Curriculum Vitae

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Behavior, ecology and evolution. More specifically, evolution of complex animal behavior, applications of behavioral ecology to conservation, tropical biology, vertebrate zoology, and zoogeography.



2011 Ph.D (Biology), University of Miami, USA. Advisor Steven Green.
Dissertation The role of habitat in crocodilian communication. Abstract, PDF.

1991 M.Sc. (Biological Engineering), Moscow State Technical University, Russia. This was a 5-year program with no separate B.Sc. degree. Thesis New methods of acoustical studies on Orthoptera.




2022-present - Part-time Instructor (Statistics), Rutgers University.

2019-2021 - Adjunct Lecturer (Zoology), Kean University.

2011-present - Research Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dept. of Psychology.
Studies of behavioral ecology and evolution of complex behavior.

2019-present - Visiting Researcher, Okinawa Institute or Science and Technology.

Studies of behavioral ecology and conservation.


2017-2019 - Science and Technology Associate, Okinawa Institute or Science and Technology.

Studies of behavioral ecology and conservation.

2012-2013 - Research Associate, Louisiana State University, School of Renewable Natural Resources.
Research on crane behavior and ecology; work on a whooping crane reintroduction project, including remote tracking, landowner education, public outreach; zoological surveys.

Prior to receiving Ph. D.:

2004-2005 - Research Technician, University of New Mexico, Department of Biology.
Research on small mammal ecology and zoonotic diseases (hantaviruses, plague, bartonella); maintaining databases, developing research protocols, training field technicians.

2003-2004 - Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.
Field research on small mammals, zoonotic diseases (mostly plague), and grassland ecosystems.

1994-2003 - Consultant, Actual Biology Fund, Moscow, Russia.
Research on endangered species and their captive breeding, zoological surveys, scientific editing, consulting government agencies and assisting environmental law enforcement.

1991-1992 - Researcher, Institute of Global Climate and Ecology, Moscow, Russia.
Monitoring the ecological status of freshwater ecosystems.



2018-2019 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: KAKENHI Grant for Early-Career Scientists (solo PI), $38,000, for the project Solving the mystery of Ross’s gull migration.

2017-2019 OIST research and travel support, $42,000 annually.

2014 Russian translation of Dragon Songs shortlisted for Russia’s main book awards, Great Book and Enlightener.

2013 Copeia: Best Paper by Young Scholar Award, for the paper Long-distance signaling in Crocodylia.

2013 Publishers Weekly: Gold Star for books on science, for the book Dragon Songs.

2008 University of Miami: Tropical Biology Fellowship (annual stipend) for the study Crocodilian social behavior.

2007 Sigma Xi: Research Grant (solo PI) for the study Crocodilian social behavior.

1996 Russian Academy of Natural Sciences: Grant for Advanced Biology and Conservation Research (solo PI), $8,000, for conservation work in Siberia.

1993 Russian Academy of Sciences: Vavilov Grant for Young Researchers (solo PI), for European mink research.



2022-present Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Teaching statistics.

2019-2021 Kean University, New Jersey.
Teaching zoology.

Summer 2020 Online zoology mini-courses for middle and high school students (classes of 10-20).

2018-2019 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan.
Mini-course on research methods in behavioral ecology; spring semesters, 2018-2019
Seminar and training on fieldwork safety; fall semester 2018

2005-2011 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
General Biology Course lab sessions; fall semesters, 2005-2007, 2009-2011
Evolution & Biodiversity Course lab sessions; spring semesters, 2005-2008, 2010-2011

2010-2014 (one week per year) Moscow School for Gifted Children, Russia.
Selected topics on behavioral ecology, field research methods and other subjects.

1994-2003 Actual Biology Fund, Moscow, Russia.
Workshops for nature reserve employees and extracurricular school biology classes.

1995 - Parque Nacional Manu, Cuzco Province, Peru
Teaching ecology, zoology and research techniques to park rangers and volunteers.



