Nikolai Vladimirovich Shibanov



Born in Moscow, graduated as zoologist from Moscow University in 1928. Was interested in vertebrate fauna of Central Russia, especially in amphibians and reptiles. Served as researcher and curator in the Museum of Central Industrial Region, participated in several expeditions with Ognev to Central Russia, North Caucasus, Turkmenia. Became in 1932 senior researcher at the Institute of Zoology of Moscow University and simultaneously chief of Section of Herpetology of the Museum. He did much in developing collections of that Section, as well as herpetological part of exhibition. He was appointed deputy dean of Biological Faculty in 1943 and remained, at requests of his close colleagues, in that position after repressions of 1948.