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Nikita Chernetsov

Leading research fellow

Born 28 September 1972 in Leningrad, USSR.

E-mail: nikita.chernetsov@gmail.com

My research interests include orientation and navigation of migrating birds, particularly the map sense of long-distance migrants. I am also involved in the project on migratory orientation and navigation of birds which is performed in collaboration with the group of Dr. Julia Bojarinova at St. Petersburg State University and in the framework of interdisciplinary project "Physical mechanisms of orientation and navigation of birds" (2014―2016).

I am also working on songbird stopover ecology and behaviour. This research includes studies of landfall and departure decisions, methods of estimating stopover duration and fuel deposition rate, habitat requirements of migrants at stopovers. It has been summarised in the monograph published by Springer Verlag:

Chernetsov N. 2012. Passerine migration: stopovers and flight. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 184 p. Link



  • 2000: Awarded a Ph.D. on 'Migratory strategies of Acrocephalus warblers within Europe' from the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.
  • 1994: Master of Science (diploma with honours) in Biology from St. Petersburg State University.

Complete list of my publications in Google Scholar.

Selected publications in English:

Kavokin K., Chernetsov N., Pakhomov A., Bojarinova J., Kobylkov D., Namozov B. 2014. Magnetic orientation of garden warblers (Sylvia borin) under 1.4 MHz radiofrequency magnetic field. J. R. Soc. Interface 11: 20140451. Link

Pakhomov A., Chernetsov N. 2014. Early evening activity of migratory Garden Warbler Sylvia borin: compass calibration activity? Journal of Ornithology 155: 621-630. Link

Chernetsov N. 2013. Body mass of European Robins Erithacus rubecula at migratory stopovers is strongly habitat-related. Avian Ecology and Behaviour 23: 15-21. Link

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

Mettler R., Schaefer H.M., Chernetsov N., Fiedler W., Hobson K.A., Ilieva M., Imhof E., Johnsen A., Renner S.C., Rolshausen G. Serrano D., Wesolowski T., Segelbacher T. 2013. Contrasting patterns of genetic differentiation among blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) with divergent migratory orientations in Europe. PLoS ONE 8(11): e81365. Link

Chernetsov N. 2012. Passerine migration: stopovers and flight. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 184 p. Link

Chernetsov N. 2011. Daytime movements of nocturnal migrants at stopover between two nearby capture sites. J. Ornithol. 152: 1007-1011. Link

Chernetsov N., Kishkinev D., Kosarev V., Bolshakov C.V. 2011. Not all songbirds calibrate their magnetic compass from twilight cues: a telemetry study. J. Exp. Biol. 214: 2540-2543. Link

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. Link

Chernetsov N. 2010. Recent experimental data on the energy costs of avian flight call for a revision of optimal migration theory. Auk 127: 232-234. Link

Chernetsov N. 2010. Migratory stopovers of Wrens Troglodytes troglodytes on the south-eastern Baltic coast. Avian Ecology and Behaviour 17: 13-22. PDF

Chernetsov N., Sokolov L.V., Kosarev V. 2009. Local survival rates of Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca depend on their immigration status. Avian Ecology and Behaviour 16: 11-20. PDF

Grinkevich V., Chernetsov N., Mukhin A. 2009. Juvenile Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus see the world but settle close to home. Avian Ecology and Behaviour 16: 3-10. PDF

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

Mukhin A., Chernetsov N., Kishkinev D. 2008. Acoustic information as a distant cue for habitat recognition by nocturnally migrating passerines during landfall. Behavioral Ecology 19: 716-723. Link

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

Bojarinova J., Ilves A., Chernetsov N., Leivits A. 2008. Body mass, moult and migration speed of the Goldcrest Regulus regulus in relation to the timing of migration at different sites of the migration route. Ornis Fennica 85: 55-65. PDF

Selected publications in other languages:

Кишкинёв Д.А., Чернецов Н.С. 2014. Магниторецепторные системы у птиц: обзор современных исследований. Журнал общей биологии 75 (2): 104-123. PDF

Чернецов Н.С. 2010. Миграция воробьиных птиц: остановки и полёт. М., Т-во научных изданий КМК. 173 с. Link 1, Link 2

Панов И.Н., Чернецов Н.С. 2010. Миграционная стратегия варакушки (Luscinia svecica) в Восточной Фенноскандии. Сообщение 1: Основные параметры миграционных остановок. Труды Зоологического института РАН 314 (1): 93-104. PDF

Панов И.Н., Чернецов Н.С. 2010. Миграционная стратегия варакушки (Luscinia svecica) в Восточной Фенноскандии. Сообщение 2: Реакция на акустические маркеры и выбор биотопа на миграционной остановке. Труды Зоологического института РАН 314 (2): 173-183. PDF

Чернецов Н.С., Булюк В.Н., Ктиторов П.С. 2010. Роль Джаныбекского оазиса как места миграционных остановок дендрофильных видов воробьиных птиц. Поволжский экологический журнал 2: 204-216. PDF

Member of Editorial Board:

Journal of Ornithology

Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS, St. Petersburg

Avian Ecology and Behaviour

Biological Letters

Ringing and Migration

Avian Research

Teaching experience:

2001―2004: Lecturing at St. Petersburg State University: "Selected aspects of avian ecology" (graduate students).

Postal address:

Nikita Chernetsov
Biological Station Rybachy
Zoological Institute, Rybachy 238535
Kaliningrad Region, Russia

Phone +7 401 5041251, fax +7 401 5041345
Mobile +7 921 743 5141

E-mail nikita.chernetsov@gmail.com