Editorial board member: Behavior, Journal of Animal Sentience, Psychology & Cognitive Science, Scientific Reports.

Reviewing for journals: African Journal of Ecology, Ecography, Integrative Zoology, Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Mammalogy, Mammalia, Small Carnivore Conservation, Zoology, Zoology in the Middle East.

Reviewing grant applications for Animal Behavior Society and National Geographic Society.

Conference co-organizing: Social Behavior in Reptiles symposium at 2016 meeting of American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans.

Mentoring student research: co-mentored Edward Galoyan (Ph.D, Moscow State University), Jennifer Moemba (M.S., University of Bloemfontein, South Africa), David Rhind (Ph.D., Monash University, Melbourne), and Jason Preble (Ph.D., University of Kyoto).

Conservation work:
Surveys of endangered wildlife in Vietnam, WWF-Vietnam/World Conservation Society, 2011-2018;
Organizing and leading an expedition to northeastern Siberia, Danish Ornithological Society, 2007;
Wildlife rescue/rehabilitation, epizootics prevention, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, 2002-2003;
Marine mammals monitoring, Monterey Bay Whalewatch, 2001-2002;
Wildlife surveys, law enforcement, consulting, liaison services, Manu National Park, Peru, 1995;
Reintroduction of rare ungulates, carnivores and raptors in Negev Desert, Hai Bar Nature Reserve, Israel, 1993-1994.

Expert support: BBC, CBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, National Geographic TV Channel.

Assessor and editor: numerous species accounts in IUCN Red List.

Expert witness: at trials of illegal wildlife traders in Russia (1996) and Sikkim (1999).



16. 2021 Doody JS, Dinets V, Burghardt GM. The Secret Social Life of Reptiles. John Hopkins University Press.More info

14. 2016 Dinets V. Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. More info

13. 2015 Dinets V. Peterson Guide to Finding Mammals. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. More info.

12. 2013 Dinets V. Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators and Other Dinosaur Relations. Arcade, New York, 318 pp. More info

10. 2012 Dinets V. Wild Africa. BHV, Saint Petersburg (in Russian), 320 pp.

8. 2004 Newell JA (ed.), Dinets V, Krechmar M, Mihailov A, Shibnev Yu. Russian Far East - Environmental Handbook. Friends of Earth - Japan, 468 pp.

5. 1998 Dinets V, Rotshild E. Domestic Animals. ABF, Moscow (in Russian), 512 pp.

4. 1996 Dinets V, Rotshild E. Mammals of Russia. ABF, Moscow (in Russian), 352 pp.

3. 1995 Beme A, Dinets V, Flint V, Cherenkov A. Birds of Russia. ABF, Moscow (in Russian). 432 pp.

1. 1991 Abakumov V. (ed.), Dinets V, Novikova E, Tarasov A. Current Status of Freshwater Ecosystems of the USSR. VNIIGMI-MZO, Moscow-St. Petersburg (in Russian). 880 pp.



- Dinets V, Friedman NR, Yoshimura M, Ogasawara M, Economo EP. Effects on bat populations by a supertyphoon vs. ordinary typhoons along a habitat urbanization gradient. In publ., Journal of Animal Ecology.

- Dinets V. Play behavior in ectothermic vertebrates. In publ., Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

66. 2022 Dinets V, Maikov M. Long-tailed bandicoot rat is not extinct. Zoology in the Middle East. PDF

65. 2022 Kisleiko A, Dinets V, Grihchenko M, Kozlovskiy E, Khlyap L. The European mink (Mustela lutreola) on Kunashir Island: confirmed survival 40 years after introduction. Mammal Study 47:1-10. Abstract PDF

64. 2021 Dinets V. First case of endothermy in semi-sessile animals. Journal of Experimental Biology A - Ecological and Integrative Physiology 337:111-114. Abstract PDF

63. 2021 Dinets V, Asada K. Noble savages: the natural history of human-independent Rattus rats in Japan. Journal of Natural History 54:2391-2414. Abstract PDF

