Name: Dr Dmitry Kishkinev
Position: [former Bangor University]
[currently] Lecturer (Animal Behaviour / Behavioural Neuroscience) and Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
Email: d.kishkinev (at)
Address: School of Life Sciences, Keele University,
Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG UK
Phone (office): tba

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  • Research interests:

    My research focuses on the role of different sensory systems required for animal navigation. Specifically, I address the questions how magnetic and olfactory senses help animals finding their geographic position relative to their (e.g. migratory) destination and how the animal magnetic sense works. For the latter I study the avian magnetic sense but plan to extend a list of model species to include some fish and insect species.

    My current Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship project based at Bangor University (UK) aims to further study a recently discovered disturbing effect of anthropogenic electromagnetic fields on the avian magnetic compass sense (see below).

    My main model systems are both migratory songbirds and homing pigeons. I am now working towards establishing an international and interdisciplinary consortium of researchers to make a significant progress in demystifying the animal magnetic sense through extending model systems (include migratory butterflies and fish species besides historically popular birds) and make use of state-of-the-art research methods.

    I am also enthusiastic in development and application of advanced telemetry and bio-logging techniques for movement ecology and bird navigation. For my Russian Science Foundation grant (see below), we deploy and use a network of automated radio-tracking towers to study movements of birds and other animals (e.g. migrating dragonflies - in collaboration with Dr Myles Menz, Max Plank Institute of Animal Behaviour, Germany) in the southeastern part of the Baltic Sea. This is our work towards building a part of the MOTUS system in Europe (see more about MOTUS here, the map of European radio receivers is here). We recently deployed Vildehaye radio tower at Rybachy. Vildehaye is the result of the ATLAS project for high-throughput wildlife radio-tracking system developed by Minerva Centre for Movement Ecology (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel). I also have also used light-level geologgers for great reed warblers tracking, and I am now using GPS tracking for homing pigeons.

    I would be happy to consider any suggestions for collaboration.

    Selected Publications:

    D. Kishkinev, A. Anashina, I. Ishchenko, R.A. Holland (2019)
    Anosmic migrating songbirds demonstrate a compensatory response following long-distance translocation: a radio-tracking study.
    Journal of Ornithology doi: 10.1007/s10336-019-01698-z

    D. Dreyer, B. el Jundi, D. Kishkinev, C. Suchentrunk, L. Campostrini, B. J. Frost, T. Zechmeister, E. J. Warrant (2018)
    Evidence for a southward autumn migration of nocturnal noctuids moths in central Europe
    Journal of Experimental Biology 221, jeb179218 doi: 10.1242/jeb.179218

    A. Mukhin, D. Kobylkov, D. Kishkinev, V. Grinkevich (2018)
    Interrupted breeding in a songbird migrant triggers development of nocturnal locomotor activity
    Scientific Reports 8 (1):5520.

    N. Chernetsov, A. Pakhomov, D. Kobylkov, D. Kishkinev, R. Holland, H. Mouritsen (2017)
    Migratory Eurasian reed warblers can use magnetic declination to solve the longitude problem
    Current Biology 27 (17):2647-2651.e2.

    D. Kishkinev, D. Heyers, B.K. Woodworth, G.W. Mitchell, A.H. Keith, D.R. Norris (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.

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

    D. Kishkinev, N. Chernetsov (2015)
    Magnetoreception systems in birds: a review of current research
    Biology Bulletin Reviews 5 (1):46-62.

    D. Kishkinev, N. Chernetsov, A. Pakhomov, D. Heyers, H. Mouritsen (2015)
    Eurasian reed warblers compensate for virtual magnetic displacement
    Current Biology 25 (19):R822-R824.

    D. Kishkinev, N. Chernetsov, D. Heyers, H. Mouritsen (2013)
    Migratory reed warblers need intact trigeminal nerves to correct for a 1,000 km eastward displacement
    PLoS One 8 (6):e65847.

    D. Kishkinev, H. Mouritsen, C.V. Mora (2012)
    An attempt to develop an operant conditioning paradigm to test for magnetic discrimination behavior in a migratory songbird
    Journal of Ornithology 153 (4):1165-1177.

    C.M. Hein, S. Engels, D. Kishkinev, H. Mouritsen (2011)
    Robins have a magnetic compass in both eyes
    Nature 471 (7340):E1.

    N. Chernetsov, D. Kishkinev, V. Kosarev, C.V. Bolshakov (2011)
    Not all songbirds calibrate their magnetic compass from twilight cues: a telemetry study
    Journal of Experimental Biology 214 (15):2540-2543.

    D. Kishkinev, N. Chernetsov, H. Mouritsen (2010)
    A Double-Clock or Jetlag Mechanism is Unlikely to be Involved in Detection of East¬óWest Displacements in a Long-Distance Avian Migrant
    The Auk 127 (4):773-780.

    M. Zapka, D. Heyers, C.M. Hein, S. Engels, N. Schneider, J. Hans, S. Weiler, D. Dreyer, D. Kishkinev, J.M. Wild (2009)
    Visual but not trigeminal mediation of magnetic compass information in a migratory bird
    Nature 461 (7268):1274.

    N. Chernetsov, D. Kishkinev, H. Mouritsen (2008)
    A long-distance avian migrant compensates for longitudinal displacement during spring migration
    Current Biology 18 (3):188-190.

    N. Chernetsov, D. Kishkinev, S. Gashkov, V. Kosarev, C.V. Bolshakov (2008)
    Migratory programme of juvenile pied flycatchers, Ficedula hypoleuca, from Siberia implies a detour around Central Asia
    Animal Behaviour 75 (2):539-545.


  • 2017-present: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Bangor University, UK
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Bangor University, UK
  • 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 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
  • 2003-2005: MSc (Biology), St Petersburg State University, Russia
  • 1998-2003: Diploma (Teacher of Biology/Chemistry), Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, Russia


  • 2017-2020: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Project title: The disturbing effect of electromagnetic fields on the avian magnetic compass sense.
  • 2017-2019: Russian Scientific Foundation Research Grant (PI together with 6 other participants). Project title: Sensory systems for short and long distance navigation in birds.
  • 2012-2014: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSERC, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). Project title: Testing the magnetic and olfactory map hypotheses explaining navigational abilities in songbirds using translocation and automated radio-telemetry (see results in Kishkinev et al. 2016).
  • 2006-2011: 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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