I am currently studying behavioral ecology and evolution at the University of Tennessee, but live in New Jersey were I teach Zoology at Kean University. I am co-running a long-term study of Japanese bats' population dynamics and behavioral adaptations to habitat modification and climate change, as well as research projects on bird, reptile and mammal biology and conservation in USA, Yakutia and South-East Asia.
In 2017-2019 I worked at at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, studying animal behavior and conservation. I am continuing a few long-term projects there as visiting researcher.
In 2013-2016 I conducted a study of the possible effects of invasive brood parasites on North American birds (with Mark Hauber and a few other American and European colleagues).
In 2012-2013 I participated in a whooping crane reintroduction project in Louisiana; my work involved research on crane behavior and ecology, remote tracking, herpetological and mammalogical surveys, landowner education and public outreach. Official project website.
In 2011, I got a Ph.D from the University of Miami, studying the evolution of long-distance communication systems in crocodilians (adviser Steven Green). Here's PDF of my dissertation. Later I did some follow-up studies on other aspects of crocodilian biology, such as tree climbing, coordinated hunting, and using tools. Here are my article The Unknown Crocodiles about this research for The Conservation; another article The Crocodilian Revolution for ZME Science; and my Ask Me Anything session on Reddit Science.
I've also studied zoonotic diseases (plague and Sin Nombre hantavirus) in the American West, saola ecology in Vietnam, woolly flying squirrel biology in Pakistan, ptarmigan ecology in the High Arctic, ungulate conservation in Israel, European mink ecology in Russia, and other interesting subjects.
Leading whooping crane chicks, White Lake, Louisiana.
2021 Doody JS, Dinets V, Burghardt GM. The Secret Social Lives of Reptiles. In press, John Hopkins University Press. More info
2016 Dinets V. Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. More info
2015. Dinets V. Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. More info
2013. Dinets V. Dragon Songs. Arcade, New York, 318 pp. More info
2004. Newell JA (ed.), Dinets V, Krechmar M, Mihailov A, Shibnev Yu. Russian Far East - Environmental Handbook. Friends of Earth - Japan, 468 pp.
1998. Dinets V, Rotshild E. Domestic Animals. ABF, Moscow (in Russian), 512 pp.
1996. Dinets, V, Rotshild E. Mammals of Russia. ABF, Moscow (in Russian), 352 pp.
1995. Beme A., Dinets V, Flint V, Cherenkov A. Birds of Russia. ABF, Moscow (in Russian). 432 pp.
Selected journal publications
61. 2021 Dinets V. Apparent surface feeding by pygmy sperm whales (Kogia breviceps). Aquatic Mammals 47:111-113. PDF
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
2017. Dinets V. Coordinated hunting by Cuban boas. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4:24-29. PDF
2015 Dinets V. The Canis tangle: a systematics overview with recommendations on taxonomy. Vavilov Journal of Genetics and Breeding 19:286-291. PDF.
2015 Dinets V. Play behavior in crocodilians. Animal Behavior and Cognition 2:49-55 PDF
2015 Dinets V. Apparent coordination and collaboration in cooperatively hunting crocodilians. Ethology Ecology and Evolution27:244-250. PDF
2013. Dinets, V. Crane dances as play behavior. Ibis 155: 424-425. PDF
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 an English summary).
1995. Dinets, V. Surviving sites of European Mink Mustela lutreola in Moscow region. Lutreola 6: 24-34.
Selected media coverage
Crocodilian behavior: CBS News, CNN International, Daily Mail, Daily Science Journal, Discovery News, IOL SciTech, National Geographic, more National Geographic, 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, The Colbert Report, IFLS.
Other: Ten places where the wild things are (CNN); search for saola (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).