The dictionary contains approx. 40,000 entries covering all fields of biology, from cytology and molecular biology to genetics and behavior, with special reference to zoology. Attention is focused on applied fields too, such as pathology, veterinary science, biological aspects of medicine, phytopathology, agriculture, forestry, biotechnology, nature conservation, etc., as well as descriptive terms commonly used in biological literature. The dictionary will be useful to translators and scientists dealing with various fields of fundamental and applied biology.
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Nikolai N. Smirnov is Principal Scientist at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the Laboratory of Aquatic Communities and Invasions. His principal research interests include morphology, systematics, and other aspects of the biology of Cladocera, and he has had experience in this field for more than 40 years. He is the editor of the English-language edition of Journal of Ichthyology and head of the Advisory Committee for Arthropoda Selecta, and has traveled extensively across four continents conducting zoological research.