Dmitry Kishkinev, Postdoctoral Fellow

Scientific Curriculum Vitae

Personal data:
Name: Dmitry Kishkinev
Address: Dept. of Biology, University of Oldenburg,
D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany.
Tel.: +49 (0)441 798 3646
Fax: +49 (0)441 798 3284
email: dmitry.kishkinev(at)


2006-2011: PhD student at Dept. of Biology, Universi­ty of Oldenburg, Germany, AG "Animal Navigation" (Group leader: Prof. Dr. H. Mouritsen).

08-2011-07-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow at Dept. of Biology, Universi­ty of Oldenburg, Germany, AG "Animal Navigation" (Group leader: Prof. Dr. H. Mouritsen).

2003-2005: Study in St. Petersburg ­State University, department vertebrate zoology, St. Petersburg, Russia. Supervisor Dr. Nikita Chernetsov (Zoological Institute of Rus. Acad. Sciences, St.Petersburg). Awarded a M.Sc. Degree on "Navigation in Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus scirpaceus Herm.) on spring migration".
1998-2003: Study in Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, Russia. Graduated with Diploma in Biology and Chemistry with honours.
1998: Graduated from Ulyanovsk middle school N 53 (ecological school) with honours, Ulyanovsk, Russia.


2012: Kishkinev, D., Chernetsov, N., Heyers, D. & Mouritsen H. Migratory reed warblers

need an intact trigeminal nerve to determine their east-west position. Submitted.

2012: Kishkinev, D., Mouritsen, H. & Mora, C.V. An attempt to develop an operant
conditioning paradigm to test for magnetic discrimination behaviour in a migratory

songbird. J. Ornith. Minor revision.

2011: Kishkinev, D. Long-distance navigation and magnetosensory mechanisms of migratory songbirds. PhD thesis. University of Oldenburg, 196 p. LINK

2011: Chernetsov, N., Kishkinev, D., Kosarev, V., & Bolshakov, C.V. Not all songbirds

calibrate their magnetic compass from twilight cues: a telemetry study. J. Exp. Biol. 214:

2540-2543. LINK

Media Coverage: Reported in Russian Newsweek (magazine) and Arguments and Facts


2011: Hein, C.M., Engels, S., Kishkinev, D. & Mouritsen, H. Robins have a magnetic

compass in both eyes. Nature, 471: E11 LINK

2010: Kishkinev, D., Chernetsov, N., Mouritsen H.A double-clock or jetlag mechanism is unlikely to be involved in detection of east-west displacements in a long-distance avian migrant. The Auk, V. 127(4), P. 773 - 780. Link

2009: Zapka M., Heyers D., Hein C. M., Engels S., Schneider N.-L., Hans J., Weiler S., Dreyer D., Kishkinev, D., Wild M., Mouritsen H. Visual, but not trigeminal, mediation of magnetic compass information in a migratory bird.. Nature, 29 October, 461: 1274-1277. LINK

2009: Bulyuk V., Mukhin A., Kishkinev, D., Kosarev V..To what extent do environmental factors affect the long-distance nocturnal post-fledging movements of the Reed Warblers?. J Ornith, 150: 339 - 350., LINK

2008: Chernetsov, N., Kishkinev, D., Mouritsen H. A long-distance avian migrant compensates for longitudinal displacement during spring migration.. Curr Biol, V. 18, Pp. 188 - 190.. LINK

This paper was reportet in many major news media (Internet, radio, newspapers, search engines) around the world including Der Spiegel (Germany), Die Welt (Germany), BBC World News (UK), Sat3 TV (Germany), Science Daily (web), The Hindu News (India), Scientific American (web, USA), Channel 4 (USA), Gazeta.Ru (Russia)

2008: Mukhin A., Chernetsov N., Kishkinev D. Acoustic information as a distant cue for habitat recognition by nocturnally migrating passerines. Behavior Ecology, V. 19, Pp. 716 - 723. LINK

