School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Full Professor of Ecology and Ethno-biology

Director of the Institute of Ethno-biology and Socio-ecology

1978 graduated Faculty of Biology, Tbilisi State University (Georgia); 1983 defended PhD thesis “Functional properties of Na,K-ATPase” (The National Academy of Sciences of Georgia). Worked as a researcher in the National Academy of Sciences of Georgia and in the Institute of Teachers’ Training of Georgia. Graduated the Certificate Course in Environmental Education (Jordanhill College, Strathclyde Unversity, Glasgow, Scotland, UK). 1993 defended Doctor of Science (Habil.) thesis “Structural and functional optimalization in biological systems” (The National Academy of Sciences of Georgia). Worked as Associate Researcher in Chiba University (Japan), Ramon-y-Cajal Fellow in Consejo Superior de las Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), Associate Professor of the University of Tokyo (Japan). The major lines of research: plant community ecology, species diversity and geographical distributions on ecological gradients, rules of species coexistence and interactions among organisms, environmental education, ethno-ecology and socio-ecology. Published over 100 papers in scientific, educational and scientific-popular journals. Cooperates with Ilia State University since 2006. In 2012 became a professor of ecology and since 2014 is a full professor and the director of the Institute of Ethno-biology and Socio-ecology

Scientific interests / research interests

  • The forms and the history of life on the Earth
  • The biological resources of the Earth
  • Biodiversity and ecological interactions at different scales of biological organization from organisms to biosphere
  • The role of schools in environmental education
  • Interactions among organisms on ecological gradients
  • Ethnobotany of ritual plants
  • Socio-ecological analysis of human-wildlife conflicts
  • Relationships among scientific fields in interdisciplinary studies
  • Interrelationships between biological and cultural diversities

Featured publications

  • Hengky, S. H., & Kikvidze, Z. (2018). Tourism sustainability in the Bogor Botanical Gardens, Indonesia. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 30, 8-11.
  • Bussmann, R. W., Batsatsashvili, K., Kikvidze, Z., Khutsishvili, M., Maisaia, I., Sikharulidze, S., … & Zambrana, N. Y. P. (2017). Ethnobotany of the Caucasus–Georgia. Ethnobotany of the Caucasus, 47-63.
  • Bussmann, R. W., Zambrana, N. Y. P., Sikharulidze, S., Kikvidze, Z., Kikodze, D., Tchelidze, D., … & Hart, R. E. (2016). A comparative ethnobotany of Khevsureti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Tusheti, Svaneti, and Racha-Lechkhumi, Republic of Georgia (Sakartvelo), Caucasus. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 12(1), 43.
  • Kikvidze, Z., & Tevzadze, G. (2015). Loss of traditional knowledge aggravates wolf–human conflict in Georgia (Caucasus) in the wake of socio-economic change. Ambio, 44(5), 452-457.
  • Kikvidze, Z., Brooker, R. W., Butterfield, B. J., Callaway, R. M., Cavieres, L. A., Cook, B. J., … & Anthelme, F. (2015). The effects of foundation species on community assembly: a global study on alpine cushion plant communities. Ecology, 96(8), 2064-2069.
  • Kikvidze, Z. (2013, October). Secondary biodiversity and agriculture: definitions and threats from global change. In Abstracts of the International Conference on Agriculture (ICA 2013). UPN” Veteran”.

An extensive list of publications

Current Courses

Course Catalog

Community ecology, 2018 Spring Semester, Master course

Socio-ecological systems: biological rersources and humans; 2018 Spring Semester, Master course

  • The landscape of science: the relationships between the scientific disciplines (for Undergraduates)
  • The forms and history of life on the Earth (Interdisciplinary biology) (for graduate students)