62. 2021 Dinets V. Apparent surface feeding by pygmy sperm whales (Kogia breviceps). Aquatic Mammals 47:111-113. PDF

61. 2021 Khlyap LA, Dinets V, Warshavsky AA, Osipov FA, Dergunova NN, Petrosyan VG. Aggregated occurrence records of the invasive alien striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius Pall.) in the former USSR. Biodiversity Data Journal 9:e69159. Full text

60. 2020 Dinets V, Friedman NR, Yoshimura M, Ogasawara M, Economo EP. Acoustic detection of an unknown bat species in Okinawa. Mammal Study 45:353-356. Abstract PDF

59. 2020 Dinets V. First record of tree cavity roosting in frosted myotis (Myotis pruinosus). Journal of Bat Research and Conservation 13:10-11. PDF

58. 2018 Dinets V. First record of Chinese Crested Tern (Thalasseus bernsteini) in Japan. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 50:1-3. PDF

57. 2018 Dinets V, Sokolovskis K, Hanley D, Hauber ME. Striking difference in response to expanding brood parasites between birds of western and eastern Beringia. Journal of Field Ornithology 89:117-125. Abstract PDF

56. 2018 Dinets V, Hall J. Mammalwatching: a new source of support for science and conservation. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 10:154-160. Abstract PDF

55. 2017 Dinets V, Kolenov S. An undescribed New World warbler (Parulidae) in the mountains of Cuba? Neotropical Biology and Conservation 12:235-237. Abstract PDF

54. 2017 Dinets V. Roosting under tree leaves in Schwartz’s Myotis (Chiroptera). Neotropical Biology and Conservation 12:232-234.Abstract PDF

53. 2017 Dinets, V. First observations on the behavior of the flightless anomalure (Zenkerella insignis). Zoology 123:121-123. Abstract PDF

52. 2017 Dinets V, Sanchez M. Brown Dippers (Cinclus pallasi) overwintering at -65°C in northeastern Siberia. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129:397-400. Abstract PDF

51. 2017 Dinets V. Coordinated hunting by Cuban boas. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4:24-29. PDF

50. 2017 Dinets V. Surface foraging in Scapanus moles. Mammalia 82:48-53. Abstract PDF

49. 2016 Dinets V. Long-term cave roosting in the spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum). Mammalia 81:529-531. Abstract PDF

48. 2016 Dinets V. Spontaneous development of hunting-like behavior in juvenile humans: a case study. Humanimalia 8:32-40. Abstract PDF HTML

47. 2016 Dinets V, Eligulashvili B. Striped hyenas in gray wolf packs: cooperation, commensalism or singular aberration? Zoology in the Middle East 62:85-87. PDF

46. 2016 Dinets V. Predation on amphibians and reptiles by reintroduced whooping cranes (Grus americana) in Louisiana. American Midland Naturalist 175:135-138. Abstract PDF

45. 2016 Dinets V. No cortex no cry (an invited commentary on Why fish do not feel pain by Brian Key). Animal Sentience 1:013. Abstract PDF

44. 2015 Dinets V. Can interrupting cultural transmission be beneficial? The Condor 117:624-628. Abstract PDF

43. 2015 Dinets V, Samaš P, Croston R, Grim T, Hauber ME. Predicting the responses of native songbirds to trans-oceanic invasions by brood parasites. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:244-251. Abstract PDF

42. 2015 Dinets V. Play behavior in crocodilians. Animal Behavior & Cognition 2:49-55. Abstract PDF

41. 2015 Dinets, V. The Canis tangle: a systematics overview with recommendations on taxonomy. Vavilov Journal of Genetics and Breeding 19:286-291. PDF

40. 2015 Dinets V. Apparent coordination and collaboration in cooperatively hunting crocodilians. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 27:244-250. PDF

39. 2015 Dinets V, Brueggen J, Brueggen J. Crocodilians use tools for hunting. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 27:74-78. Abstract PDF

