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Department of Vertebrate Zoology

Tatyana A.Ilyina

Tatyana Aleksandrovna ILYINA

senior researcher, PhD



Born 14.06.1950 in Moscow, USSR. Graduated from Moscow State University, Biological faculty in 1973 with a diploma in zoology (Dept. Vertebrate Zoology).

1986 - Candidate of Science ( = Ph.D.) at the Zoological Institute USSR Acad. Sci., Leningrad. Dissertation: Energetics of behaviour of the Chaffinch in the breeding period. Scientific supervisor: professor Victor R. Dolnik.



1973 -1989 junior  researcher, Biological Station Rybachy of the Zoological Institute

1989 ― present: junior researcher at Biological faculty of the Moscow State University (Dept. Vertebrate Zoology). Research fellow since 1993, senior research fellow since 2004.

Fields of scientific interest:

Population ecology, ecological energetics and behaviour of passerine birds. Favorite model species - Great Tit , Parus major and Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca.

Teaching experience:

1992 ― present:  summer practical training in terrestrial vertebrate zoology (first- and second-year students); practical training in ecological physiology (third - year students); diploma projects supervision.

Member of Editorial Board:

Ornithologia, Moscow

Memberships in professional associations:

Moscow Society of Investigators of Nature

European Ornithologists' Union.

About 70 papers.

Selected publications:

Dolnik V.R., N.V. Vinogradova, V.M. Gavrilov, T.V. Dolnik, T.A. Ilyina, D.S. Lyuleeva, V.A. Payevsky, L.V. Sokolov, M.E. Shumakov, M.L. Yablonkevich. 1982. [Population ecology of the Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)]. L., Nauka. 302 . In Russian, English summary.

Ilyina T.A. 1982. [Structure and self-control of time and energy budgets of the male Chaffinch, Fringilla c. coelebs]// Time and energy budgets in free-living birds. Proc of Zool. Inst. Acad. Sci. USSR. V. 113. L., p.37-45. In Russian, English summary. [download pdf-file]

Dolnik V.R., Ilyina T.A. 1985.Time and energy budgets of the Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs during reproductive period and problems of universal coeffitients for converting time budget to energy budgetXVIII Congressus Internationalis Ornithologicus. Acta. V.1. Nauka..416-420.

Bianki V.V., Ilyina T.A. 1991. [Annual consumption of energy and matter by birds of the White see]// Ornithologia. M., MSU. Iss. 25. P. 3-14. In Russian, English summary. [download pdf-file]

Ilyina T.A. 1991.  [Daily time and energy budgets of paired and single Willow Warblers (Phylloscopus trochilus) in period of feeding nestlings]// Zoologicheskii zhurnal. V.70, N 2. .86-93. In Russian, English summary. [download pdf-file]

Kerimov A.B., Ivankina E.V., Ilyina T.A., Gavrilov V.M. 1994. [Dynamics of morphological and physiological correlates of dominance in the annual cycle of Great Tit (Parus major, Passeriformes; Aves)]// Doklady Akademii Nauk. V.334, 2. P.249-252. In Russian.

Ivankina E.V., Ilyina T.A., Kerimov A.B. 1995. [The male plumage variability and the strategy of attracting a female: the estimating of the advertising behaviours spatial organization in brightly and cryptically coloured Pied Flycather males (Ficedula hypoleuca, Passeriformes, Aves)]// Zhurnal obshchei biologii. V.56, N 6. P.782-795. In Russian, English summary. [download pdf-file]

Ilyina T.A. 1996. [The role of energetics in social relations of birds] // Ornithologia. M., MSU. Iss. 27. P. 98-126. In Russian, English summary. [download pdf-file]

Ivankina E.V., Ilyina T.A., Kerimov A.B. 1996. [Microhabitat use in variously colored males of Pied Flycatcher in the breeding season] // Ornithologia. M., MSU. Iss. 27. P..168-177. In Russian, English summary. [download pdf-file]

Ilyina T.A., Ivankina E.V. 2001. Seasonal variation of singing activity and relative effect of advertising behaviour of males with different plumage colour the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca). Acta Ornithologica, v.36, N 1. P.85-89. [download pdf-file]

Ilyina T.A., Ivankina E.V., Kerimov A.B., Grinkov V.G., Sternberg H., Schwarz A. 2001. Who colonises new areas in Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca populations? Avian ecology and behaviour. Proc. of the biol. station Rybachy. V.6.  P. 48-49.

Ots I., Kerimov A.B., Ivankina E.V., Ilyina T.A., Horak P. 2001. Immune challenge affects basal metabolic activity in wintering Great Tits. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences. V. 268 (1472): 1175-1181. [download pdf-file]

H.Sternberg, V.G. Grinkov, E.V.Ivankina, T. A.Ilyina, A.B.Kerimov, A.Schwarz. 2002. Evaluation of the size and composition of nonbreeding surplus in the Pied Flycatcher population: removal experiments in Germany and Russia.// Ardea . V.90, N 3. P. 461-470. [download pdf-file]

Ilina T.A.  2004. [Energy cost of advertising behavior in males of the Pied Flycatcher  (Ficedula hypoleuca) with different plumage color]// Zoologicheskii zhurnal. V. 83,   11. P. 1387-1393. In Russian, English summary. [download pdf-file]

Ilyina T.A., Kerimov A.B., Ivankina E.V.. 2009. Preferable distance as an indicator of social relationships between the Great Tits (Parus major) under condition of limited space. Zoologicheskii zhurnal, v.88, N 1, p.71-77. In Russian, English summary.[download pdf-file]

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