background:

1987 - 88 Moscow Pedagogical Institute, Russia
1989 - 94 Faculty of Biology, Moscow State University, Russia
1994 - 97 Postgraduate education, Palaeontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
March 1998 Ph.D., Entomology Palaeontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

Employment history:

1987 - 88

Laboratory assistant, Department of Zoology, Moscow Pedagogical Institute

1988 - 89

Sergeant, Soviet Union Armed Forces

1995 - present

Scientific Editor, Paleontological Journal, Nauka Publishing House

1997 - 99

Junior scientist, Laboratory of Arthropods, Palaeontological Institute

1999 - 2003

Senior scientist, Laboratory of Arthropods, Palaeontological Institute

1999 - 2003

Translator into English, Paleontological Journal, Nauka/Interperiodica Publishing House

Jan - Dec, 2001

Affiliated Researcher, Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, England

Oct 2003 - present

Head of Arthropoda Department, Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Nov 2003 - present

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Botany and Zoology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Scientific interests:
Fauna, taxonomy, life history, and phylogeny of ancient and recent scuttle flies (Phoridae)
Rhagio scolopaceus

Rhagio scolopaceus
Photo by V. Pronin

Fauna and phylogeny of Diptera Brachycera in the Mesozoic and Cainozoic
Fauna and phylogeny of the snipe-flies (Rhagionidae)
Reconstruction of palaeoenvironments; insect-plant interactions
Applying insects to the stratigraphy of non-marine sediments

Professional Memberships:

International Palaeoentomological Society
Russian Entomological Society
All-Russia Palaeontological Society
Moscow Society of Nature Explorers

Awards

1995

Scholarship in Biodiversity, George Soros Foundation

1996

Award of the Moscow Society of Nature Explorers

1996-97

International Science Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship

2001

Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship

PUBLICATIONS

PhD THESIS

Mostovski, M.B. 1998. [The Early Stages of the Evolution of Diptera Brachycera]. Thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy submitted to Russian Academy of Sciences. 219 p. [in Russian, unpubl.]