38. 2015 Dinets V, de Beenhower M, Hall J. Extralimital records of pallid and Rueppell’s foxes from Afar Desert of Ethiopia. Canid Biology & Conservation 18:30-32. PDF

37. 2015 Dinets V. Trogloxeny in Caucasian parsley frog, Pelodytes caucasicus. Herpetological Review 133:31-32. PDF

36. 2014 Burghardt GM, Dinets V & Murphy JB. Highly repetitive object play in a cichlid fish (Tropheus duboisi). Ethology 121:38-44. Abstract PDF

35. 2014 Dinets V. Why avian systematics are no longer scientific. South Dakota Bird Notes 66:26-29. PDF

34. 2013 Dinets V, Britton A, Shirley MH. Climbing behavior in extant crocodilians. Herpetology Notes 7: 3-7. PDF

33. 2013 Dinets V. Underwater sound locating ability in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Journal of Herpetology 47: 521-523. Abstract PDF

32. 2013 Dinets V. Long-distance signaling in extant crocodilians. Copeia 2013: 517-526. Abstract PDF

31. 2013 Dinets, V. Do individual crocodilians adjust their signaling to habitat structure? Ethology Ecology & Evolution 25: 174-184. Abstract PDF

30. 2013 Dinets V. Crane dances as play behavior. Ibis 155: 424-425. PDF

29. 2013 Doody JS, Burghardt GM, Dinets V. Breaking the social-nonsocial dichotomy: A role for reptiles in vertebrate social behaviour research? Ethology 118: 1-9. Abstract PDF

28. 2012 Dinets V. Notes on Cozumel raccoon (Procyon pygmaeus) and Tres Marias raccoon (P. insularis). Small Carnivore Conservation 47: 14-16. PDF

27. 2012 Dinets V. Breeding fork-tailed Swifts in Northeastern Vietnam. Forktail 28: 155-156.

26. 2012 Dinets V. Blue-billed malimbe Malimbus nitens associating with crocodiles outside the breeding season. Malimbus 2012: 39-41. PDF

25. 2011 Dinets V. Effects of aquatic habitat continuity on signal composition in crocodilians. Animal Behavior 82: 191-201. Abstract, PDF

24. 2011 Dinets V. Observations of woolly flying squirrel (Eupetaurus cinereus) in Nanga Parbat Range of northern Pakistan. Mammalia 75: 277-280. Abstract, PDF

23. 2011 Dinets V. First sighting of the giant genet (Genetta victoriae) in Rwanda. Small Carnivore Conservation 44: 25-26. PDF

22. 2011 Dinets V. On terrestrial hunting in Crocodilia. Herpetological Bulletin 114: 15-18. Abstract, PDF

21. 2011 Dinets V. Eastern screech-owl catches fish by wading. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123: 846-847.

20. 2011 Dinets V. Melanosuchus niger (black caiman) signaling behavior. Herpetological Review 42: 424.

19. 2011 Dinets V. Crocodylus palustris (mugger crocodile) signaling behavior. Herpetological Review 42: 424.

18. 2011 Dinets V. Crocodylus rhombifer (Cuban crocodile) courtship behavior. Herpetological Review 42: 232.

17. 2010 Dinets V. Observation of Sumatran striped rabbit (Nesolagus nescheri) in the wild. Mammalia 74: 1. Link

16. 2010 Dinets V. Nocturnal behavior of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in the wild during the mating season. Herpetological Bulletin 111: 4-11. Abstract, PDF

15. 2005 Dinets V. & P. Polechla Jr. First documentation of melanism in a jaguar from Northern Mexico. IUCN/SSC Cat News 42: 18. Text

14. 2004 Dinets V. Information on Tres Marias Islands raccoon (Procyon insularis), with the description of tracks. Small Carnivore Conservation 30: 10-11. PDF

13. 2004 Dinets V. The first record of Corvus cryptoleucos from Baja California. Huitzil 5(1): 3-4 (in English and Spanish). PDF

12. 2003 Dinets V. First photo of a bay cat in the wild. IUCN/SSC Cat News 38: 5.

