Institution or affiliation:
Biological Station Rybachy Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences Pobedy 32, Rybachy, Kaliningrad region, 238535, Russia
I have been interested in biology and natural sciences since my childhood and have spent a lot of time observing the habits of various animals. My general interest switched to birds when I was presented with a male greenfinch to keep in captivity when I was in High School. Later, I was educated as a teacher of biology and chemistry at Herzen State Pedagogical University in Saint-Petersburg. In 2008, I was awarded a Ph.D. for my thesis on the ‘Migration strategy of Robins (Erithacus rubecula) in Eastern Baltic’ from the Zoological Institute RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia. My scientific interests range widely from stopover ecology through physiology of migration to migratory strategies of birds and the impact of climate change on bird populations. My current research focuses on the hormonal regulation of migration in passerines, physiology of the avian annual cycle and using leukocyte profile as an indicator of physiological condition in birds. I believe that knowledge of regulatory mechanisms of migratory behavior will help in assessing the limits of adaptability to the global changes we are now observing on Earth.
by Martin Muir | Nov 6, 2019