Institution or affiliation:
Biological Station Rybachy Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences Pobedy 32, Rybachy, Kaliningrad region, 238535, Russia
I was interested in biology and in natural sciences since my childhood and spent a lot of time observing habits of various animals. My general interest switched to birds when I was presented by the male greenfinch to keep it in captivity when I was in high school. Later I was educated as a teacher of biology and chemistry. Every summer during my education I severed as a volunteer at the famous ornithological institute – Biological Station Rybachy of the Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (former Vogelwarte Rossitten). In 2008 I was awarded a Ph.D. for a thesis on ‘Migration strategy of Robins (Erithacus rubecula) in Eastern Baltic’ from the Zoological Institute RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then I’ve been working at the Biological Station Rybachy as a researcher. My scientific interests cover rather broad fields from stopover ecology through physiology of migration to migratory strategies of birds and impact of climate change on bird migration. My current research interests are related to hormonal regulation of migration in passerines. Specifically I study the role of corticosterone in the control of migratory physiology and behavior. I believe that knowledge on regulatory mechanisms of migratory behavior will help in assessing the limits of adaptability to the global changes we are observing now on the Earth.
Reasons to be a member of EOU Council
For the first time I attended EOU conference in 2001 in Groningen and I was fascinated by its atmosphere and scientific level. Currently I consider EOU conferences as an excellent place for exchanging ideas and for personal contacts between people from different countries. Moreover during every EOU conference I know a new direction of ornithological research that I had not known before. Therefore I think that EOU conferences are especially important for young and early-career researchers, who form their scientific scope. One of my aims is sharing information about EOU activities and EOU conferences among Russian audience and especially among students and encouraging them to participate in it. Also I see that Russia has many excellent field ornithologists; Europe traditionally is strong in theoretical and evolutionary approaches. I believe that the most prominent achievements in ornithology are possible in true collaboration among scientists with various experiences. As a member of EOU council I’ll try to connect as many researchers from Russia and Europe as possible.
by Martin Muir | Nov 6, 2019