Associate Professor

Dr. Mumladze received his MSc  in ecology at Ivane Javakhishvili State Unviersity (2006) and PhD in ecology at Ilia State Unvierisity (2013). Since the establishment of Ilia State University, Dr Mumladze has worked there as an assistant of Dean at the faculty of life science until 2010. Since 2003, Dr Mumladze has been working in Institute of Zoology at various positions and since 2015 at Ilia State University (Institute of Ecology) as an assitant Professor.

Scientific interests / research interests

The scientific interests and current projects of Dr Mumladze is related to Biological diversity, distribution and community composition. Based on a model organisms (including molluscs, mites, several taxa of arthropods, fishes) he is working to identify biodiversity patterns and structural mechanisms, interspecific relationships, biogeography and phylogeography in the Caucausus.

Featured publications
Mumladze L, Murvanidze M, Behan-Pelletier V (2013) Compositional patterns in Holarctic peat bog inhabiting oribatid mite (Acari: Oribatida) communities. Pedobiologia 56, 41-48
Mumladze L, Tarkhnishvili D, Murtskhvaladze M (2013) Systematics and Evolutionary Hystori of Large Endemic Snails from the Caucasus (Helix buchii, H. goderdzianai (Helicidae). American Malacological Bulletin 31, 225-234
Mumladze L, Cameron RAD, Pokryszko B (2014) Endemic Land Molluscs in Georgia: How Well are they Protected by Existing Reserves and National Parks? Journal of Molluscan Studies 80, 67-73
Mumladze L (2014) Sympatry without co-occurrence: exploring the pattern of distribution of two Helix species in Georgia using an ecological niche modelling approach. Journal of Molluscan Studies 80(3), 249-255
Mumladze L, Murvanidze M, Maraun M, Salakaia M (2015) Oribatid mite communities along an elevational gradient in Sairme gorge (Caucasus). Experimental and Applied Acarology 66(1), 41-51
Mumladze L, Asanidze Z, Walther F, Hausdorf B (2017) Beyond elevation: Testing the climatic variability hypothesis vs. Rapoport’s rule in vascular plant and snail species in the Caucasus. Biological journal of the Linnean Society 121 (4), 753-763 doi:
Mumladze L, Murvanidze M, Maraun M (2017) Patterns of oribatid mite species diversity: testing the effects of elevation, area and sampling effort. Experimental and Applied Acarology 72 (3), 245-262

An extensive list of publications

Current Courses

Course Catalog

Academic writing – MSc, BSc, First semester
Biodiveristy research methods – MSc, First Semester