Papers

  1. Vlasov, S.V. & Mostovski, M.B. 1990. Materials on fauna and biology of the black-flies (Simuliidae) of Moscow Region. In: Ecology of forest animals, Moscow, p. 5-14.
  2. Mostovski, M.B. 1995. New representatives of Platypezidae (Diptera) from the Mesozoic and main directions in the evolution of the family. Paleontol. J., 2: 106-118.
  3. Mostovski, M.B. 1995. New taxa of Ironomyiidae (Diptera, Phoromorpha) from the Cretaceous deposits of Siberia and Mongolia. Paleontol. J., 4: 86-103.
  4. Mostovski, M.B. 1996. A new species of phoromorph dipteran (Diptera, Phoromorpha) from the Upper Cretaceous of Eastern Siberia. Paleontol. J., 3: 69-72.
  5. Mostovski, M.B. 1996. Evolution of the infraorder Phoromorpha (Diptera) and possible ways of the wing venation changes in its representatives. Bull. Moscow Soc. Nature Explorers, Ser. Geol., 3: 111-112.
  6. Mostovski, M.B. 1996. New species of the genus Mesosolva Hong, 1983 (Diptera, Archisargidae) from the Jurassic of Kazakhstan and Mongolia. In: The Continental Jurassic, Morales, M. (ed.). Bull. Mus. North. Arizona, 60: 329-332.
  7. Mostovski, M.B. 1997. To the knowledge of Archisargoidea (Diptera, Brachycera). Families Eremochaetidae and Archisargidae. Russian Entomol. J., 1-4: 117-124.
  8. Mostovski, M.B. 1997. To the knowledge of fossil dipterans of the superfamily Archisargoidea (Diptera, Brachycera). Paleontol. J., 1: 72-77. [Abstract][see photo]
  9. Mostovski, M.B. 1997. A new species of the genus Chouomyia (Diptera, Phoridae) from Thailand. Zool. J., 76(7): 876-877.
  10. Kovalev, V.G. & Mostovski, M.B. 1997. A new genus of the snipe-flies (Diptera, Rhagionidae) from the Mesozoic of Eastern Transbaikalia. Paleontol. J., 5: 86-90. [Abstract][see photo]
  11. Mostovski, M.B. 1998. Revision of the tangle-vein flies (Diptera, Nemestrinidae) described by B.B. Rohdendorf, and new taxa of nemestrinids from the Upper Jurassic of Kazakhstan. Paleontol. J., 4: 47-53.[Abstract] [PDF]
  12. Mostovski, M.B. 1999. On an interesting finding of brachyceran fly (Diptera, Brachycera) in the Jurassic of Kazakhstan. Paleontol. J., 4: 70-72.[Abstract]
  13. Mostovski, M.B. 1999. Curious Phoridae (Insecta, Diptera) found mainly in Cretaceous ambers. Est. Mus. Cienc. Nat. de Alava, 14 (Num. esp. 2): 231-243.
  14. Mostovski, M.B. 1999. A brief review of brachycerous flies (Diptera, Brachycera) in the Mesozoic, with descriptions of some curious taxa. In: AM/PFICM98/1.99 - Proceedings of the First Palaeoentomological Conference, Moscow, 1998, p. 103-110, Bratislava.
  15. Zherikhin, V.V., Mostovski, M.B., Vrsansky, P., Blagoderov, V.A. & Lukashevich, E.D. 1999. The unique Lower Cretaceous locality of Baissa and other contemporaneous insect-bearing sites in North and West Transbaikalia. In: AM/PFICM98/1.99 - Proceedings of the First Palaeoentomological Conference, Moscow, 1998, p. 185-192, Bratislava.
  16. Arillo, A. & Mostovski, M.B. 1999. A new genus of Prioriphorinae (Diptera, Phoridae) from the Lower Cretaceous amber of Alava (Spain). Studia dipterol., 6(2): 251-255.[Abstract]
  17. Mostovski, M.B., Jarzembowski, E.A., Coram, R. & Ansorge, J. 2000. Curious snipe-flies (Diptera, Rhagionidae) from the Purbeck of Dorset, the Wealden of the Weald and the Lower Cretaceous of Spain and Transbaikalia. Proc. Geol. Ass., 111 (2): 153-160. [Abstract] [PDF]
  18. Mostovski, M.B. 2000. New species and records of the scuttle flies (Diptera, Phoridae) from Southeastern Asia. Zool. J., 79(3): 312-320.[Abstract]
  19. Ansorge, J. & Mostovski, M.B. 2000. Redescription of Prohirmoneura jurassica Handlirsch 1906 (Diptera: Nemestrinidae) from the Upper Tithonian lithographic limestone of Eichsätt (Bavaria). N. Jahrb. Geol. und Palont. (Stuttgart), 4: 235-243.
  20. Gaimari, S.D. & Mostovski, M.B. 2000. Burmapsilocephala cockerelli, a new genus and species of Asiloidea (Diptera) from Burmese amber. In: The history, geology, age and fauna (mainly insects) of Burmese amber, Myanmar. Bull. British Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Geol. Ser., 56(1): 43-45.
  21. Mostovski, M.B. & Martnez-Delcls, X. 2000. New Nemestrinoidea (Diptera: Brachycera) from the Upper Jurassic- Lower Cretaceous of Eurasia, taxonomy and palaeobiology. Entomol. Probl., 31(2): 137-148.