11. 2003 Dinets V. Records of small carnivores from Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo. Small Carnivore Conservation 28: 9. PDF

10. 2001 Dinets V. Ornithological records from Luzon during January-February 2001, including a description of the voice of the brown-banded rail, Lewinia mirificus. Oriental Bird Club Bull. 34: 35-41.

9. 2001 Dinets V. Winter ecology of willow ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus and rock ptarmigan L. mutus at the northern limit of their range. Ornitologia 29: 326-327 (in Russian with English summary).

8. 2001 Dinets V. Breeding of marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) on the coast of the Sakhalin Gulf. Ornitologia 29: 289 (in Russian with English summary).

7. 2001 Dinets V. Brown dipper Cinclus pallasi wintering in Suntar-Hayata Mountains of Yakutia. Ornitologia 29: 326 (in Russian with English summary).

6. 1998 Dinets V. Some information on rare mammals of South America. Lutreola 8: 32-33.

5. 1996 Dinets V. Breeding population of intermediate egret Egretta intermedia on Kuril Islands. Ornitologia 25: 240-241 (in Russian with English summary).

4. 1995 Dinets V. Surviving sites of European mink Mustela lutreola in Moscow region. Lutreola 6: 24-34.

3. 1992 Dinets V. Nesting of Aleutian tern Sterna aleutica on Chukchi Peninsula. In: Colonial Seabirds of the USSR, Nauka, Moscow (in Russian with English summary), pp. 32-34.

2. 1992 Dinets V. Nesting of the spectacled guillemot on Chukchi Peninsula. In: Studies of Marine Birds in the USSR, Institute of Biological Problems of the North, Magadan, Russia, pp. 13-16.

1. 1991 Dinets V. First record of Oriental nightjar Caprimulgus indicus on Kamchatka. In: Publications of the 1st Ornithological Conference, 1991. Nauka i Technika, Minsk (in Russian with English summary), pp. 12-13.



2018 Dinets V. Enemy at the gates. Biosphere.

2014 Dinets V. The unknown crocodiles. The Conservation.

2013 Dinets V. Search for saola. Around the World 2856: 17-22 (in Russian).

2011 Dinets V. The grasshopper mice (Onychomys). Mitteilungen der Bundesarbeitgruppe (BAG) Kleinsauger 11: 8-11.

2001 Dinets V. Shadows around a lamp: how Russia became a hub of illegal trade in tropical wildlife. Arguments and Facts 1032:4-5. (in Russian).

1995 Dinets V. Kuril Islands. Himia i Zhizn 215: 42-54. Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (in Russian).



Mammalwatching meeting, Spain, invited lecture, 2022

The Amphibian Foundation, invited lecture, 2020

University of Kyoto, Biosphere Informatics Lab seminar, 2019

\Monash University, Biology Dept. seminar, 2018.

Princeton University, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seminar, 2017.

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Conference (New Orleans), invited talk, 2016.

Learning from the Wild seminar (organized by Animal Concepts, UK), invited talk, 2016.

US Fish & Wildlife Service webinar, 2016.

Animal Play workshop (organized by Chicago Zool. Society), invited talk, 2016.

Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, 2015

University of California, Davis, Dept. of Evolution and Ecology seminar, 2015.

American Behavior Society Conference (Anchorage, Alaska), talk (with P. Samaš, R. Croston, T. Grim, M. Hauber), 2015.

City University of New York seminar, 2015.

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Conference (Chattanooga, Tennessee), talk, 2014.

University of California, Davis, Dept. of Evolution and Ecology seminar, 2014.

IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group Conference (Lake Charles, Louisiana), invited talk, 2014.

Science of Animal Thinking and Emotion Conference (Washington, DC), invited talk, 2014.

