2015–2019: Organism taxonomy of high priority ecoregions & biomes in the face of the global biodiversity crisis and climate change, reflecting the mission of the Baltic-American Biotaxonomy Institute
Growing international concern over the biodiversity crisis and climate change, together with the provisions of the Rio Convention on Biological Diversity, have imparted a new urgency for the need for taxonomic revisions of diverse groups. One of the most fundamental challenges for mankind in the 21st century is to document the extent and distribution of global biodiversity, and to understand the ecological processes that generate and maintain it. Such information will be essential to inform and guide efforts to safeguard the natural ecosystems that provide earth’s life support systems in the face of escalating threats from human activity that cause habitat destruction and modification. Without the baseline data of providing names and means of identification for the species in a region, no one can go further and properly plan their conservation in the case of endemic species, or their control in the case of invasive species.
The decline of global biodiversity and earth’s life support systems will strongly affect the socio-economic potential for development in the foreseeable future. Therefore, projects devoted to research on taxonomic diversity and functionality within ecoregions or biomes are increasingly important.
2015: Taxonomic review of insect groups, with proposals on Lithuanian terminology. Archaeognatha – Hemiptera, Heteroptera