  22. Vrsansky, P. & Mostovski, M.B. 2000. Vivablatta nom. nov., new replacement name for the genus Kargalia (Insecta: Blattaria). Entomol. Probl., 31(2): 194.
  23. Mostovski, M.B. 2000. Contributions to the study of fossil snipe-flies (Diptera: Rhagionidae). The genus Palaeobolbomyia. Paleontol. J., 34 (Suppl. 3): 360-366.[PDF]
  24. Mostovski, M.B. & Jarzembowski, E.A. 2000. The first brachycerous flies (Diptera: Rhagionidae) from the Lower Jurassic of Gondwana. Paleontol. J., 34 (Suppl. 3): 367-369.[Abstract] [PDF]
  25. Coram, R., Jarzembowski, E.A. & Mostovski, M.B. 2000. Two rare eremoneuran flies (Diptera: Empididae and Opetiidae) from the Purbeck Limestone Group. Paleontol. J., 34 (Suppl. 3): 370-373.[Abstract]
  26. Jarzembowski, E.A. & Mostovski, M.B. 2000. A new species of Sinonemestrius (Diptera: Brachycera) from the Weald Clay (Lower Cretaceous, southern England), with a discussion of its affinities and stratigraphical implications. Cretaceous Research, 21(6): 761-765.[Abstract] [PDF]
  27. Disney, R.H.L., Zvereva, E.L. & Mostovski, M.B. 2001. A scuttle fly (Diptera: Phoridae) parasitizing a beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Russia. Entomologica Fennica, 12: 59-63.[Abstract]
  28. Mostovski M.B. 2001. New records of Phora species from Taiwan (Dipt., Phoridae) Entomologist's mon. Mag., 137: 154.
  29. Mostovski, M.B. 2001. To the knowledge of the scuttle flies (Diptera, Phoridae) from the former Annam and Cochinchina, with a description of Plastophorides gigantochloae female. In: Korzun, L.P & Kalyakin, M.V. (eds.). Materials of Zoological and Botanical Studies in Vu Quang Nature Reserve (Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam), Moscow-Hanoi. P. 392-407.
  30. Mostovski, M.B. 2001. New records of Megaselia (Dipt., Phoridae) parasitized by Alysiinae (Hymenopt., Braconidae). Entomologist's mon. Mag., 137: 210.
  31. Mostovski, M.B. & Disney, R.H.L. 2001. A new species of Phora (Diptera: Phoridae) from Kamchatka, with comments on the groundplan of the family. Entomol. Probl., 32(1): 79-83.
  32. Mostovski, M.B. & Disney, R.H.L. 2002 (2001). A remarkable new species of Triphleba Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae). Studia dipterologica, 8: 557-562.[Abstract]
  33. Mostovski, M.B. 2002. Three new species of Palaearctic Phora Latreille (Dipt., Phoridae) with notes on other species and new synonyms. Entomologist's mon. Mag., 138: 23-28. [PDF]
  34. Mostovski, M. B. & Disney, R.H.L. 2002. A new species of Megaselia (Dipt., Phoridae) from donkey dung in Turkey. Entomologist's mon. Mag., 138: 135-137.
  35. Mostovski, M.B. 2002. Two new species of Phora (Dipt., Phoridae) from Tajikistan and India. Entomologist's mon. Mag., 138: 237-240. [PDF]
  36. Cook, Ch.E. & Mostovski, M.B. 2002. 16S mitochondrial sequences associate morphologically dissimilar males and females of the family Phoridae (Diptera). Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 77: 267-273.
  37. Vršanský P., Mostovski M.B., Bazylev B.A., & Bugdaeva E. 2002. Early Cretaceous climate changes suggested on the basis of cockroach wing variations. In: Proc. XVII Congr. Carpathian-Balkan Geol. Assoc. Bratislava, Sept. 1st-4th, 2002. Geologica Carpathica, 53 (Spec. issue): 1-5. [PDF]
  38. Mostovski, M.B. & Disney, R.H.L. 2003. New species of Conicera (Dipt., Phoridae) from the Far East, with notes on other species and a new synonym. Entomologist's mon. Mag., 139: 43-48.
  39. Mostovski, M. B. & Mikhailovskaya, M.V. 2003. A review of Palaearctic Gymnophora Macquart (Diptera: Phoridae), with description of new species. Eur. J. Entomol., 100(1): 153-165. [PDF]
  40. Lukashevich, E.D. & Mostovski, M.B. 2003. Haematophagous insects in the paleontological record. Paleontol. J., 2: 48-56. [PDF]
  41. Mostovski, M.B., Jarzembowski, E.A., & Coram, R. 2003. Horse-flies and athericids (Diptera: Tabanidae and Athericidae) from the Lower Cretaceous of England and Transbaikalia. Paleontol. J., 2: 57-64. [Abstract] [PDF]
  42. Mostovski, M.B., Ross, A.J., Szadziewski, R., & Krzeminski, W. 2003. Redescription of Simulidium priscum Westwood and Pseudosilumium humidum (Brodie) (Insecta: Diptera: Rhagionidae) from the Purbeck Limestone Group (Lower Cretaceous) of England. J. Syst. Palaeont., 1(1): 59-64. [PDF]