American Crane Workshop (Baraboo, Wisconsin), talk (with S. Zimorski, T. Perkins & S. King), 2014.

Harvard University, Dept. of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology seminar, 2013.

Animal Behavioral Society Conference (Boulder, Colorado), talk, 2013.

Louisiana State University, School of Renewable Natural Resources seminar, 2012.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology seminar, 2012.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Psychology Dept. seminar, 2011.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Biology Dept. seminar, 2011.

Indiana University Animal Behavior Conference, talk, 2011.

University of Florida Herpetology Conference, talk, 2011.

University of Colorado, Boulder, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology seminar, 2004.

University of California, Berkeley, Integrative Biology Dept. seminar, 1998.

Department of Customs (Katmandu, Nepal) workshop on illegal wildlife trade, 1997.



Invasive brood parasites (birds): Nature World News, The Wildlife Society, Scientific American, Science Daily, Audubon, Biosphere.

Whooping cranes: BBC Nature, LaCrosse Tribune, Louisiana Conservationist Magazine, National Geographic Russia, Bird Channel, Science Daily.

Animal play: Daily Mail, Discovery Magazine.

Coordinated hunting in snakes: CNN, National Geographic, Time, Science Times, Gizmodo, New Atlas.

Crocodilian behavior: CBS News, CNN International, Daily Mail, Daily Science Journal, Discovery News, IOL SciTech, National Geographic (1), National Geographic (2), Huffington Post, Oxford Press, Reddit Science, Reuters, Science/AAAS News, Science Daily, Science Recorder, Science World Report, Sci-News, Smithsonian Magazine, Tetrapod Zoology, The Telegraph, The Conservation, Voice of America, Washington Post, Wired, BBC, CBC, Discovery Channel, IFLS.

Frogs and bats: Nature World News, Digital Journal, onEarth, Bioengineering.org

Hunting instinct in humans: Hindustan Times, Science Daily, Business Standard.

Striped hyenas in wolf packs: BBC, Discovery News, Washington Post.

Other: search for saola with WWF (Around the World, Russia); canid systematics (phys.org), terrestrial behavior of moles (Guam Post), Meet the Scientist (BBC wildlife), Chinese crested tern in Japan (Higashi Nippo).



Bird Banding and Mistnetting (Louisiana State University), 2012-13.

Large Birds Handling and Husbandry (Patuxent National Research Refuge), 2012.

Motorboat Operating and Boating Safety (USGS), 2012.

ATV Driving (ATV Safety Institute), 2012.

First Aid and CPR 1998, Wilderness First Aid (Red Cross), 2012.

SCUBA Diving Open Water (NAUI), 1997; Advanced (PADI), 2008.

Effective Teaching (University of Miami), 2007.

Large Animals Handling and Care (Nairobi National Park, Kenya), 2005.

Field Anesthesia of Animals (University of New Mexico), 2004.

Animal Handling; Biohazardous Materials Handling (University of Colorado), 2003.

Professional knowledge of GIS, graphic software, scientific drawing and nature photography. Plant and animal photos have been featured in Nature journal, National Geographic magazine, Handbook of Mammals of the World, etc.


Visiting member, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2020-2021.

American Ornithological Union, American Society of Mammalogists, American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists, Animal Behavior Society, Sigma Xi.



US Citizen. Languages: English fluent, Russian native, Spanish spoken, Ukrainian spoken, French in progress.



Parental leaves in 2014-2015 and 2020.



Dr. George Archibald, McArthur Fellow, Co-founder, International Crane Foundation, george at savingcranes.org, (608)356-3454.

Dr. Gordon Burghardt, Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, gburghar at utk.edu, (865)974-3300.

Dr. Carl Gerhardt, Curators' Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, gerhardth at missouri.edu, (573)882-7219.

Dr. Steven Green, Professor, University of Miami, steven.green at miami.edu, (305)284-4272.

Dr. Mark E. Hauber, Professor, University of Illinois, mhauber at illinois.edu, (217) 300-7127.