2008: Chernetsov, N., Kishkinev, D., Gashkov, S., Kosarev, S., Bolshakov, C. Orientation programme of first-year pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca from Siberia implies an innate detour around Central Asia. Anim. Behav. V. 75 (2), P. 539-545. LINK

2006: Kishkinev, D., Chernetsov, N., Bolshakov, C.V. Migratory orientation of first-year pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) from Eastern Baltic (in russian). Ornitologiya. V. 33. P. 153-160. LINK

2006: Kishkinev, D. Current trends in study of avian orientation and navigation (in russian). Zoologichesky zhurnal. V. 85. Nr. 3. Pp. 342-368. LINK

2005: Mukhin, A.L., Chernetsov, N.S., Kishkinev, D.A. Song of Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus (Aves, Sylviidae) as an acoustic marker of wetland habitat during migration (in russian). Zoologichesky zhurnal. V. 84. Nr. 8. Pp. 995-1003. LINK

2000: Bulyuk, V.N., Mukhin, A., Fedorov, V.A., Tsvey, A., & Kishkinev, D. Juvenile dispersal in Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus at night. Avian Ecol. and Behav. V. 5. Pp. 45-61. LINK


2011: (January - April): Individual PhD fellowship from Volkswagenstiftung

2010: (May - December): Individual PhD fellowship from University of Oldenburg

2007 - 2010: PhD student fellowship in International Graduate College "Neurosensorik", University of Oldenburg.

2008 - 2009: Prize from Russian Science Support Foundation.

2006 - 2007: DAAD Fellowship for Ph.D. students and Scientists for 10 months to work in University of Oldenburg, Neurosensorik AG (Animal navigation) supervised by Prof. Dr. Henrik Mourisen.

2005-2007: actively participated in grant "Orientation of migratory birds: endogenic program of detour of ecological barriers" funded by Russian Fund for Basic Research (headed by Dr. Casimir Bolshakov).

2006: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 10-month fellowship for raising of scientific skills (Forschungslangstipendium) in Oldenburg University, "Animal Navigation" Lab.

2006: St. Petersburg Government Award (PhD project).

2004: St. Petersburg Government Award (Master project).

2004: A. S. Malchevski Award from the St. Petersburg Society of Naturalists.

2002: President Russian Federation Scholarship.

2001: G. Soros Student Award from International Science (George Soros Foundation).

Meeting participations:

2012: Workshop, Research into possible effects of regular platform lighting on specific bird populations, OSPAR Convention for the Protection of Marine
Environment of the North-East Atlantic, London, UK, served as an invited scientific expert.

2011: 7th International Conference on Animal Navigation, Reading, UK (oral, 1st author).

2008: poster report, 6th Conference of Royal Institute of Navigation "Orientation & Navigation. Birds, Humans & Other Animals", Reading, UK, 2 - 4 April

2007: oral report, European Ornithologists' Union conference, Vienna, Austria, 24-29 August (PDF of abstracts: LINK

2006: poster report on 3rd Summer School Ecological Brain Research, Moscow State University and Zürich University, 31.07. - 5.08, Moscow and the field station Bubonitzi (Tver region), Russia.

2006: co-author of the poster report, 24th International Ornithological Congress, 13.08 - 20.08, Hamburg, Germany.

2006: poster report, 12th International Ornithological Conference of Northern Eurasia, 31.01 - 5.02, Stavropol, Russia.

2004: oral report, Sensory Ecology Seminar, 11.11. - 23.11, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

2003: co-author of the poster report, 4th European Ornithological Union, 16.08 - 21.08, Chemnitz, Germany.

2001: co-author of the oral report, 11th International Ornithological Conference, Kazan, Russia.

Reviewing for scientific journals:

Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Ornithology

Language skills:

Russian - native

English - fluently

German - fluently

Spanish - basic knowledge

Revised 18 November 2009