  43. Mostovski, M.B. & Disney, R.H.L. 2003. On a peculiar new species of Megaselia (Dipt., Phoridae) from the Middle Asia. Entomologist's mon. Mag., 139: 83-86.
  44. Mostovski, M.B. 2004. New records of scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) from South Africa, with description of a new species and hitherto unknown males. African Invertebrates, 45: 125-141. [Abstract] [PDF]
  45. Kolyada, V.A., Mostovski, M.B., & Brothers, D.J. 2004. New data on proctotrupid wasp genus Exallonyx Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupidae) from South Africa, with description of a new species and new synonymy. African Invertebrates, 45: 237-248. [Abstract] [PDF]
  46. Ponomarenko, A.G. & Mostovski, M.B. 2005. New beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera) from the Late Permian of South Africa. African Invertebrates, 46: 253-260. [Abstract] [PDF]
  47. Jaschhof, M. & Mostovski, M.B. 2006. First record of Manota (Diptera: Mycetophilidae: Manotinae) from southern Africa, with the description of two new species. African Invertebrates, 47: 237-242. [Abstract] [PDF]
  48. Stuckenberg, B.R. & Mostovski, M.B. 2006. EDITORIAL. The Natal Museum and its journals: celebrating a century of publication, 1906–2005. African Invertebrates, 47: 1-9. [Abstract] [PDF]
  49. Brothers, D.J. & Mostovski, M.B., eds. 2007. Congress Proceedings Fossils X 3, Pretoria, South Africa, 7-11 February 2005. Pietermaritzburg: Natal Museum, 249 pp. [Table of contents]
  50. Labandeira, C.C., Kvaček, J., & Mostovski, M.M. 2007. Pollination drops, pollen, and insect pollination of Mesozoic gymnosperms. Taxon, 56(3): 663-695. [Abstract] [PDF]
  51. Kolyada, V.A. & Mostovski, M.B. 2007. On a putative Gondwanan relic Afroserphus bicornis Masner (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupidae), with a description of the hitherto unknown female. African Invertebrates, 48 (2): 261-265. [Abstract] [PDF]
  52. Kolyada V.A. & Mostovski M.B. 2007. Revision of Proctotrupidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) described by Ch. T. Brues from Baltic amber. Zootaxa, 1661: 29-38. [Abstract] [PDF]
  53. Sukatsheva, I.D., Beattie, R., & Mostovski, M.B. 2007. Permomerope natalensis sp. n. from the Lopingian of South Africa, and a redescription of the type species of Permomerope (Insecta: Trichoptera). African Invertebrates, 48 (2): 245-251. [Abstract] [PDF]
  54. Gorochov, A.V. & Mostovski, M.M. 2008. Apterous crickets of the tribe Gryllini from South Africa and Namibia (Orthoptera: Gryllidae). African Invertebrates, 49 (1): 109-121. [Abstract] [PDF]
  55. Grichanov, I.Ya. & Mostovski, M.B. 2008. Meuffelsia, a new genus of long-legged flies from South Africa, with a key to Afrotropical peloropeodine and allied genera (Diptera: Dolichopodidae). African Invertebrates 49 (2): 159-170. [Abstract] [PDF]
  56. Mostovski, M.M. 2008. Contributions to the study of fossil snipe-flies (Diptera: Rhagionidae). The genus Protorhagio. Paleontol. J., 42 (1): 75-80. [Abstract] [English PDF] [Russian PDF]
  57. Aristov D.S., Prevec R., & Mostovski M.B. 2009. New and poorly known grylloblattids (Insecta: Grylloblattida) from the Lopingian of the Lebombo Basin, South Africa. African Invertebrates 50 (2): 279-286. [Abstract] [PDF]
  58. Grichanov, I.Ya. & Mostovski, M.B. 2009. Discovery of Systenus in the Afrotropical Region with a description of a new species (Diptera: Dolichopodidae). Zoosystematica rossica 18 (2): 285290. [request PDF]
  59. Grichanov, I.Ya. & Mostovski, M.B. 2009. Long-legged flies (Diptera: Dolichopodidae) in the collection of the Natal Museum: A review of C.H. Curran’s types, new synonyms, and new combinations. Zootaxa 2194: 3753. [Abstract] [request PDF]
  60. Mostovski M.B. 2009. Brachyceran assemblages (Insecta: Diptera) as indicators of terrestrial palaeoenvironments in the Late Mesozoic. Palaeontologia africana 44: 121-125. [PDF]
  61. Ovechkina M.N., Watkeys M., & Mostovski, M.B. 2009. Calcareous nannofossils from the stratotype section of the Upper Cretaceous Mzamba Formation, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Palaeontologia africana 44: 129-133. [PDF]

