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Dr. Olgirda Belova

ORCiD iD: 0000-0001-6881-7605
+370 614 34 409
Email olgirda.belova@lammc.lt 
Liepų St. 1, Girionys, LT-53101 Kaunas dist., Lithuania


1993 Ecology and Environmental Science, Natural Sciences.

1976–1980–1985 Wildlife Zoo Engineering, Animal Ecology, Animal Ethology.

Scientific and academic degrees

1993 qualification level by national/international classification: EVRK 85.4, EVRK 85.42.30, and ISCED 854, Research Council of Lithuania.

1989 Animal Ecology, Ecology and Environmental Science, EE RAS A. N. Severtzov the Institute of Animal Ecology and Morphology, Russia.


Since 2014 Senior Researcher, Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Institute of Forestry, LAMMC.

Research fields

  • Ecology and environmental sciences
  • Game ethology
  • Game management
  • Sustainable use of game populations and forest protection
  • Non-wood forest products and their sustainable use

Memberships and affiliations with professional organisations

  • Since 2021 Ministry of Environment, National Forest Visions, Hunting sectoral group, member
  • Head of the Coordination Board on the development of scientific and training activity in the hunting ground unit for science and training
  • 2019–2023 CA18134 “Genomic Biodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems” (G-BIKE), member of Management Committee
  • International Union of Game Biologists (IUGB), country liaison officer, task force committee and scientific committee of the near congress, president (2017–2019), vice-president (2019–2021) 
  • Since 2016 EUROBOAR and EURODEER European scientific networks: participation (European Wild Boar Open Information System)
  • EFINOR EcoRegion Forest and Water Network (coordinator: Swedish Forestry Agency), from 2013 national coordinator
  • 2014–2017 EK COST FP1203 NWFPs, member of Management Committee
  • 2008–2012 EK COST FP0703 ECHOES, member of Management Committee
  • 2004–2008 EK COST E33 FORREC, member of Management Committee
  • European Food Safety Authority EFSA EU, expert

Involvement in programmes and projects

  • 2022 European Observatory of Wildlife project “Wildlife: collecting and sharing data on wildlife populations, transmitting animal disease agents”, national coordinator.
  • 2022–2025 Ministry of Environment project “Beaver as bioindicator for assessing contamination of riparian forest buffer”, leader. 
  • 2020–2021 “Preparation facility of the brown hare (Lepus europaeus) recovery programme”, leader.
  • 2019–2021 ES Interreg BSR programme project WAMBAF Tool Box, leader.
  • 2019–2023 LIFE OrgBalt, LIFE18 CCM/LV/001158 project “Demonstration of climate change mitigation potential of nutrient rich organic soils in Baltic States and Finland”, participant.
  • 2019–2023 CA18134 “Genomic biodiversity knowledge for resilient ecosystems” (G-BIKE), coordinator.
  • 2017–2019 Ministry of Agriculture with LSMU and NFVRI project “Analysis of epidemiological and laboratory research of African swine fever (ASF), prognosis of disease transmission, risk analysis and disease management strategy in wildlife and pig farming localities in the Republic of Lithuania”, leader.
  • 2017–2023 ENETWILD consortium OC/EFSA/ALPHA/2016/01-01, national coordinator.
  • 2016–2019 ES Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme, project “Wathe Management in Baltic Forests” (WAMBAF), coordinator.
  • 2016–2017 Ministry of Environment project “Preparation of the maximal density norms of the wild boar in the different regions of Lithuania”, leader.
  • 2013–2017 COST FP1203 Non-wood Forest Products (NWFP), leader.
  • 2013–2014, 2016 Witasek (Austria) and UAB “Vikersas”, scientific study of the biological efficiency of WAM EXTRA repellent and guidelines on the protection of forest plantations against damage caused by deer.
  • 2011–2014 EFINORD SNS Forest and Water Network, national coordinator.
  • 2011–2012 Research Council of Lithuania project “Spatial distribution of the invertebrate and vertebrate animals and their present and possible migratory paths in the forest ecosystems of Lithuanian-Belarusian transboundary areas”, participant.

Supervision PhD studies 

  • 2015–2019 Arūnas Tarvydas, PhD studies in Forestry, topic “Management of the population qualitative composition of wild boar (Sus scrofa ) to reduce damage caused to agriculture and forestry and to prevent parasitic diseases”, supervisor.
  • 2014–2018 Karolis Šežikas, PhD studies in Forestry, topic “Dynamics and sustainable use of moose (Alces alces ) population in the Western Lithuania”, supervisor.
  • 2011–2017 Tomas Barkauskas, extended PhD studies in Forestry, topic “Effect of environmental factors on the condition of ungulate game populations in the Southern Lithuania”, scientific consultant.

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS (click the link here)