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24 January 2019

Dmitry Kishkinev

Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow

Born 4 May 1981 in Ulyanovsk, USSR.


Research profile:

My research focuses on the role of different sensory systems required for animal navigation.

My current projects address the questions how migratory songbirds can use magnetic and olfactory senses for their finding geographic position relative to destinations (i.e. perform navigation) and if the use of these senses depend on geographic scale. Besides that, I study how anthropogenic electromagnetic fields can disturb avian magnetic compass sense in freely behaving birds in the wild. My main model systems are birds: both migratory songbirds and homing pigeons. I am also interested in development and application of new telemetry and bio-sensing methods to study different aspects of animal migration.


  • 2017 ― present: Senior Research Fellow, Biological station Rybachy of Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, PI of the Russian Scientific Foundation (No. 17-14-01147) grant. I am part time employed for the duration of the grant.
  • 2017 ― present: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Bangor University, UK.
  • 2016–2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bangor University, UK.
  • 2014–2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast, UK.
  • 2012–2014: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSERC), University of Guelph, Canada.
  • 2011–2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oldenburg, Germany.


  • 2006–2011: PhD (Biology), University of Oldenburg, Germany.
  • 2006–2008: PhD study (without defense), Biological station Rybachy of Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia.
  • 2003–2005: MSc (Biology), St Petersburg State University, Russia.
  • 1998–2003: Diploma (Teacher of Biology & Chemistry), Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, Russia.


  • 2017–2019: Russian Scientific Foundation Research Grant No. 17-14-01147 (PI). Project title: Sensory systems for short and long distance navigation in birds.
  • 2017–2020: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Project title: The disturbing effect of electromagnetic fields on the avian magnetic compass sense.
  • 2012–2014: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSERC). Project title: Testing hypotheses explaining navigational abilities in songbirds using translocation and automated radio-telemetry.
  • Various stipends to fund PhD study provided by Volkswagen Foundation (2011), International Graduate School for Neurosensory Science and Systems (2007–2010, German Research Foundation, DFG, & University of Oldenburg), and German Service for Academic Exchange (DAAD, 2006–2007). PhD project: Long-distance navigation and magnetosensory mechanisms in migratory songbirds.

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Selected publications:

Mukhin, A, Kobylkov, D, Kishkinev, D, Grinkevich, V (2018) Interrupted breeding in a songbird migrant triggers development of nocturnal locomotor activity. Scientific Reports, Vol 5, 5520.

Chernetsov, N, Pakhomov, A, Koblylkov, D, Kishkinev, D, Holland, R, Mouritsen, H (2017) Migratory Eurasian Reed Warblers Can Use Magnetic Declination to Solve the Longitude Problem. Current Biology, Vol. 27, №.17, p. 2647-2651.

Kishkinev, D, Heyers, D, Woodworth, BK, Mitchell, GW, Hobson, KA and Norris, RD (2016) Experienced migratory songbirds do not display goal-ward orientation after release following a cross-continental displacement: an automated telemetry study. Scientific Reports 6, 37326.

Kishkinev, D, Chernetsov, N, Pakhomov, A, Heyers, D, and Mouritsen, H. (2015) Eurasian reed warblers compensate for virtual magnetic displacement. Current Biology 25, R822–R824.

Kishkinev D (2015) Sensory mechanisms of long-distance navigation in birds: a recent advance in the context of previous studies. Journal of Ornithology 156 (suppl. 1), 145–161.

Kishkinev, D, Chernetsov, N. (2015) Magnetoreception systems in birds: a review of current research. Biological Bulletin Reviews 5, 46–62.

Kishkinev, D, Chernetsov, N, Heyers, D, & Mouritsen, H (2013) Migratory reed warblers need intact trigeminal nerve to correct for a 1,000 km eastward displacement. PLoS One 8, e65847.

Kishkinev, D, Mora, CV & Mouritsen, H (2012) An attempt to develop an operant conditioning paradigm to test for magnetic discrimination behaviour in a migratory songbird. Journal of Ornithology 153, 1165–1177.

Chernetsov, N, Kishkinev, D, Kosarev, V, & Bolshakov, CV (2011) Not all songbirds calibrate their magnetic compass from twilight cues: a telemetry study. Journal of Experimental Biology 214, 2540–2543.

Hein, CM, Engels, S, Kishkinev, D & Mouritsen, H (2011) Robins have a magnetic compass in both eyes. Nature 471, E11.

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

Zapka, M, Heyers, D, Hein, CM, Engels, S, Schneider, N-L, Hans, J, Weiler S, Dreyer D, Kishkinev, D, Wild, M & Mouritsen, H. (2009) Visual, but not trigeminal, mediation of magnetic compass information in a migratory bird. Nature 461, 1274–1277.

Chernetsov, N, Kishkinev, D & Mouritsen, H. (2008) A long-distance avian migrant compensates for longitudinal displacement during spring migration. Current Biology 18, 188–190.

Chernetsov, N, Kishkinev, D, Gashkov, S, Kosarev, S & Bolshakov C. (2008) Orientation programme of first-year pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca from Siberia implies an innate detour around Central Asia. Animal Behavior 75, 539–545.

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