Associate professor

Shalva Barjadze graduated from the Faculty of Biology at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University with Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2002 and he graduated from the Faculty of Biology at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University with Master’s degree in Ecology in 2004. He defenced PhD degree in Zoology at Institute of Zoology of the Georgian Academy of Sciences in 2005. The title of his dissertation was: “Fauna and Ecology of the aphids (Hemiptera: Aphidoidea) in riv. Dzama, Tana and Tedzami gorges”. Since 2001 he is working at Institute of Zoology and he became a leader of the invertebrates scientific-research team in 2016. He was an assistant professor in Entomology at the Agricultural University of Georgia in 2013-2017. From 2017 to 2019 he was an assistant professor and since 2019 he is an associate professor in the Invertebrate Zoology direction at Ilia State University. He published 73 scientific publications.

Scientific interests / research interests

Taxonomy, biodiversity and phylogeny of aphids and collembolans; Biology, ecology and conservation of the cave dwelling invertebrates.

Featured publications

Kanturski M., Barjadze S., Jensen A.S., Wieczorek K. 2018. A comparative morphological revision of the aphid genus Myzaphis van der Goot, 1913 (Insecta: Hemiptera: Aphididae) revealed a new genus and three new species. PLoS ONE 13 (3): e0193775.

Barjadze Sh., Barbagallo S., Blackman R., Özdemir I. 2017. A new species of Macrosiphum (Hemiptera: Aphididae) living on Oberna in Georgia, and a redescription of Macrosiphum hartigi Hille Ris Lambers. Zootaxa, 4341 (2): 229-242.

Barjadze Sh., Baquero E., Soto-Adames F., Giordano R. &  Jordana R. 2016. New diagnosis for species of Plutomurus Yosii (Collembola, Tomoceridae), with descriptions of two new species from Georgian caves. Zootaxa, 4126 (1): 77-96.

Barjadze Sh., Blackman R. & Özdemir I. 2015. New species of the genus Aphis Linnaeus, 1758 (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on Teucrium polium L. (Lamiaceae). Zootaxa, 4057 (2): 248-256.

Barjadze Sh. & Özdemir I. 2014. A new genus of tribe Macrosiphini Wilson, 1910 (1887) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) from Turkey. Zootaxa, 3835 (1): 121-126.


Barjadze Sh., Murvanidze M., Arabuli T., Mumladze  L., Pkhakadze V., Djanashvili R., Salakaia M. 2015. Annotated list of invertebrates of the Georgia karst caves. Tbilisi, Georgian Academic Book, 120 p.

An extensive list of publications

Current Courses

Course Catalog

Cave Ecology – 2018-2019 Fall semester – Master course

Biospeleology – 2016-2017 Spring semester – Bechelor course