Chapters in books

Blagoderov, V.A., Lukashevich, E.D. & Mostovski, M.B. 2002. Order Diptera. In: Quick, D. & Rasnitsyn, A.P. (eds.). The History of Insects, Kluwer Publ., Dordrecht, Boston, London, p. 227-240. [HTML]

Trip reports

Alyakrinsky, A.R. & Mostovski, M.B. 1997. Report on the expeditions to Southeastern Asia, arranged by the "Noah's Ark" Society. Russian Entomol. J., 1-4: 175-176.

Book reviews

  1. Mostovski, M.B. 2001. Review 'KEY TO FRESHWATER INVERTEBRATES OF RUSSIA AND ADJACENT AREAS. Volume 4. Diptera' Edited by S.J. Tsalolikhin, E.P. Nartshuk & D.V. Tumanov. Entomologist's mon. Mag. 137: 159-160.
  2. Mostovski, M.B. & Brothers, D.J. 2008. 'ARTHROPOD FAUNA OF THE UAE. Volume 1.' Editor Antonius van Harten. African Invertebrates 49 (1): 159-160. [Review] [PDF]
  3. Mostovski, M.B. 2009. 'ARTHROPOD FAUNA OF THE UAE. Volume 2.' Editor Antonius van Harten. African Invertebrates 50 (2): 475. [Review] [PDF]

Obituaries

  1. Rasnitsyn, A.P. & Mostovski, M.B. 2004. Viktor Grigorievich Novokshonov (26.02.1966–29.01.2003). Paleontol. J. 38 (Suppl. 2): 75-79.
  2. Mostovski M.B. 2007. Vadim Gennadievich Gratshev (1.05.1963–17.10.2006). African Invertebrates 48 (1): 1-2. [Abstract] [PDF]

Electronic publications

Mostovski, M.B. & Mansell, M.W. 2004. Life after Death: True Flies Recover the Truth. National Cemeteries and Crematoria Conference, 15-16 July, Durban.

Abstracts:

  1. Mostovski, M.B. 1997. Parasitic brachyceran flies in Mesozoic ecosystems. In: Place and role of dipteran insects in ecosystems, p. 84-85, St. Petersburg.
  2. Mostovski, M.B. 1998. Diptera Brachycera and stratigraphy of the Mesozoic. In: Biostratigraphy and eco-biosphere aspects in palaeontology, XLIV session of All-Russia Palaeontological Society, Abstracts of papers, p. 65-67, St. Petersburg.
  3. Mostovski, M.B. 1998. True flies (Diptera, Brachycera) and stratigraphy of continental Mesozoic. First Paleoentomological Conference, 30th Aug - 4th Sept., 1998, Moscow, Abstracts, p. 26.
  4. Mostovski, M.B. & Vrsansky, P. 1998. A brief review of true flies (Diptera Brachycera) from Lower Cretaceous Baissa locality. First Paleoentomological Conference, 30th Aug - 4th Sept., 1998, Moscow, Abstracts, p. 27.
  5. Mostovski, M.B., Blagoderov, V.A., Lukashevich, E.D., Zherikhin, V.V., Bugdayeva, E.V. & Vrsansky, P. 1998. The unique Baissa locality, and other Lower Cretaceous fossil sites in the West Transbaikalia. First Paleoentomological Conference, 30th Aug - 4th Sept., 1998, Moscow, Abstracts, p. 28.
  6. Mostovski, M.B. 1998. Brachycerous flies (Brachycera) in the Mesozoic. 4th International Congress of Dipterology, 6-13th Sept. 1998, Oxford, UK, Abstracts Vol., p. 277-278.
  7. Mostovski, M.B. 1998. A brief review of Diptera Brachycera from the unique Lower Cretaceous locality of Baissa (Transbaikalia). 4th International Congress of Dipterology, 6-13th Sept. 1998, Oxford, UK, Abstracts Vol., p. 276-277.
  8. Mostovski, M.B. 1998. Curious Phoridae (Insecta, Diptera) found mainly in Cretaceous ambers. World Congress on amber inclusions, 20-23rd October, 1998, Vitoria, Alava, Basque Country. Abstracts, p. 73.
  9. Lukashevich, E.D. & Mostovski, M.B. 1998. Assemblages of dipterans from some fossil resins. World Congress on amber inclusions, 20-23rd October, 1998, Vitoria, Alava, Basque Country. Abstracts, p. 75.
  10. Mostovski, M.B. 1999. Brachyceran flies from the Lower Cretaceous of England and Spain and their importance for palaeoreconstructions. In: Abstracts of XLV Session of All-Russia Palaeontological Society, p. 52-53, St. Petersburg.
  11. Mostovski, M.B. 1999. Preliminary review of Diptera Brachycera from the Lower Cretaceous of southern England. In: Life and environments in Purbeck times, 19-22 March, 1999, Dorset County Museum. Abstracts, p. 43-44.
  12. Mostovski, M.B. & Vrsansky, P. 2000. The unique Lower Cretaceous locality of Baissa. Background and perspectives. In: Abstracts of XLVI Session of All-Russia Palaeontological Society, p. 64-65, St. Petersburg.
  13. Mostovski, M.B. & Lukashevich, E.D. 2001. Blood-sucking insects in the palaeontological record. In: Biodiversity in the Earth history. XLVII session of All-Russia Palaeontological Society, Abstracts, p. 65-66, St. Petersburg.
  14. Lukashevich, E.D. & Mostovski, M.B. 2001. The dark past of the blood-suckers: History of blood-sucking in insects. In: Second International Congress on Palaeoentomology, 5-9 Sept., 2001, Krakow. Abstracts Vol. P. 41-42.
  15. Grachev, V.G. & Mostovski, M.B. 2005. Aptian (mid-Lower Cretaceous) weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) of Asia and Brazil: a comparison. In: Programme and Abstracts. 3rd International Congress of Palaeoentomology, February 7-11, 2005, Pretoria. P. 19. [Abstract]
  16. Kolyada V.A. & Mostovski, M.B. 2005. Revision of proctotrupid parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupidae) described by Ch.T. Brues from the Baltic amber. In: Programme and Abstracts. 3rd International Congress of Palaeoentomology, February 7-11, 2005, Pretoria. P. 46. [Abstract]
  17. Rasnitsyn, A.P., Lukashevich, E.D., & Mostovski, M.B. 2005. Centenary of Boris B. Rohdendorf and 125th birthday of Andrey V. Martynov. In: Programme and Abstracts. 3rd International Congress of Palaeoentomology, February 7-11, 2005, Pretoria. P. 50. [Abstract]

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